I will admit to feeling perhaps a bit lost in facilitating this study. It's about finding ways to make a difference in the world. How can we do something for God...be it big or small... but just do something that leaves a God sized mark on the world.
There are incredible videos involved and really great study questions.
I think part of the issue I have is that I get frustrated with the blank stares that I get from the class when I ask them what they are passionate about.
The last 2 videos included information about people that have worked to try to make a difference in Haiti since the earthquake. After the video today which featured a young couple who had moved there literally a week before the earthquake and now felt that they are exactly where they need to be... I turned to the class and said "Ok who wants to go to Haiti now?!" .. I got some blank stares and nervous chuckles.
Is it because the class isn't moved by what they are seeing? No, it's a great group of loving God loving people.
I moved along with the questions and as we discussed a few things we kind of began seeing where some people could perhaps make their mark. There were guys who felt like they could maybe do yard work for the people in our church that cannot get out of their houses. We have a teacher that loves teaching and sharing that gift with others.
The question that was placed on the table though was this one "There is SO much need. How do I know where to start?"
I think that's where we all get tripped up huh? I know I do. If I get involved in one thing, then will it lead to more? Will I be called to live outside of what is my comfort zone? Will I be called to a place like Haiti or Ethiopia or Uganda or back woods North Carolina or Inner City Philadelphia? Will God ask me to actually speak to the homeless or give up something that I feel like I need?
Valid questions I think.
I have shared before that as a baby Christian I was a bit freaked out at the idea that God might call me to be a missionary in Africa. It was the farthest, scariest place I could think of... I mean I grew up to the images of the millions dying of starvation in the 80's... I cried every time I heard "We Are The World" ... Man did I pray that God wouldn't send me there.
Now... Oh how I pray that God would send me there. :)
So what is the thing that makes us uncomfortable enough in our comfortableness to want to do something about it? (did you follow that?) :)
What makes us mad enough to want to change it... or sad enough...or SO FULL of love for something that we can no longer sit on our happy place but have to go DO something?
I don't know the answer for you... and I am mostly speaking to the choir for those that read this blog. :)
But maybe you can help me come up with some ideas...some thoughts that I might share with the class?
What I think changed it for me was asking God to break my heart for what breaks His... to show me where He was working and placing me there. The place that would move me to action. I cannot look at the people in Ethiopia and not see His love. I cannot look at the my children and not see His glory. I cannot think of the people in the Leper Colony as anything other than the people that Jesus wanted to hang out with... so I wanna hang out with them too. These are the people that Christ sought out. They ARE Christ if you wanna get down to it... we may believe that we are being Christ by sharing ourselves... but in reality those that we serve...are Him. He said whatever you do to the least of these you do to me.
It's not something that I can ignore...I don't want to any more. :) I want to hurt for them, I want to love them, I want to live with them, I want to share their joys and pains.
But... how do you get others to feel your passion? Or better yet...feel God's passion? Not out of guilt, but out of an overflowing of His love for us. His boundless love for us... So much love that you can't just sit... you have to do... no matter whether it's feeding people in a soup kitchen, loving a window or single mom, adopting a child, fostering teens, going on a mission team, moving to another country, sharing your sandwich with the guy on the corner with the homeless sign...
What are you passionate about?