Have you ever wanted to do something for someone? Like do something for someone really bad? Like you knew that if you had the money to do something specific right now, that would be the first and only thing you would do with that money?
In 2007 I went to Israel with my church for two weeks. It was one of the most amazing things that I have ever done. Now I want to clarify that deciding to follow Christ, getting married, and having a child were all better. But this trip was in my top 10 for sure.
Before I left for the trip, people who had gone before told me that I was going to love it because going to where Jesus walked, lived, and ministered really makes the Bible come alive. When they told me that I just kind of smiled and told them thanks. The reason why I didn’t really like them telling me that was because ever since college the Bible has been alive to me. I mean when you read the history books and go over the wars, fights, betrayal, infidelity, all that stuff…its alive! The Bible is alive!
While I was there I knew what the people were talking about. But in my mind the Bible didn’t come alive. Instead the Bible took form. I had ideas in my head about what places looked like and so forth, but now I was seeing it in real life.
While I was there seeing the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Temple, the Jordan River, Masada, etc., all I wanted was for my dad to be there to see it all as well. He has been a pastor for close to 40 years and has never been given the opportunity to go to Israel. I felt beyond lucky to have gone (for next to nothing on top of that).
The thing I would like to do for someone more than anything else in life is to take my dad to Israel someday. Since 2007 the average cost of the trip has gone up between $500-$1000 on most trips that I have looked at. But the positive thing is that God has a lot of money at His disposal. I’m confidant that if He wants us to go, someday we will.
What do you want to do for someone more than anything else?