It didn’t feel quite like home yet. But the boxes were now empty and piled up and a few had been shaped into a hideout for our kids. In a daze, I stared out the window and thought, “I know this move is right, but I feel alone in an unknown land.” We had moved 120 miles from Memphis, Tennessee to a small farmland town of 2000 people. I know that’s not far! But, it felt foreign.
I knew what we were doing there. Yet, had the thoughts circling around in my mind been voiced out loud, they would have contradicted my knowledge screaming, “What are we doing here?!?!”
Our next move generated the same. This time we had moved 8000 miles away to Africa. The landscape was different, the miles increased, yet my thoughts had traveled this terrain before - “What are we doing here?"
I was excited and terrified; ready for the new and longing for the familiar.
How would you answer that question for where you live? Maybe you’ve settled in for years in a location and you can drive blindfolded from one end of the city to the next. Or, maybe boxes are still being unpacked and you’re trying to arrange the furniture in your new location. Or maybe you took no furniture, but just disembarked off a plane in a foreign land, a few suitcases in tow, and you’re navigating the local market trying to locate furniture.
This book will be your first friend in your new location! I leaned into every page of this book, wishing I had read it years ago! It’s an incredible guide that gives you tools to navigate your city – no matter how long you’ve been there.
Why do you live where you live?
What’s your purpose in your location?
Living sent isn’t a made up idea by man. It’s God’s idea. He’s been in the business all along of sending people.
He sends people to hard places, like Joseph –
But God sent me ahead of you to keep some of you alive on earth. He sent me here to save your lives by an act of mighty power….So then, it wasn’t you who sent me here. It was God. Genesis 45:7-8
He sends people who don’t feel equipped, like Gideon –
And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest…” Judges 6:14-16
He calls us, is close to us, so he can send us- like the disciples –
He chose the disciples, “so that he might be close to them so he might send them...” (Mark 3:14)
Wherever you live, you have a “sent” purpose.
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Keep this book nearby as you’re unpacking boxes in a new move or allowing God to give you a fresh look at the purpose of where you are. No matter what location you’re in, it creatively guides you to discover purpose and adventure in the place God has sent you. Get a pen and you’re shoes on, you’re going to be motivated, and the adventure is just beginning!
Lori is a Global Mission Catalyst at IMB, mobilizing churches and leading women to participate in God’s global mission. She, her husband, and their 3 kids lived in Africa as missionaries before returning to plant Grace Point Church in Bentonville, AR where Mike is Sr. Pastor. She’s passionate about discipling people to see how their everyday life collides with God’s mission of making His glory known to all nations. She blogs at lorimcdaniel.org
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