This week I am working on developing some curriculum and processes for our community. Part of what I am doing is going back over articles, conference notes, books, and other items that we have used over the past 2 years. Can you believe that we have been Visio Dei for almost 2 years?
I’ll share a few of my challenges here:  

  • What would the world look like if your prayers were answered? 
That is something to consider for sure. One of my deepest desires is for us to become a praying church, one that can’t operate with out the Holy Spirit’s presence. The question then becomes, what are we praying for? What do we long for? Are our prayers ones that connect with the kingdom of God Or the kingdom of Visio Dei? Or the kingdom of Traci?
I am also challenged by a document that Corey shared with me from CRM
One of the quotes asks us to consider our relationships… Do we need to “down size” them?

“When your life is relationally maxed out, there is no space for additional relationships.  Therefore, to truly move into relationship with people in context, you will have to downsize the number and intensity of current relationships. This downsizing is one of the price-tags of missional-incarnational living. It also confronts our notions of missionality as a series of manageable projects.  Missional is a way of life, not a task you can schedule.”

Okay, so there were some big words in there.. But here is a concrete example: Jubilee… I could go the meetings, organize events, and even feel pretty good about myself for doing it or it could reck my life as I know it… Option 2 is what seems to be happening… my eyes are wet with tears for the enslaved. But, if I’m honest with myself, I don’t want to change other things in my life to pursue freedom for those I don’t even know. I’m much more comfortable with a check list… but, its not working, my heart is breaking and I’m being confronted with my selfishness and my need for God to direct me. 

Do you need to down size any relationships in order to enter into the messiness with someone God is calling you towards? Are you confronted with your own selfishness when you are around those with deep needs? 

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24