This morning I woke up to do some writing for different blogs and purposes but couldn’t shake a few thoughts. When something is lingering like this, I tend to suppose it needs dealt with, and so, in my case, I need to write it down if I’m to move forward. I was and am feeling burdened and frustrated about what I feel are blind eyes and silent mouths by church leaders to a few very practical and key topics in our society.
A week ago I attended a conference for ministry-minded folks with a desire for reaching college students. At one point I found myself sitting next to a young man of African American ancestry, who was obviously very intelligent, in his last year of school, and was considering joining staff with the collegiate ministry he was a part of. Because of this possibility, he had been allowed to tag along — getting a glimpse of what he might sign up for, I guess.
We are part of the best story there is. So how do we cast a compelling vision for our community and connect with the people – even those who don’t believe as we do – in a way that excites them, assures them we care, and connects our story to theirs in a way that shows them the depth of meaning THE story can bring to their lives!?
We are all storytellers, and we are all part of one grand story.
Within this grand story are nearly infinite other stories we could tell at any time.
Jesus was a master storyteller.
My father is an expert storyteller.
I tend to be a bit of a storyteller, myself, but I wouldn’t say I’m “expert” material yet. However, that’s pretty much what the existence of this blog is about. One long and wandering story. One I’m writing down as I go. One I’m hoping to gain clarity on as I write.
Our communities we are a part of are a story. Hundreds of thousands of stories, making up one collective story – much like the gospel and the church.
However, our communities depend on us. You and me.
We have to help shape the story and make it meaningful.
In a noble effort to not be unloving, might we actually be completely failing at loving and defecting from our duties?
You’ve read it too. You probably have it memorized:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. -1 Corinthians 9:24
From what I’ve seen, running to win the race (1 Cor 9:24) often leaves people behind in a sense. Yet I’ve heard countless times that it’s unloving to move on and leave people behind who refuse to “pick up their mat and walk”, accept healing for their wounds, take care of themselves, and “run to win”.
It’s common to be frowned upon, even ridiculed by other leaders, if you’re seen as a person who is willing to press forward hard and fast even if it means leaving others behind who don’t want to run to win the prize (Phil 3:14).
Wasn’t that verse written for everyone?