What is God teaching me?
Sharing Our Whole Life
In South Africa we met a wonderful Afrikaans family; an older man and his wife and their only grown daughter. We had the privilege of staying with them as Danny worked with various missionaries in the local township and villages.
Cathy and I stayed with this lovely family and got to know them. The father had dementia but she was able to develop a great relationship with him.
They both bonded over their love for ice cream. He brought out his "big spoon" when the ice cream arrived. Cathy can be seen with her small spoon. His humor was contagious! They loved sitting and talking about his life.
She also listened to another older woman who needed to talk.It was several weeks of interaction as we went deeper still into their hearts, minds and souls. Cathy learned a lot about the joy of listening instead of talking.
When our time was done, these dear people were laughing and talking with one another. That is why we pitch our tent in the world of missionaries and spend time with their families. We have so much to learn!
1 Thessalonians 2:8 (ESV) "So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God abut also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us."
Covid 19 has been a challenge. But maybe God is giving you the opportunity to share with your family deeper still. Find your ice cream spoon and share your heart!
God blessed our time there in 2011 and has many times since then. Don't miss it!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
a See 2 Cor. 12:15
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Th 2:8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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A Kingdom Leader wants to be dependable and trustworthy. Unfortunately, we live in a fast-paced society that washes over us like waves on the seashore. The force of activities, schedules, thinking and feeling can wash over us at any time. Keeping a balanced schedule that nurtures relationships at home can be exceedingly difficult. How do we so easily fall short of our desired goals?
We can lose our footing when we become careless. We do not pay attention to the needs of our family. When is the last time you dated your spouse? What about your children or grandchildren? Do you have focused time together? Do you make eye contact with fellow workers? Is your discipline laced with grace and mercy for those you love and care for? Does the schedule control your feelings? Are you short with those who mean so much?
A lack of proper concern for other’s thoughts and feelings can lead to distressing results. You can say things you did not mean to say in the heat of a rough day. Jesus said careless words carry consequences.
Matthew 12:36 (ESV) "I tell you, son the day of judgment tpeople will give account for uevery careless word they speak"
Socrates once said, beware the barrenness of a busy life. Do not miss time with your family as they are the jewels of your life. They are God’s gift to you!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
s [Eph. 5:4, 11; 2 Pet. 1:8]
t Eccles. 12:14; Rom. 14:12; 1 Pet. 4:5
u See Acts 17:31
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 12:36). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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Kingdom Leadership is written for missionaries and ministers serving our Lord in various parts of the world.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.