It’s been months since I’ve given my own blog any attention. To be fair, I have two business blogs, and that seems like plenty. But I have learned So. Much. these past months that it seems like time to write again. So…is that allowed? Can I just be “back”??
I’m halfway through The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision. It’s an inspiring and challenging book and if I could I would buy a copy for every person I know, but I’ll have to settle for sharing what I’ve been learning while reading it.
The chapter I read last night brought up the idea of purpose – that each of us was uniquely created for a specific purpose; our skills and talents, our personal experiences, the people we encounter on a daily basis are not coincidental but are rather a part of the way God designed us and our world to exist. Now, I’ll confess that I’ve recently been struggling to wrap my brain around exactly how much is “planned” and how much is “free will,” but that’s not the point here. His point is that – with the idea of purposeful creation in mind – our role is to daily ask, “How can I love, serve, and obey God today?”
It seems so simple. Brought me back to the days of “What Would Jesus Do” bracelets and forgotten WWJD vows.
But when you think about…like REALLY think about it…how much would it change the way we live?
Stearns describes it this way:
A fitting metaphor for the Christian walk is that of enlisting in the army. Upon enlistment, the soldier immediately surrenders control of his or her life. Where the enlistee lives, when he or she moves, what clothing will be worn, how that enlistee will behave, and what he or she will do – all of these things are given over to the commanding officers to decide. Becoming a Christian requires a similar surrender – except that no one is ever drafted; it’s always voluntary, and it takes longer to realize than a four-year enlistment. The truth is that surrender is not an easy thing to do. But without surrender a soldier is not useful to the army, and a Christian is not useful to God. (88-89)
One of the very reasons I argue against joining the military (love you, Dad and Brother 🙂 ) is that – your life is no longer your own. Yet, that’s what it looks like to follow Christ. And resisting surrender means resisting the opportunity to be used by God. Mother Theresa said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” What a shame to be so caught up in thinking we’re the authors that we miss the opportunity to be the pencil.
“If we all woke up every morning asking, ‘How can we love, serve, and obey God today?’ it might change everything – it might even change the world.” (94)