I was out for a run recently, listening to worship music on my iPod. I was talking to the Lord, asking why I was feeling distant from Him. I acknowledged that my times with Him had been rushed, and I had been feeling the distance that comes with lack of contact.

 
As I ran, it was as if He replied, “You feel distant from me because you have been relating to me in the third person.”

Over the last few weeks, we’ve talked about what it means to be “holy,” the importance of Christ-followers being different than the world around them. Yet, if this wonderful difference is only experienced among fellow believers—in the holy huddle—a needy world will never experience the life giving difference.

There are two things that can keep us from being fruitful among our friends who are yet to follow and know Jesus. These two simple ideas are reflected in this passage from Peter, the disciple:

The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of repaying a good deed done to you by doing something kind for someone else rather than for the person who was kind to you.  “Paying if forward” rather than “paying it back.”

The method of training people in a trade or art through mentoring—called “apprenticeship”—is not as prevalent as it once was. This year I had the chance to visit the art district of Raleigh, North Carolina. Moore Square is home to artists of all kinds, a community of friends, many of whom take pleasure in mentoring the next generation of artists.

The world is overflowing with the idea of fertility and generations. From the beginning of human history, one of God’s first directives to His people was to be “fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28). From a physical point of view, that means, “have sex and make babies.” God’s creation reflects this theme through every living being. The survival and legacy of any living thing, be they animal or plant, is seen in its ability to reproduce: butterflies must lay eggs and bear caterpillars, sheep must bear lambs, trees produce seeds and seedlings. This is portrayed all the way down to the microscopic world.

Where do significant, world-changing ideas come from? Generally, you’ll find that most of the ideas you’ve been influenced by did not find their source in organizations or books. Rather they have been passed on from generation to generation through people.

Welcome to my blog! I’m going to begin by posting around the theme of my personal calling in life: investing in the lives of others, especially the next generation.

I am currently reading Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak. It’s a very good read on the topic of vocation and calling. He speaks of the idea that calling is not something we attempt to achieve, but a gift we are to receive.  He encourages us to observe our life and listen to what it tells us about who we are and what our God-given passions are.