This summer I went on a life changing mission trip to Haiti with Global Expeditions. I’ve grown up in a Christian home and been able to turn to God for most everything. There have been times, however, when Satan has really tried hard to turn my trust away from the Lord. Lately, I’ve felt like I need to put so much stock in how people look at me. I strive to be liked and accepted, but you know what? Jesus Christ died for me and accepted me before I was even seeking acceptance. Before I was even born.
For seventeen years, I’ve struggled with loving others and accepting love from anyone, especially God. Before going to Haiti in the summer of 2012, our team really prayed for Jesus to expand our hearts and our capability of love. Wow, my prayers were answered and more. Upon meeting the Haitians, I immediately fell in love with the people. My heart actually even legitimately broke at one point for a child that I had felt God calling me to. I learned that if I, who have always struggled with loving and with extreme jealousy, could have so much love for these people, then I need to accept that God feels that much love for me. Times a million.
I began to look at even my team in a new light. The judgments I had made on people faded away and I felt compassion for each and every one. The Lord taught me how to love and why to love. Most importantly, He began working with me to allow His love to come in. He is knocking on my door, loving me every second of every day, and finally I am opening that door and letting Him in.
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