I don’t think we could have asked for a better journey these last four years. Almost to the day, four years ago our season as a family here in Texas began as we were welcomed openly and warmly as the newest members of the Woodlands Church staff team. The people of Woodlands Church accepted us and…
Some interesting conversations start on an airplane.
You know…that awkward moment when you realize you are encroaching on someone else’s personal bubble while you sit 3 to a row but you might as well be ok with it because nothing is about to change anytime soon.
Personal bubble aside, there is something to striking up a conversation with a complete stranger who is your captive audience for at least an hour, if not more.
Inevitably, after normal pleasantries of name and where you are traveling from/to and why you are traveling are exchanged, the next question usually is, “So, what do you do?”
This is where it gets fun.
“I’m an International Missions Pastor,” I answer, knowing that there will be a follow up question after a seemingly puzzled look as he or she tries to digest my answer and attempt to size up my work placing it into some compartmentalized mind space complete with it’s own set of stereotypes.
“So you take church people on trips,” is usually the truncated synopsis I receive back.
Well, not exactly. Opportunity presents itself to start sharing the various types of work that Woodlands Church, our global partners, team members, pastors, leaders, and business men/women are engaged in around the world, both domestically and internationally.
Diving deeper into discussion with a score of questions being asked and answered, there is this hinge point in the conversation. It is the moment where the light bulb in the mind of my captive audience begins to flicker with a “get it” factor.
And yet at that very same moment, there is a wrestling at the cognitive, emotional and spiritual levels. It is a common wrestling; a wrestling of skepticism if you will.
Does it really matter? Does it really make a difference?
Fair enough question. We live in a world with seemingly insurmountable problems…problems demanding solutions that often require systemic change. While systemic change, or the eradication of poverty, aids, and the like are not overnight or even quick processes, the fight to procure these goals is not only worthy, but efforts are being proven effective.
The end result, the imaginable goal, is worth the fight.
In fact, we have no option but to keep fighting, even when most would willingly admit the cause is daunting, or quite possibly impossible in nature.
But that is ok. I serve a big God. I like my chances.
“Sometimes a disease can be knocked out; sometimes sex traffic can be considerably reduced; sometimes slavery can be abolished in a region; sometimes more equitable laws can foster justice and reduce corruption…In these and countless other ways cultural change is possible. More importantly, doing good to the city, doing good to all people (even if we have special responsibility for the household of faith), is part of our responsibility as God’s redeemed people.” – Timothy Keller, Generous Justice
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they have been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact; it’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration; it’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
Fight on friends. Fight on.