Laying down your rights will be the key to your experience and effectiveness.
We live in a world that is full of rights. Our particular culture is one where we take pride in our rights. The rights of individuals are constitutional; however, as we see the demanding of individual rights increase, we see more of the moral fiber of our society decrease. Our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His rights to the heavens and all His glory to become a man and to serve, not to be served (Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 10:45).
Consider laying down your rights on this mission journey. Not to lay them down for better or worse, but to entrust them to the Lord, or transfer the responsibility of them to a place of safekeeping. These rights may seem reasonable but could still cause dissension on a short-term mission journey. Take time to search your heart and willingly surrender your rights to the Lord.
I give up my right to: I entrust to God:
a comfortable bed my strength and endurance
three meals a day my health and strength
familiar food my likes and dislikes of food
dressing fashionable my security in Him
seeing results His purposes and fruit in His timing
control of myself my need for His Spirit control
control of others His workmanship in others
control of circumstances my circumstances to His purposes in
pleasant circumstances making me Christ-like
making decisions the privilege of suffering for His sake
taking up offense His sovereign hand on my life
being successful my security in His love
being understood my reputation
being heard my need for recognition
being right my need for His righteousness
I give God permission to do anything He wishes to me, with me, in me, or through me, that would glorify Him.