What makes people effective for mission...is their passion for the mission.
I had lunch last week with David Melton, campus director for Campus Outreach at UGA. I love having David and Jenny at our church and have a lot of fun watching God use David and the rest of the CO team on the campus. We were talking about CO's Summer Beach Project and the reason why some students really embrace talking about Jesus with complete strangers on the beach while other students would rather take a 5-iron to the temple. Here's what we came up with...
The critical difference between those who thrive in that environment and those who struggle had less to do with skill or personality than it did with sheer conviction and passion. People who enjoyed having those conversations on the beach thrived; those who didn't want to be there wilted.
Here's what that means for the rest of us - go where your passions collide with real need. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who wires you to enjoy people, places and events that desperately need the hope and freedom of the gospel. I know you don't think that your quirky hobby has any kingdom value but what if you were able to bring the values of God's kingdom into an arena that you love to be in already?
Here's how one man pulled it off - by starting a blog for fans of his favorite NBA team.
Don't wait for someone else to write your story for you. Look for needs in the people and places you love and do something about it.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Kingdom work is aligning your passions with need
I like what my friend Matt had to say about how your mission and your passion should be closely connected: