I’ve learned so much from my dad and the way he’s living out a missional life. In the 1980s, my dad ran the largest foreign language Christian publisher in the world. Most of the time the books were given away as part of missions efforts. He began to dream and strategize to shift the model to be self-sustaining, changing it into a business and selling the books for the first time. Other publishers followed suit, and by 1987, several were competing with us in this market. We had just left a meeting where many were bidding on the rights to publish a new book. I remember my dad saying, “We’ve done what we were supposed to do, and this work is going to carry on even if our company didn’t exist. So, Lord, what’s next for us?”
What an important question for each of us. We can sometimes be a victim of our own success. We can do things with competence and comfortability for so long that we can work ourselves into a rut, doing the exact same thing for the rest of our lives. But what if God has something more for us to do, more to accomplish for His Kingdom? This is why we need to pray for those “God, what’s next?” moments.
Personally, I don’t want to spend my time doing what everybody else can and will do. I want to do something new and fresh for God’s Kingdom. I want to expand Scripture engagement programs through OneHope for more children to experience the Good News, and follow God’s lead into new opportunities.
What season are you in right now? Do you need to be asking God for what’s next?