We are only 3 months into this new adventure and we are amazed with how much we are learning. One major lesson we have encountered thus far has been a lesson in patience. We are leaning that relationships take a lot of time to build. We are needing to be patient and allow things to progress naturally. Thus, I would use one word to characterize what we are trying to do this first year ...“POSTURE”
No, I am not talking about sitting up straight! What I mean by “posture” is the stance we take in our community. In essence, how we are perceived by those we are trying to bless and reach. We are working hard to position our family and those who gather with us in such a way as to be advocates for those we are coming in contact with. An advocate is one who supports and speaks in favor of, one who pleads for another. We will use this year to become know as “friends of sinners”. This is what it will take for us to truly be “on Mission” in our current context.This is not to say we will seek to enable or approve of sin but we will not shun or make people feel uncomfortable around us because they have sin in their life. Our gathering will be a place of belonging so the sojourners (spiritually curious) who are joining us can belong, before they believe. We will be “ok” with and even encourage process that may even include letting others disagree with us, with out giving up on them. This is not always easy when our ultimate goal is to share our relationship with Jesus with them.Posture one of the main reasons I have pursued and landed the job at the new Apple store. I begin my training this week and I am looking forward to being a tangible blessing to my fellow employees and allowing God to use me there.
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