One of my favorite shows in the 70’s was Hill Street Blues (for those of you who don’t know what the 70’s are – it was a decade in the last century that us old people enjoyed). It was a cop show inNew York Cityand the show always started with the Sergeant dismissing the shift with the words “And be careful out there”. He said this because he knew the danger that existed out on the streets.
Connecting with missionaries around the world often makes me feel the same way. I get letters that start like this one yesterday:
Greetings from Nairobi. There have been some disturbing events in Kenyathat perhaps some of you have heard in the news. This morning, attacks on Catholic and AIC churches in Garissa – where **** has a team of 7 missionaries – has left 17 dead and another 50 or so injured. We are glad to confirm, however, that **** missionaries are all safe.
It is dangerous out there. We all know the risks when we leave our turf. But we are called and we want to go. We see the needs and we go without any guarantee that we will return.
Never the less, I shout out to you “be careful out there”. Not because your safety is the first goal but because we love you and want to have you around a long time. You also have a calling on your life that we want to see fulfilled. Remember to use discernment. A friend of mine got a really bad hair cut last week because he went to a barber’s school instead of paying a couple dollars more to go to a real establishment. He didn’t use good discernment and I hope he never goes to a dangerous country. (I threw that in to see if he really reads these!)
Be blessed this week. Be wise. Be careful. Lay your life at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to lead your every step.
1 Kings 3:12
I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart . . .