Aragorn: “The beacons. The beacons of Minas Tirith have been lit! Gondor calls for aid.”
Theoden: “And Rohan will answer!”
So, my mission president summoned all of the veteran missionary leaders to Lyon this week for a special Leadership Council. Every single missionary I go home with has been a Leader at some point in their mission, which doesn’t happen often, apparently. And all of us were gathered at this grand meeting for the sole purpose of figuring out what we could do to fire-up the missionaries.
Finding the Fire
Fire was a big part of the conference. There is a rising number of missionaries who have lost their spark and are struggling. And with a large batch of new missionaries coming in, well, the president’s charge to us was to inspire others to rise up, and ignite the work again. We all sat down in council and discussed it.
How do you inspire someone out of a slump? What does it take to get someone from the doldrums on to high ground? From snuffed-out to burning bright?
Like Rock to Flint
There are scads of heroes in scripture that rediscovered the fire within: sons of Mosiah, Alma, Peter, the Apostle Paul. Ordinary guys (real trouble-makers in some cases) who one day made an about-face. And when their conversion awakened perspective (or was it perspective awakened conversion?), well, it was like rock to flint – a fire was sparked. The cool thing about these guys is that they then took that fire and lit the way for others to follow.
This is exactly what our mission president wants us to do. He showed us the clip of the lighting of the beacons from Lord of the Rings – Return of the King to illustrate his point (made me so happy!).
Here, be inspired with me:
We can all be the Pippins and Gandalfs who will light a fire to embolden people and save the day. The gospel itself is a source of light we share. Shoot, the Restoration was the biggest Ignite this dispensation has seen. The take-away from that little fact is – the Light is already there. We just need to grab a torch.
Mission life is a lot like normal life – there are highs and lows, ups and downs, but the trick in it all is to not linger in the lows. And the way to do that is to remember why you’re here. Do whatever it takes to awaken your conversion, restore perspective, and find purpose.
When it comes down to it, we all have the same purpose – to be a beacon to others. Lit up with faith, goodness, and courage.
Just think of how great the world would be if we all were fired-up.
(post was also published on Lauren’s missionary blog sisternef.wordpress.com)