Travel

MISSION LIFE

MISSION LIFE

If you’ve ever been part of a meaningful cross-cultural experience, you’ve probably found yourself wondering after your return home, “Now, how do I live here in light of what I learned there?”  This is a necessary and challenging question, meaning you don’t just see this as a stand-alone event to check off of the Christian to-do list. We at Envision pray and hope that these “mission trips” merely serve to be a continuation of a life lived on mission.  But, we know that it’s a lot easier said than done.

There’s just something about the mission TRIP mentality that is hard to translate into a true missional way of life. I’ve certainly been convicted and humbled to recognize the disparity between I am on the “mission field,” and who I am at home. Why is it so much harder to be a light in the darkness in my own city than it is in Indonesia or inner-city Chicago? Why are the practices that come so easily for me on a short-term trip, like fervent prayer and daily Bible study, not an absolutely essential habit in my long-term real life?  Why do I seem to have more boldness, passion and burden for the lost when I cross a national border than when I cross my own street? 

BY WAY OF THE WILDERNESS

BY WAY OF THE WILDERNESS

Sometimes, life doesn’t turn out the way we planned. The death of loved ones, unemployment, unfulfilled dreams, failed relationships, denied visas, sickness… the list goes on.

There are some chapters in life that we just don't understand. They seem to derail us from the journey we expected to be on, the milestones we thought were certain. All of a sudden, we find ourselves on a different path, reeling with grief, confusion, and anger. We want answers, we want clarity, but these don't come. It's in these moments, that we approach a fork in the road, leaving us with two options. Do we continue to trust that He's good? Do we press in to believe the truth that He's got this; or do we allow for doubt to be planted into our souls and start questioning His goodness? Is He really a God to be trusted? 

PLAN YOUR LIFE

PLAN YOUR LIFE

"Why can't I know God's plan for my life? Doesn't He understand that I want to serve Him? Why don't I have that BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL that everyone talks about! When can I start living life?"

Ron, one of my mentors, without skipping a beat knew exactly what to say, "You don't need God's ultimate plan for your life. You just need to focus in on Jesus, and He'll give you the next step."

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD TRAVEL IN YOUR 20'S

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD TRAVEL IN YOUR 20'S

In high school, I had no desire to travel or see the world. I was totally happy living in New Jersey, and possibly becoming a cowboy at some point in my life. I didn't realize this at the time, but I would soon regret those words. Not only did I get the travel itch, I was destined for it. Then the travel itch hit in my early 20's.

Mark Twain, the writer and humorist of the 1800's makes the best case for travel that I've ever encountered: