I'll never get another one!
You never know.
No, I won't. It came from Paris and I'll never go to Paris!
You might. I never thought I would, either.
Then I reminded CJ of the 20-some youth and adults who stood before our congregation Sunday, mission teams heading to Africa and to Peru. These individuals probably never thought they would be part of an international missions outreach, yet God has given them the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to impact eternity.
Visiting a friend living in Paris was a blessing from God. R and I had a wonderful time, but it wasn't life-changing. The memories, now more than 5 years old, are faded.
~Leading a Vacation Bible School class at a small church in New Jersey, and seeing three souls saved.
~Sharing the gospel in a poor Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas.
These are the journeys that I should be sharing with my daughter, for they will last well beyond the duration of the trips themselves. The souvenirs are much grander than a snow globe.
When I get to Heaven, I may be tempted to ask, God, why didn't I ever go to Switzerland?
Would He answer, Melissa, why didn't you ever go to Peru?
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."~Matthew 28:18-20