Monday, December 3, 2007

Is Your Fire Burning?

I just finished reading a great book entitled Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels, who serves as the Senior Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area. The premise of the book was simple, yet profound: what angers you so much that you just HAVE to get involved and do something about it?

That's a great question. And, a valid one.

Have you ever thought about it? What gets your goat? What do you see going on in the world around you each day that creates, as Hybels says, a "firestorm of frustration" within you? Enough of a firestorm that you say "enough is enough" and you get involved?

Now, for many of us, there are things happening in the world that we'd all say are just plain wrong. Murder. Injustice. The BCS (sorry, I am a UGA alumnus).

But, what is something very specific for you that gets you stirred up? Maybe it's teen pregnancy. Or, single parents who are struggling to make ends meet. Or, kids and adults who cannot read or write. What is an area that has your name "written all over it"?

For me, I think it would be helping people understand that there's so much more to life than just waking up, working, eating, and sleeping. That God has a plan for them. That He is waiting for them to take just a small step of faith so He can bless them beyond measure. It's my passion because I am a living example of that very idea - that God will take something that seems so insignificant and ordinary and mold it into a priceless masterpiece.

What is it for you? Once you figure that out, it's time to get in the game and make a difference! And, once you get after it, you - and those around you - will never be the same!

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