the mission:day 2

[Read & meditate on Luke 4.14-21. How does your mission in life compare to Jesus’ mission?]

Wow! I have to admit that while Jesus’ mission seemed to involve bettering the lives of those around him, I tend to be about bettering my own life. Even when I try to love on others, I struggle with wondering what is in it for me. It’s easy to ignore the fact that we live in a world filled with injustice, starvation, genocide, poverty, war, disease, etc. Especially when I am convinced that the real atrocity is that I can’t have what I want.
At the same time, it is just as easy to focus primarily on meeting the needs of people around the world, yet to at the same time be completely unaware of the myriad of opportunites to love the people in closest proximity to me.
Jesus came to put other people’s lives back together, I seem to be about trying to keep myself together. Something’s gotta give–living for me just isn’t working.

Who am I living for?
What is my life-mission? Will that mission really matter in the end?
What are the needs of the people around me?
What can I do about it?