Journal Entry Take-aways

 “Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?  It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

This verse relates to a journal entry I wrote in August during my recent mission trip to Costa Rica:

“One thing Alex (a sixteen year old we interviewed from Roblealto’s Alumni program) mentioned was about how seeing the dream of Roblealto start from a chapel in 1930 to what it is today and then to see the dream keep growing and growing was very inspiring to him.  That brought me to the realization that one person can make a difference wherever they are put by God.  It was also personally inspiring to me to realize a dream can become bigger than you realize and take a life of its own (even if you don’t see the results in your lifetime). For if God is in it than it is really out of your hands anyway, isn’t it?!

I saw how we can “start small and just take it one step at a time.” I wanted to pray that for Alex when we prayed for him at the end of the interview but I only thought of it after the fact. (But maybe that truth/idea is more just for me anyway?) So, what have I gotten out of today? What is my takeaway? – “God is the one who causes the growth and true transformation (in our lives, in our dreams, in our relationships, in our faith, etc)!”  To realize this truth can be life changing and freeing for me and potentially for others who I can share that sentiment with and have them to grasp the concept I am trying to convey.”  (Read more about how this interview affected me here.)

Here is another related journal entry as well:

“What is my takeaway from today? – “God’s work is done in the nitty-gritty of everyday life as well as the glamour jobs!” Those teachers at Roblealto’s childcare center weren’t doing glamorous work but were showing up day after day for the hard work in order to be an agent for God’s transformation in those kids’ lives. They were not making excuses or feeling sorry for themselves like they weren’t really doing anything important or making a difference, as I was just doing myself. They know it takes consistency and hard work in an interdisciplinary team working together to change these kids’ lives.

So, it isn’t all highlights/high points in our walk with God.  Lord, help me remember this truth the rest of our trip and in the future. Sometimes just being present in other’s lives is more important than “helping” or “trying to be productive.”

Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?  It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32)

Love to Hear Your Thoughts!