Daily Interrupted Challenge
Brainstorm a crazy goal for 2015
In the coming weeks, think about something you can do in 2015 that is totally different than anything you’ve ever done before. Maybe it’s donating time serving at a non-profit every month. Maybe it’s giving up something to give God more room to move. I’ve been thinking about this and I’ve got a few crazy ideas of my own that I will share in the coming days to shake up our family and do things differently than we’ve ever done before!
Day 46: Breaking the Code
Sorry guys, I slept in this morning – thus the late update for the blog.
Today’s reading showed examples of how Austin New Church really spent time and energy in learning the demographics of the culture surrounding their new church and then took it a step further to see how they could best reach those people.
They didn’t simply say, “Here we are, come if you like us and what we do here – leave if you don’t!”
That would be the easy way to do things when we’re trying to do a work for God – do things like we’ve always done them and just expect those around us to catch the vision and join along.
But, if we’re not paying attention to the local culture, the local history, the way they live their lives – we aren’t really existing to reach them fully.
I like to think about everything that Jen said in today’s reading related to our workplaces and our neighborhoods. Do we ever really get to know our coworkers, our next door neighbors? Do we understand where they’ve come from, their traditions, their culture?
If we did invest ourselves in getting to know them a little better, they may have more of an ear to listen to us and be open to hear our hearts. Just a guess.
Lord, help me to pay attention to those in my path. Help me to ask questions, be a listener, learn from others and how they live. Help me to respect their culture their past and their experiences. Help me to not be so quick to judge based on what little information I know about others. There is so much more to each of our stories and things are not always as they seem. Amen!
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