I recently received a letter from a good friend who is retired. His wife is wheelchair bound and he was writing me to learn about more ways he can get involved in serving B4Ters. I had been in his home just last year and, knowing his giftings and experiences, I challenged him to get more involved. His initial reply was “You know it’s time I settled down, I am not as spry as I used to be. Plus, my wife here needs caring for.” To which she immediately replied, “Lover, don’t go using me as an excuse. If God is telling you to go do something, you go do it, He’ll take care of me just fine!”

Here is a guy crossing the 70 barrier. He has every right to stay at home to care for his wife and enjoy his grandchildren. Yet, in writing me, he joked, “Your schedule is insane.” Hmm… is it? Last year, we were in 20 countries working with B4Ters or speaking. This year, we will easily surpass that. This led me to sincerely ask Jesus, “Am I insane?”  Here is what came to mind.

Were the circuit preachers insane to ride horseback all around Kentucky and Tennessee in all kinds of weather?
Was William Carey insane to sacrifice family and health for the millions in Calcutta?
Are you insane to leave your wheelchair bound wife to serve? Luke 9:23-25  

No, those who are insane are those who put family first and live their lives centered around their grandchildren. Luke 6:46
No, those who are insane are those who place comfort before kingdom. Matthew 7:21-23
No, those who are insane are those who put their health before heaven. Matthew 5:29-30
This is not insanity, this is my reward. Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 3:14; 9:17-18

Remember, Paul too was thought by Festus to be insane (Acts 26:24). So, we’re in good company.

PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for other 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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