Your Family’s Greatest Mission

“I love what your family is doing, but we could never do that. We are just too _______ [insert one of 1000 reasons].

I cringe every time I hear the words.

I also understand them.

I feel the same way about 364 days a year. “I can’t do this mission. Our family is too human. We don’t know what we’re doing, I can’t even keep up with laundry. I yell at my kids. We are argue and live this grace thing out in ugly ways some days…”

My list of “I can’t and I shouldn’t” is endless.

But living on a mission doesn’t start with doing something for God. It begins with what he has done for us.

“We serve a missionary God. He is all about the sending. We are a missionary people. We are about the going.” -*Jason Johnson.

By nature we are a sent people. That’s our identity. It’s the why of our lives.

The question isn’t Is my family called to a mission? That question has already been answered.

We are called to GO.

Do you wonder what his will is for your family? It’s to go fulfill his mission. We wonder where, what, when… and often get bogged down in the unknown details.

Where are you going today? The grocery store. The school. The neighbor’s house. Wherever you go, fulfill your mission and shine Jesus. Your small step of obedience might lead you to great destinations or it might just lead you to the dog food aisle. Either way, going is half the victory. Because that is your family’s greatest mission.

“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music … Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

He isn’t waiting for us to be perfect or get our acts together, so we can change the world; He specializes in  using the less-than-perfect places in our lives for His glory.

It’s your mission if you choose to accept it.

*Thanks to my pastor for inspiring this post.


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    Ouch! I needed to read that. We have been thinking, but not praying nearly enough, about what we need to do as a family. For us, it has been very easy to give, but in the hands-off, donate on-line kind of way. We need to serve in a personal way.
    Thank you for the thought-and-prayer-provoking post.

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    Thank you so much for sharing. I have never really thought of my family’s mission, but you have definitely given me something to think about and pray about. THANKS!

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    Yes! “If God called you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a king.”

    It’s true for every person & every station. God put us where we are and we GO in many ways!


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    Adrienne says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while and have been so blessed by your stories and your family. I love that you write about real life. I just wanted to say that this post was for me this morning. I needed that oh so much. Thanks for following God’s call on your life; it’s such an encouragement to see you live it out-to see that it is possible in this crazy world we live in.

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    Karen says

    YES! I “go” regularly to Walmart! God has allowed me to develop some sweet friendships with ladies who work there….one in the deli dept and another who is an express lane cashier! I have even gotten to take dinner to one of them who was sick! SO SWEET!

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    Kim says

    You and your family are a true inspiration! Every time I read your posts I am reminded that my family and I need a mission. We tithe, we volunteer at church and school, we help others where we can. But I know in my heart that we can do more and God has given us the ability, we just need to figure out what that is and GO! Thanks again for keeping it real!

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    Missionaries came to my church to talk about their mission:
    The Great GOmission


    There is a YouTube video out there about them too!

    Love this post, Kristen.

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    cheryl says

    Absolutely true. We have a missional family and there are many days I wish for a “normal” life. But I wouldn’t even know what that would look like! It’s a challenge but doing what God directs is so rewarding.

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