With a little under one month before we leave for our field, I have a millions things going on in my heart and in my head.
Two weeks ago we started the process of selling everything we had. We had to condense our home down to 15 bags that we would take with us to India. “How on earth can I ever do this?” I must have asked myself this question a millions times!
I had many emotions going through my mind with each item I picked up. At times I wanted to cry thinking about the memories that were made, and other times, I was happy to throw that “piece of junk” away. Some things that I truly cherished brought back times of joy in my life, and other things triggered thoughts of sadness. But through all the many emotions, my mind was always drawn back to the thoughts of all the new memories my family would make in India.
The day came for the big yard sale, and it brought me tons of joy to tell each person the memories and stories behind the things that they were taking home from our yard sale.
I watched Thomas the Train sets leave that Elijah played with thousands of times, but I knew that same little boy would have thousand of Indian friends to play with and one day be able to share the gospel with.
As little baby dolls were carried out, I imagined Ali Grace sitting down to a make believe tea party with her first little Indian friend. Then, I looked out my window to see a man loading our table and chairs into his truck, and excitement filled my heart at the thought of discipling my new lady friends over a different table in India. Oh, how this turned sadness into great joy!
Many things that I held dear seem so small in comparison to what my Lord gave up on Calvary for me and what He has called our family to do. I am so thankful that I GET to sell everything that I have to serve the Lord with my family in India.
So to answer my question…”YES, it is worth leaving it all behind!”
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,” Philippians 3:8