Archive for March, 2011
At first it sounded so noble…”I spend 2-3 hours with God every morning.” Then he said “And every afternoon I read a Christian book for 2-3 hours”….and then he hit the home run….”And at night I get in another 1-2 hours with God.” Sounds like a good missionary to me….but then more came out. He had time to do all of this because he had nothing else to do. You see he had been sitting on the field for over a year literally doing nothing. Why? Because his boss created his platform…it wasn’t working and so he was waiting. What was he waiting for? Even he couldn’t answer the question.
What are you waiting for? Permission? Acceptance? Skills? Being comfortable? A book deal? Record deal? A new title or position? I say…screw the reasons and go for it. If what you’re doing isn’t working…then change it. If your dream seems impossible…make it possible…start moving towards it. Whether we’re missionaries on the field or business people in the US we can do more than wait. Amanda Hocking isn’t waiting, and she’s making millions writing books without a publisher.
Sometimes it just takes a few moments to get unstuck from the moment. The guy in the first paragraph took about 5 minutes. We sat and talked, he finally shared his frustration and also his dreams. And I gave him permission…he doesn’t work for me…or even in my part of Europe…but he’s not waiting anymore. What’s your dream? Do you have an idea? A ministry you want to try? What are you waiting for?
:::remember me…Grady Bauer? I’ve left my home over at Missional Space and am now writing with my good friend and fellow sarcastic saint AlmostM. Thanks for dropping by!
“I hope you can make it.” The youngest son of one of our neighbors had just invited us–excluding kids–to his first play at a local community college. The content would be, he assured me, inappropriate for children. “Yeah!?!? We’ll definitely be there…maybe.”
For us this began a brief discussion of what to do. We arrived at the decision that for a Savior that spent time with sinners and tax collectors with the former category including prostitutes, that our going to the performance was probably the thing to do. Of course it didn’t hurt to know that it was at a community college; how bad could it be? I was reminded of a time when an acquaintance told me of his invitation to an avant garde theater overseas by the lead actress of the production. While she had some clothes on during the performance, the rest of the cast proved to be a lot more free-spirited. Surely that wouldn’t be the case here…at least I hoped not.
Upon arriving at the theater, we encountered bold yellow signage warning that the production was “M for mature” and that the content was not appropriate for children. While this is an interesting commentary on our society, we continued in our theater going. Cautiously.
Yes it was uncomfortable at a few points along the way. But, we made it through and didn’t even have to run to scrub our eyes and ears after it was over. Upon leaving the auditorium, our neighbor was shocked to see us as we chatted for a bit, congratulated him and hugged him on the way out.
Not going to offer a moral to this post. That’s for you to work through if you choose. I will share that the play had a strong point. The main character was pretty pathetic until he learned that a better story existed and he could play a key role. Moving from being the heroine in a worthless story to being the hero in a life-like drama was reason to believe in something better and to live differently. Changed.
This week my family has enjoyed some of these cover tunes from Mercy Me. As for the art, some of them are pretty good. Most of them are quite humorous. You and your family may enjoy laughing and singing along to some of these over the weekend. Below is a Beatles cover that was my introduction to the Cover Tune Grab Bag. Hope you enjoy.
Today I ran across an intriguing story about a lost roll of film and the journey to return the resulting developed photos to the owner. While watching the video I was taken with how much of Luke 10 this guy, Todd Bieber, lives out in fulfilling his goal–to return the film and make friends along the way.
Thanks Todd for the fun story. Thanks for the model of humility and openness to adventure and other people.
Last week The Upstream Collective launched themissionbook.com–a new resource for so much that is mission. It was my privilege to help brainstorm a bit of what this resource could be as we were throwing around ideas for the development of a piece to advance the conversation of missions. The idea we dreamed up and the tool that was born did not match up exactly, but maybe that is a good thing. As collaborators, we are so pleased with what did come out as the still-in-development product. Sure there are still some web tweaks being done to the site (I was told it was done with j-query for any tech geeks out there that care about that stuff) but most importantly it’s a place to join the conversation.
Share your one-page contribution. Comment on the voices that are out there. Feel free to share things you agree or even disagree with via Facebook or Twitter. As a tool for furthering the conversation of missions, we feel this one has all the potential to do just that and it has already started. Having you participate in the exploration and discussion could very well make it a more meaningful conversation.