Why not here?

Why not stay in the USA? Settle down, have a few kiddos and do engineering in Colorado.  That’s what all the cool kids are doing. After all, people in Colorado need to hear about GOD too!  I get this question often and wrestled with it myself a lot.  I know that deeds are not the way I have been saved by GOD, but they are a way I show my faith in HIM.  I keep coming back to James 2:14-17.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  

In the USA, things like well built roads and clean drinking water are something we take for granted.  In fact, I was watching the other day while the sprinklers came on and watered the side of the highway with drinkable water!  In order to show my love for GOD, I have to find another method, not engineering, that illustrates my love for HIM.  Think about it this way.  I go to my day job, do something I enjoy but is taken for granted, and come back home and do this thing that shows I love GOD, almost like it’s a hobby.

On the flip side, Cambodia has such a need for engineering.  Good roads and clean drinking water are something that makes a huge impact on a person’s life.  As a result, it is a wonderfully tangible way to be the hands and feet of CHRIST.  We can devote our whole selves to showing the love of GOD by our engineering work in Cambodia.  After all, what good is it if I claim to have faith but do not show it?

5 thoughts on “Why not here?”

  1. So we’ll said.
    Interestingly, I used that same quote in a talk to my parish when people thought I was crazy to donate a kidney to a stranger… “I will show you my faith by my actions…”
    Proud of you both.

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