Time after time I’ve wondered if anyone would ever uncover a ‘cure’ for those post-mission trip blues…
If you’ve ever gone on a mission trip, you know that your sole focus is Jesus. Serving others in Jesus’ name, building intentional relationships with others, inspiring, encouraging, and challenging each other to grow closer in their relationship with Jesus. Everything you do is for the King. Your sole focus is doing Kingdom work. Whether that be handing out pancakes to spring breakers in Panama City Beach, building houses in Juarez, Mexico, re-painting and re-roofing houses in Flint, Michigan or even mobile outreach to the poor and homeless on the streets of New York City…
It’s like climbing a rock wall: hard work, sweat, sometimes a few tears.
You have a mountaintop experience.
We are on this Jesus high, and when we return to wherever we came from, we try and hold onto that feeling for so long.
We feel great, but progressively, eventually, we feel Jesus getting distant.
Frankly, Jesus doesn’t stay on top of the mountain.
Having mountaintop experiences (specifically on mission trips) are great to refuel our fire, encourage us by being surrounding by fellow believers, and be challenged to share our faith actively, but hopeless people do not hang out on top of the mountain.
They are in the valley.
In Mark 2:17 Jesus himself said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
When we’re distracted wanting and trying to hold onto that mountaintop moment of being intimate with God, the Holy Spirit is already leading us to the next, and we often miss that! Our Christian walk is based on faith, not mere feelings. It is in the valley where all the vegetation grows, where roots are firmly planted. Where Jesus hung out with sinners, the lowest-of-the-low.
Mission trips are simply training grounds to living life on mission.
Sometimes we walk, sometimes we crawl, sometimes we stumble back down the steep valley we’ve climbed countless times before. Being a Christian is not based on feelings from those mountaintop experiences alone. Faith can be grown in the day-to-day mundane, and you can do mission work where God has you placed right now.
Matthew 28:19 // Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.