The day after mission trip is always a bit surreal. I received many texts today from people who had been on the trip talking about getting back to the grind of life, already missing the community developed on the trip and trying to find the energy to get back to the every day life.
One of the characteristics of a healthy disciple is one who knows how to rest but also knows the difference between resting and being lazy. When we rest in our Christian journey it is to gear up to continue the work of lovng God and loving the world. Often we just get tired and then stop living a Christian life, especially as it is acted out in community. I recently had a conversation with someone from another church who hadnt been there for a long time because they took a break but found it hard to get back into the routine. Slowly their faith was waning and if they are not careful they will face a tough time in life and not be able to spiritually handle it.
Another problem with falling away from a disciplined life of prayer, study and gathering in community (church and small groups) is that our gifts are kept to ourselves and not offered to the world. The world needs us to continue living as hopeful, grace-filled Christians. The world needs peace and love.
So to my mission trip family and to all who might feel tired or defeated or lost: