Stephanie Fisk, one our January ’07 World Racers recently did an interview with the online magazine Wrecked for the Ordinary. Below is an excerpt of the interview. In it, Stephanie points to something I’ve believed for awhile now – that Christ-followers need to go on an epic pilgrimage to discover the substance of their faith and walk in their true identity.
Why did you feel like
you needed to embark on this year-long pilgrimage around the world?
To test the waters. To see if
missions is in my
future. To see where and to whom I felt called. To serve and share. To
grow in my relationship with God. Not necessarily bad reasons – quite
for most, but I now see how I was searching for milk, while the Lord
give (and gave anyways) meat and wine.
I now see why my
reasons were just missing the mark – above all, this pilgrimage is needed
because Jesus is real and because my soul and millions of others are on the
line. My heart and spirit needed this
pilgrimage in order to save me from a life of complacency.
This pilgrimage is needed to instill
compassion and passion – fraternal twins that keeps my soul alive. This pilgrimage is needed to break me of
myself. To realize my true identity in
Christ. And, finally, what I went
searching for at the beginning – my role in the kingdom.
What did you hope to
Man, any answer I
give will reek of my self-interest… something I was hoping to lose! So, ironically, from the beginning I’ve been
hoping to lose myself – my worldly ambitions, perspectives, control – as I go
in search of a real, living Jesus. Leave it to God to have this all perfectly
planned out. The greater my intimacy
grew with Him, the more I was stripped.
It was in my nakedness that I saw the true Stephanie. And it wasn’t all
I also wanted to gain a way of living that reflected the
simple love of Jesus. A mind, heart,
attitude – a lifestyle really – that would reflect that of one who has been
with Jesus. Passionate intimacy that
makes others question and seek.
I wanted simplicity -which is only gained through losing
(void of action on my part) or abandonment (ex – going on the World Race… this
requires action on my part). Losing
those things, wants, and needs that clutter my relationship with Christ.
How will this
experience impact your future ministry and walk with God?
My faith has evolved from a mind-set to a way of life. It is
intertwined with my DNA. I cannot be separated from it. It is who I am.
I am a child of God and I have a desire to
come to know my Father and inherit the promise land.Everybody is a
minister and everyone a mission
field. Ministry is who I am. Prayer is who I am. It is no longer about
the things I do, but
the Person I am reflecting and becoming.
This journey takes a
turn onto a path less trodden; a path called faith whose nickname is
“reckless abandon”; a path where innate
dreams, passions and desires are met by a loving, living, intimate
Creator. A Bridegroom who delights in
each step taken on this pilgrimage to “fully alive.”
Read the full article at Wrecked here.