Today, I am so inspired, encouraged and strengthened by these beautiful people. Howie and Lysander and a dozen more from DGFUMC are being present to other beautiful people in another city. They are being that being that is also becoming because they live and move and have their being in God. And as they become, they immediately give themselves to others – who, in turn, give themselves back – each being and becoming more of themselves, more like God. This, an exquisite dance that is, well, human.
Who knew wielding a power tool could be so profound?
I just read a beautiful description of the mission of Christ (though, not explicit) from a postmodern marketing guru, Seth Godin:
Great projects start out feeling like buildings. There are architects, materials, staff, rigid timelines, permits, engineers, a structure.
It works or it doesn’t.
Build something that doesn’t fall down. On time.
But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again.
Perfection and polish aren’t nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.
By all means, build. But don’t finish. Don’t walk away.
Here we grow.
Sometimes it seems those outside the church recognize the kingdom better than those inside….