Over the last twenty plus years in missions I have learned we go through seasons. We are currently on a furlough, and it is times like these where you can see things in a clearer fashion.
There is something which slowly and subtely was missing from my missions. I was not misusing ministry funds or walking in immorality.
But my focus had drifted.
Not even to bad things.
If our focus is on our product, numbers, programs, or fundraising strategies, we are not practicing missions. Our efforts may be closer to business or entrepreneurial efforts
Often when we feel consumed by these things we remind ourselves that the focus should be the people. We look to serve, to bless, to lift out of poverty or rescue out of injustice.
While these things are good, this is not truly missions. Losing focus is easy to do.