Trying to Choose a Major?

Career options are thrown out to high school students like beads at a Mardi Gras parade. These poor kids are drowning in choices. Overwhelmed with options.

So let me add one more.


That’s right. Missionary. Don’t click on the “X” just yet. Hear me out. Or read me out. Whatever.

I used to think all missionaries did was live in the jungle, eat monkey brains, and try not to get skewered. While teaching people about Jesus.

Until I met some missionaries.  And here’s what I found — missionaries do a lot of  the exact same stuff we do here in the states. They just do it in other countries.

Want to be a teacher? How about teaching in another country? There are hundreds of schools that desperately need teachers.

Want to go into the medical field? Oh, man, there are countries where no hospital or clinic exists for hundreds of miles. Pick a continent. They need you!

How about engineering? Agriculture? Counseling? You name it, you can do it just about anywhere. Don’t feel bound to the US. God can use you and your gifts anywhere in the world.

My sister and her husband worked in a community center in southeast Asia. They played sports and taught English. They didn’t stand on the street corners with “The End is Near” signs, but they did share the love of Jesus with those who wanted to hear about Him.

I know a lady who works as a librarian in Turkey. Another is a secretary in Spain. One women I met runs an orphanage in Mexico City.

And, of course, some missionaries are pastors and church planters and evangelists. Some do live in the jungle and eat monkey brains. But get this: they like it. They wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Don’t miss that. God gives you a desire to do what he wants you to do. He made me want to teach and to write. I love my job(s)! Not that it’s perfect. Nothing on earth is perfect. But I have no doubt I am doing what God created me to do. One of my best friends stays home and home schools her four kids. And she loves it. She knows she is doing exactly what God wants her to do. My sister-in-law has a very difficult, emotionally taxing job. But she knows it is what God wants her to do. She has joy, even in the difficulties, because God has equipped her for that job.

So forget looking for what occupation has the biggest paycheck. Money brings far more headaches than happiness. Look for what God wants you to do – whatever that is. And pray about whether or not he wants you do that job overseas, as a missionary.

Learning a new language,  new culture, meeting new people – it’s amazing. Seeing God work in ways you’d never imagine – priceless. Being a missionary involves sacrifices, to be sure. But it is also a career full of rewards.


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