CBM Intern – Important things
By CBM National intern, Joseph Kirkland –
Traveling is probably one of the best ways to learn about the world and the people in it. You get to learn how others think, how others learn, and how big the world really is. The earth is 24,901 miles around at its widest point, and it would take around 33 hours to get around it at the speed of sound. If you were to walk 5 miles every day, you would walk around the world in 4,960 days, given that you could walk on water. The cost to travel around the world would be around $2,800, and would take around 6 days if flying by average commercial airline. You can go any reasonable place in the world for $1,400 in a single weekend. On the other hand, walking from here to the sun would take around 18.5 million days at a 5 mile per day rate, given that you could walk on nothing and didn’t need to breath, eat, or drink. Suddenly that simple 4,960 days seems pretty small. I mean, it’s only 13.7 years as opposed to 50,000 years.
I have seen people live in the same house they were born in and go to the same church they always went to, only to have their kids do the same thing. The world is bigger than a small town; when the sun goes down where you are, it rises somewhere else as tomorrow’s morning. While you sleep after you work, someone is waking to get ready for work. When one is being born, another somewhere is dying. The world is big, and all those things happen all the time whether you know it or not. These things are to say that work is being done everywhere by someone. Work for both man, and for God. The harvest fields are ready and the harvesters few. God is always at work in the heart of man to draw them towards Him, although sometimes one hardens their heart. God has people all over the world working for Him, some that you may know very well, and some that you cannot know about, for your safety and theirs.
Traveling has been a part of my life for a long time. Being a missionary kid and homeschooled, I learned to be flexible in travel and in learning. God has shown me that it is pretty easy to go to many places in the world now days, and through that, He has encouraged me to do whatever He has for me to do, wherever I am. I came to the CBM National Internship after a year of Bible college in WV and a summer at CBM’s Camp Victory in AL.
Through these travels, God has allowed me to meet many people who are passionate to work for Him wherever He will call them. The world is small, but it has many people in it that need to hear what God has said. That’s why missions are important, supporting missionaries is important, and prayer is important. Everyone can do one at least one of those. So if you are doing one of those, thank you. And if not, then I simply have to ask, why not?