you live a missional lifestyle? Can people tell just from watching your
daily habits what you believe in or what kind of ministries you
Living missionally is putting
Christ’s purpose for your life front and center. As Jesus walked the
Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, we can see His mission in action.
But His example wasn’t only in that one action. Jesus lived his mission
daily. His purpose was always on His mind and heart. Every choice He
made had to do with how it would affect that mission. Jesus is the
example of living a missional life, and at this Easter season, we have
the perfect opportunity to examine ours.
How do we live missionally? It’s
not as hard as some think. Daily missional living is about conviction.
It is the deep conviction that what you do matters, that you affect the
lives and world around you, and that you do it for a greater purpose
than your own sense of self. It’s the desire to make the world better
and to leave a legacy.
remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your
labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord
Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he
has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words
but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know
how we lived among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:2–5
As we walk our own road toward
eternity, we make choices along the way. They can be reactive or
pro-active. Each choice must be weighed against our ultimate goals. If
you fall, sometimes God has someone standing alongside that will step
onto the path and lift your load so you can continue on, as Simon of
Cyrene did for Jesus.
If the road crosses another, ask
which way you should go. But don’t turn off the path that you know
heads to your goal. Instead, ask yourself, “Does this choice fit into
my plans? Does it interfere with the goals I’ve set?”
When you’re intentional about
your choices, goals are much easier to reach. It may feel easier just
to take life as it comes at you, but that’s how to become reactive.
Reactive people find themselves frequently having to manage
emergencies, and they often feel ineffective, hopeless, and frustrated.
Proactive people set their goals, make choices that support those
goals, and feel a sense of purpose and satisfaction. There’s vibrancy
around them, like the gorgeous gem orange zircon, rich and glowing with
You have a purpose. The Lord
gave it to you when He knit you in your mother’s womb. The discovery of
it comes with getting close to God in prayer, living in your true
giftings, and training for the skills that support your gifts. As you
make intentional decisions, even those to avoid misdirection, you’ll
begin living your mission.
I think we’ll all be surprised
when we stand before the throne and God shows us how our mission here
during our lifetime fits into His entire eternal plan. Won’t it be
wonderful to see the full picture when we meet Christ in person?
Ask your friends how they see you living out your beliefs and
convictions. Ask them what they think those beliefs and convictions
are. Do they match what you think? If not, consider what you need to
change to get back on the road to God’s plan for your life.
Point: Like the orange zircon in my book Gems of
Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life stands for pro-activity,
create something as a tangible reminder of your goals. Write them down.
Then schedule activities toward those goals in your daily planner.
You’ll live out your mission if you plan to live it.
Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 1!
It’s available online or from any bookstore. Angie is available to lead
women’s retreats, speak at events, or even Skype to your book club.
The perfect use for dozens of
those leftover Easter eggs .
One dozen hard-boiled eggs,
1/3 cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1 lb. maple breakfast sausage
2 cups of breadcrumbs
Oil for deep frying
Roll peeled, hard-boiled eggs in flour.
Form maple sausage around each egg until it’s a ball that completely
coats the egg with no break.
Roll sausage covered eggs in beaten, raw egg mix.
Roll and cover each ball in breadcrumbs.
Deep fry in 350° oil until deep, rich golden brown (5–8 minutes).
Pull out of oil and drain on paper towels.
Cut in half to serve. The Scotch
Eggs are beautiful with the yolk, white, and sausage layers forming a
visual bull’s eye. Half an egg is one serving and is traditionally
served in Scotland with a green salad and ale. We serve it at Easter
Tea with other fun finger foods, lots of veggies, and specialty teas.
*Use plastic wrap to form thin sausage patties by smashing sausage in
between layers. I get easily a dozen equal portions out of a pound of
sausage by using the plastic wrap method.
*Be sure there are no cracks in the sausage and you don’t see the egg
through it before moving to the next stage.
*Use a small fryer or a deep,
heavy saucepan for deep fat frying, and a slotted metal spoon.
*If you don’t have a deep fat
fryer, use a candy thermometer to monitor your oil heat. Let it stand
in between batches of 3–4 eggs at a time to allow the oil to get hot
again. By keeping the heat as steady for each batch, you’ll have crisp
Scotch Eggs and not soak up much oil into the food. Too cool and the
oil soaks into your food, adding heavy calories and soggy coatings.