God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10 (JB Phillips)
During the next five weeks, when the opportunities present themselves in Russia, I’ll be teaching a Bible study on Living Out Your God-given Passion. I feel a special connection to this message, because my “doing” (in the verse above) will be what I’m doing! So as weird as it might seem that a sixty-something grandmother who could be snorkeling in Hawaii or fishing in the Sierras is, instead, sitting in a narrow airplane seat for twelve-plus hours, riding noisy, crowded buses and trams, stumbling over uneven sidewalks, and swatting blood-thirsty mosquitos–I couldn’t be more excited.
For one, in between all that discomfort I’ve just described are fabulous home-cooked meals, exquisite ballets and concerts, lovely walks along the riverbank, and hug after hug after hug from loving friends who are like family to me now.
And for two, when I’m doing what God made me to do and planned in advance for me to do–my life gains depth and a significance that I could not otherwise orchestrate or accomplish. It’s like being in “the zone.” And even though it’s rarely measurable–meaning, I don’t know what impact or influence my presence there has–I know that it does. Because from the beginning, this plan was God’s plan. And his plans always succeed.
Again, I invite you to join me on this adventure. Follow along with my thoughts, impressions, and struggles. I do try to post frequently. Pray for me and my CrossRoads partners, Alla and Tanya. Drop me a note about what you’re doing too. Even though I’m half-a-world away, I care. A lot.
And in the meantime, ponder the possibilities of your God-given passion.