Life of purpose

Sorry it’s been a while since I posted.  It’s the end of the school year and I’m a little  burned out.  Please pray for me!

I hope some of my students, current and former, will consider the example of Paul Lim:

Read this excerpt by Susan Olasky here.  (The full article requires subscription to World—a worthy investment btw).  But let me fill in the rest for you.  Of course Paul Lim’s decision to pass up millions as an American plastic surgeon to go to Ethiopia was not easy…

Some members of their extended family argued against the decision and reminded them that if they stayed in the United States they could make millions and donate heavily to missions. The Lims also thought carefully about their parents’ cultural concerns: Both Paul and Susan’s parents emigrated from Korea to the United States to give their children greater opportunity, and those dreams were fulfilled when both became doctors. Yes, missions are good, but why give up so much of what everyone had been working toward? And what about grandchildren so far away from grandparents?

Ultimately the Lims went to Africa because God called them to it. On their website they quote John Piper, their pastor in Minnesota, to explain their mission philosophy: “Christ does not call us to a prudent life, but to a God-centered, Christ-exalting, justice-advancing, counter-cultural, risk-taking life of love and courage.

Marvin Olasky, in his column, continues the story.

God’s mercy is evident in both the Lord’s Supper and the fact that most of us are born with faces with the right number of holes. At six to eight weeks of gestation our faces usually fuse. For some reason, in some children, the parts don’t fuse. They have extra holes between their noses and their lips. They need additional grace.

“We’ll make his nose better,” Lim (through a translator) told one mother holding her baby. “We’ll make his lip better. Jesus brought us, brought me, here for him.” The mom left wordlessly.

To all his patients, Lim says, “Jesus brought us here for you.”  Jesus exhorted us to store up treasures in heaven, rather than on earth.  No doubt Lim’s heavenly treasures will be running over.  For someone in the medical field, it’s hard to imagine a better-lived life.  Along these same lines is the missionary biography of Ida Scudder.

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