On Sunday, Dawn and I were able to see some good friends, and former colleagues with Mission to the World, Ron and Queta Shaw. They served in the spiritual life department at MTW. Ron was a pastor to the missionaries. The Lord used them many times to encourage us as we served in Mexico City.
They also ministered to us when we left Mexico. Ron reminded me, “Dave, don’t make an idol out of Mexico, and don’t make an idol out of being a missionary!” It took a while for those words to sink in. I really did love being a missionary in Mexico, and at the time it was hard to let go. It was something I needed to hear, and it has stuck with me to this day.
Even though the Lord is calling us back to the field, I still don’t want to make an idol out of being a missionary, or Mexico.
It was great to reconnect with the Shaws in Asheville, NC at their church. It was also fun to meet some of their friends over lunch at a house with a beautiful view of the North Carolina mountains. Such encouraging people. Thank you Jesus! Dawn and I enjoyed the wonderful Southern hospitality!
We are at Ridge Haven this week in North Carolina, for MTW’s, Living in Grace conference. It’s a conference that focuses on the gospel. If we are going to share about God’s grace with others, it’s important for us to be deeply rooted, and grounded in God’s love.
Ron Shaw wrote the material for this conference. I am reminded again while I’m here not to make an idol out of ministry, my children, people, etc. Do not put anything before God. Isn’t that the first commandment?
Thank the Lord for good friends like Ron and Queta. For friends that encourage us along the way.
In HIs Grip, Dave