A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of tagging along with Joseph Elder to Odisha, India. The Lord moved in incredible ways and taught me more about His character and what He has called me to do. While I was across the world, the Lord graciously taught me these things:

Challenge Your Perspective

You do not have to travel across the world to challenge your perspective – you can do it by walking down the street, talking to a stranger, or even going to a different place to eat. By challenging our current perspective, we are choosing to expand the horizons of our eyes and see things differently. The value of choosing to expand your horizon is unmeasurable, and it will be a skill I work on developing from here on out. I will ask people, “What do you think about _____?”

Your Connections Are Key

If it were not for Josh Foliart, who I happened to meet a couple of years ago in college or for Joseph Elder, who was one of my youth pastors when I was in high school, or for our connection with Sam, who lives in India and connected us to all the villages in India, or for my incredible community that sacrificially supported me through the whole week, I would have never been able to experience this life-changing trip. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the people around me. Authentic support is felt and deeply appreciated. 

The World is SO big, or is it? 

It took us 44 hours on a plane to get across the world and back. In about a day of traveling, we were on the other side of the globe, immersed in a culture we had never experienced before, seeing things we had never seen before and eating food we had never eaten. This experience is a gift that was not available 150 years ago, and the best part is that you do not have to go across the world to experience this!

Whenever I choose to do the abovementioned things, it is always challenging. It is never easy to purposefully challenge your perspective or reach out to a new connection, but every time I do it, I am glad I did. Every new step is taking me increasingly into the love of Jesus. Life with Jesus is full of adventures and trust in Him. I invite you to invite Jesus into your daily life this week. You never know where He will take you, but rest assured He will watch over you and be with you. 


This blog post is written by Michael Manning, friend and intern of MULTIPLi Global. 

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