Please don’t assume that my lack of excitement for Nigeria translates into a desire to stay state-side. I think a lot of people who know me well, know that this trip is a big deal for me and are a wee-bit confused on why I’m not oozing with hyper-excitement. I think some people are expecting me (without realizing it) to find my identity in this trip. I’ve done that before; the result is disappointment.
I echo the apostle Paul in his letter to the Phillipians when he says , “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (1:21). Paul had spent a chunk of his ministry in prison and faced adversity wherever he went. He didn’t find his identity in the success of his churches or the lack of persecution he found. He found his identity in Christ, and few things shook him. At his core, we don’t find a rock-hard man’s man, we find Christ: the King of kings and Lord of lords.
So however this trip turns out, my identity is found in the One who controlls all things. By His grace, few things will shake me.
Bring on the international travel…