Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ten things the Church needs

So many of us forget to live our lives to their fullest potential. In a world that is constantly berating us for not living  up to its impossible ideals, its becomes easy to believe  we have nothing to offer those whom live around us.
 And that is completely false. 
 Here are a few things that the world absolutely, unequivocally needs more of from you. 

1. Your passion

The church needs a little bit more of whatever makes your pulse race and your eyes glow and your thoughts speed up to a thousand miles an hour. 
We need more people who are fully, intensely animated,  because they fight the hardest and love the strongest and accomplish the absolute most. 
The profitable servant received this accolade. 
"Enter into the joy of thy lord ... you have been faithful" ... 
he was faithful because they were passionate about what he was doing. 
We excel when we are doingwhatever it is that brings joy to our lives... 
what ever brings joy to your life is your lord ( small L ) it's also the greatest source of your passion. 

2. Your nerve

The church is sourly lacking in risk takers. We need more people who go out on limbs, who aim for their dreams, who fight for what they believe in with a sense of unabashed recklessness; people who stand up for the changes they want to see happen without fear of getting shot down or rejected. 
The world needs a bit more of your nerve because nothing extraordinary has ever been achieved by anyone playing it safe.
Jesus asked nicodemus  "Do you have the courage to be born again? "  
Without nerve your passion is a wasted idle day dream. 

3. Your humor

The church needs more of whatever it is about you that dwells in the absurd. It needs more of your quirks, more of your quandaries, more of your absolutely illogical ponderings. 
We need to be reminded that it’s humor that makes the impossible bearable, so tell us how your humor saved you while you were simply treading water to keep from drowning. 
 That you have found a way to lighten the darkness and that it we can make it too, if we can find this path that you found. 

4. Your vulnerability

The church needs more people who will share their experiences honestly and candidly, regardless of how they are perceived; more people who show up, open up and admit to the realities of the lives that they’re living so that others can learn to do the same. 
We need a greater sense of humanity in the church and we need your vulnerability to do it.
Super hero's  only live in comic books ... the rest of us are made from dirt and are animated by the masters breath. 

5. Your decisiveness

The church doesn’t need another person who cannot decide who they are or what they want or whether or not they deserve the life they’re living. 
The world needs more people who are unafraid to say, “I’m here. This is who I am. And this is how I’m going to live my life.” 
We need more of your bold, unapologetic nature when it comes to the big choices you’re making.
Especially in regards to your faith ... the world needs what we have ... don't be apologetic nor hang your head .  

6. Your compassion

The church needs more of your understanding. 
In a world that sometimes seems to be falling apart at the seams, we need more people who are kind. And honest. And caring. 
People who love rather than hate, giving compassion rather than scorn, and listen rather than preach.
Human kindness costs nothing, but to those who are in need of its, it's value cannot be quantified. 

7. Your intensity

The church  needs more of your focus, your depth and your unwavering concentration on what matters. 
Nobody is going to benefit from a watered-down half-hearted version of you – we need you at your strongest, at your fullest, at your absolute most intense self. 

8. Your exploration

The church needs more of your wonder. It is such a rare thing to reach adulthood and retain a sense of curiosity – a desire to keep exploring and growing beyond the person you are. 
We need more of your unstoppable desire to see more, do more, experience more than everyone else tells you is possible.
When other say it's impossible they are talking about themselves ... you can do it if you'll dare. 
Acts 2:17
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Part of the divine restoration of His Glory was come come through the lives of those young and old who still dream, imaging and wonder. 

9. Your participation

The church needs more people who show up to their everyday lives and live hard, love hard, try hard, and sometimes fail hard. 
The house of faith is just that, a house of faith.  But participation is what drives an idea from its home of hope to its destination of reality ... if you believe it , water it with your careful care and labor until it blooms into existence. 

10. Your spirit

The church needs more of whatever it is that makes you you – we do not need another Apostle Paul, Peter nor John the Revalator. 
You were uniquely crafted by the masters hand to accomplish something Great ... God will not anoint a fraud so God will not bless you while you try to channel another's calling, personality nor gifting. 
So be yourself and trust God to bless what you are. That's right just be unapologetically you 
10 things the church needs more of all of them start with you. 

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