Hello again everyone!
The last two months have been our busiest time thus far in Panama. We have had a ton of stuff going on, but it has been great! Here’s a few things we’ve done (not just us but the team of three families that we work with): hosted 8 volunteer teams that were here between one and three weeks each, had a church planting banquet for church planters, had several block parties in different parts of the city, prayer walked several areas, mapped out several areas, taught class at the Church Planting Institute, added two new classes that we’ll be teaching, Derek preached at a local church on a Sunday morning, we’ve been a part of various different meetings with other missionaries and locals, etc! It has been a time of an unprecedented amount of activities for us, but we saw God move and work in some awesome ways!
During this time of activity, we were reminded, what is our goal? We need to make goals in life, right? We need to have a direction that we’re going, don’t we? We have found that if we’re not careful our short term goals of what we’re trying to accomplish a certain day or week often overshadow what our ultimate goal in life should be: to seek Jesus Christ and glorify him in all that we do.
Recently we were reminded of the verse Matthew 6:33. We’ve probably shared it before, but God continues to bring us back to it. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well”. God wants to take care of all the details of our lives, but we’re so often distracted instead!
Whatever we’re up to, and wherever we live, if we call ourselves a Christian, Christ should be the NUMBER ONE GOAL IN OUR LIFE, no excuses, no other way around it! We have found this last month that there have been times where our activities have taken priority over God. That should not be.
Even though the activities were good, it’s important to remember what is better, and the ultimate goal, Jesus Christ. We’ve realized this and committed to try our best to not let it happen again. That doesn’t mean we won’t do all these activities, but it means we’ll continuously try to focus on Christ first. We hope that you’ll do the same in your life, whatever you have going on.
We hope that each of you is doing well. We have been encouraged over and over again that God is in control, that he has a purpose and plan for each of us, and that he wants to use us in a unique way. This has encouraged us, and we hope that you allow God to speak to you and work in your life as well!
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Derek and Audrey Tucker