Saturday, January 06, 2007

A New Attitude in 2007

I'm looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2007. That being said, I have to admit that I'm not quite sure what that is going to be. Most of our ministry wrapped up or was handed over to nationals at the end of 2006, so we are in the process of waiting on the Lord and looking to see where He would have us invest in the new year.

During this process, I have been reminded of something. Complaining is a sin. Israel whined and complained again and again in the desert, and each time, they were rebuked and judged by God. 2006 was a rough year for us. We adjusted to a new climate and culture in South Brazil, we were pulled into a theological controversy, struggled to impart new ideas to "old" Christians, faced lots of spiritual warfare, and did not see nearly as much fruit as we were accustomed to seeing in Northeast Brazil. I did my share of grumbling about it. And that was wrong.

So, what am I getting at? I want to be a more positive missionary. I want to be a less stressed-out, uptight missionary. I want to enjoy life and ministry instead of being unhappy with results or lack thereof. I want to learn to love more. I want to eliminate criticizing and complaining from my life. I want to get up and obey God each day and go to bed knowing that I walked in His will that day. I want to wait on the Lord.

Extending this a little farther, I would like to encourage our fellow bloggers not to complain or have a critical spirit. That's not to say we can't disagree, but we should be kind and respectful of others when we do so. When we started our blogs back in April, we made a commitment that they would be positive and would not contain any criticism of the IMB or the Southern Baptist Convention. We intend to stick to that commitment. Let's all commit to eliminating grumbling, complaining, and criticizing from our lives and ministries!

Ephesians 5:29 - Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Philippians 2:14-15 - Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure....


Anonymous said...

Bravo mud guy! Posts that are critical of the IMB or SBC just bring discouragement to those who read them. I came looking for IMB bloggers so I could rejoice, mourn and pray with missionaries. Instead, I found discouragement and frustration. I wondered why I'm supporting these people. I've been on the field. I know the frustrations. I also knew that it wouldn't be profitable to air my complaints to the whole world. I wonder what is at the heart of these blogs. I do appreciate your blog. It has been what I expected when looking for IMB blogs. Keep up the good work. Your prayer partner Doug.

Jeff Dunson said...

Doug, Thanks for your kind words