Learning to Live Flexibly and Intentionally

As our time in Senegal was winding down, Matt shared with me a site he thought would be of interest. He was very right. A Life Overseas: The Mission Conversation, offers the words from a variety of authors from around the world serving our Savior and the people in their distant lands.

One of the authors there, Marilyn Gardner, has quickly become a favorite read for me when she posts. Her most recent story, Learning to Live Flexibly and Intentionally, is personally meaningful, as it is almost verbatim to much of what Matt shared with us while with him. Marilyn offers these thoughts…

flexible intentionalA life overseas carries with it incredible joys and tough challenges. It is easy to become results-oriented to please both funders and fulfill our own sense of purpose, sense of worth. This too often brings with it a rigid way of life that demands control and order. And burnout is inevitable. But — a life overseas can also hold endless distractions and at times, utter chaos. It can be easy within that chaos to give up on any goals, to throw up our hands and succumb to endless interruptions.  Auto-correcting in both modes can swing us one direction or another when what is best is a balance.


It’s when I stop and listen for the voice of God, a voice of wisdom and truth, that I learn more of living intentionally and flexibly. Because one look at the life of Jesus shows the perfect balance. He was intent on purpose and spoke truth in Galilee, but he recognized human need and stopped to make sure all were fed. He was on a journey with a destination in mind, but he stopped and took a drink from a woman by a well in Samaria. He was beaten and bruised, hanging on a cross but he paused and made sure to secure a promise that his mother would have a son, would be taken care of by someone who would love her.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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4 Responses to Learning to Live Flexibly and Intentionally

  1. God bless your service and may His love and kindness surround you with the balance you need to do His work and make room for your dreams in the process.

  2. Thank you Mike for sharing about this Ministry and Marilyn is very right, we do need balance but not man’s balance as she shared, God’s balance and this is always about Love. It is also in reference to all areas of our lives including Blogging, I do not believe like some do that we just sit back and wait for the world to knock on our Blog door or even in our day to day lives, God tells us to go out into the world and share His good news but nor do I believe we keep knocking on others doors including their Blog doors, if they don’t want to open their heart doors for whatever reason they may have, as Jesus said we shake the dust off our sandals and move on, meaning we do not take their rejection to heart, although it will hurt as it hurts Him.

    Just like all other friendships, or Ministries we are part of, our Blogging Ministry and friendship is about giving and receiving too, it’s God’s balance but one thing I do remember in all my relationships including those with Blogging, is that God gave first, He didn’t wait for us to and not because He had to but because He wanted to.

    I Posted an e-mail Story I received about this Truth Mike, it’s very different from the norm, with it having an unexpected twist, in the Story, I will leave the link for you below. Yes balance is needed, God’s balance which is always about real genuine Love.

    Giving – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/no-not-a-one-not-a-one/

    Christian Love Always from both of us – Anne.

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