Never Tell God What You Don’t Want to Do

My mom says, that when she was a girl, she used to hear people say that you should never tell God what you don’t want to do because that’s just what He’ll ask you to do. I’m not so sure those people had it exactly right. I hate writing. I didn’t tell God I wouldn’t write, but I still “get” to write parts of our family blog.

Okay, so writing is part of the ‘not so good stuff’ of being a missionary kid. Also, there are the things that you miss out on when you move to a new country. For example, there’s no snow in Portugal. And you miss spending Christmas and vacation time with grandparents and cousins.

Now let’s get to the good parts. Let’s move on because just thinking about this makes me feel like crying. One thing I like is being able to hear the story of how God called our family to be missionaries over and over. (Although my parents wonder why I don’t get bored with it.) God could have picked anyone else, but He chose us – that’s awesome! (Also, I like to see the picture of me shooting my sisters with a cannon!) Another thing I like is to see is how God provides for us. I’m looking forward to learning a new language (partly so I can come back to the United States and make my friends wonder what I’m saying) and I’m curious to see what it will be like to live in a big city (since we live in a town of 400 and has only 1 blinking light).  Someday, I may even get to preach in another part of the world so that the people there can hear about God.

On second thought, I like to blog after all.

  1. Jon, that is so awesome to hear or see you write. God is doing such cool stuff in your life!! I do know the feelings of being a missionary kid cause I was one too. I would say the best thing is to embrace all of it…good and bad…cause it is such an awesome adventure. I will say that I did NOT always do that and I am sure I missed out on stuff.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and know you are in my prayers!!

    Tricia 🙂

    (Your Mom and Dad can explain who I am since you were a baby the last time I saw you)

  2. I think it’s too bad you don’t enjoy writing – your post was very well-written, so you’re obviously gifted in writing! 🙂 I enjoyed hearing your perspective of what God is doing in your family’s lives! 🙂

  3. Jon, I think I understand your writing plight. It is definitely a love/hate relationship for your Aunt Megan! I’m glad that you are obeying your parents and blogging for us because it is truly a blessing. I’ll pray that you learn to appreciate the gift of communication one day……. ; )

  4. Hi Jon!
    I’m one of the teachers from GLCA in Portugal. We met when you came to visit! You have a special gift of saying what you think- I have that gift too! haha. We will use it for good and not evil, right? 🙂 I love that in your post, you said what you thought, and then you thought of all the good things in the end. Sometimes that’s hard to do, but with God, all things are possible! 🙂 Thank you for writing something. I was blessed this morning because of you! 🙂

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