What to do in case of…

9 07 2008

I found this by way of nakedpastor, and it made me think. I’ve been considering my role at Solid Rock, and what I want/need to let God work with. Because once I give it all to Him, the heavens are going to explode, because He is that great. The best thing about the list below is that it’s called “10 Little Pieces of Advice to Take or Leave” – that’s what’s so good about the list, because that’s what we listen to, what we hear. So here it is:

  • Lead leaderlessly. That is, lead in a non-leading kind of way. Serve. Step out of the leadership position continually. Perpetually. Create the vacuum for others to lead and serve.
  • Don’t go anywhere. No goal. No destiny. No vision. Keep it real and keep it present. You either serve the vision or you serve the people.
  • Don’t ever think of the “church” as some kind of entity ASIDE from the real flesh and blood people that constitute it. The church isn’t the entity, even though it wants to be and constantly endeavors to be.
  • Allow worship and expression of all sorts to be indigenous. Never think of worship as instruction. It is God-ward, not human-ward.
  • If prayer is always in the form of a song and never said or read, so be it.
  • Allow freedom of expression, even if it’s going to be weird, uncomfortable, and questionable. Judge it afterwards. Yes, when done with mutual respect, we do get used to this honest and authentic form of dialog and learning.
  • Let sinners play too.
  • Question everything.
  • Never be overly impressed with another person. No one is good but God alone.
  • Don’t be afraid to kill the mood. Always be honest and free, no matter how uncomfortable you might cause others to feel.


Don’t give up on love

9 06 2008

It was the last day of the long weekend, and I have appreciated again how wonderful much God blesses us with clear skies when we’re feeling down, with shade when we’re feeling tired, with the laughter of children playing in their self-absorbed way when we’re feeling self-absorbed.

This morning, we picked up the sister from the airport after her tour in Kazakhstan against “butch girls” and escorts. As I waited for her at the Arrivals Hall, I thought to myself how great the airport was – it’s people at their most basic forms; their emotions frazzled and tempers rising but also their joys coming more easily to the surface as people they love and who love them pick them up from the various different locations they’ve spent time in… it’s a marvellous thing, that all these people are in transit, or back to where they belong. The ecstatic hugs and enthusiastic welcomes… nice.

It’s all about life, and where we are at a certain moment. Because it’s all there is – the moment where we realise that there is something bigger than our fears, our anxieties, our hopes… there is something bigger, and infinitely more important, more worthy. I found the illustration below quite interesting. What else are we striving for?

I’ve found that as I’ve grown older, my fears come more easily to the surface, and I’m more vulnerable to insecurities, where once I would have leapt head-first. Now, I find caution my second nature, and whilst there are many situations where I am myself, and the way God made me, I find it more easy to lapse into the voice that asks, “Can I do this? Am I capable of doing this? Is there a point to doing this?” rather than the voice that once easily said, “Let’s go!”

So what am I striving for? Is it so easy to say that I’m always living for the growth of the Kingdom, and the love of Christ to be brought to the world? It’s easier on some days than others, and I find that bringing Christ to the world is a different thing altogether to the everyday sort. Does that make any sense at all? I’m not so sure, sometimes.

I guess it’s easy to search for the easy way out. Why else would the adjective be used so… easily?

no child should have to endure this

20 12 2007

this got my attention.