Monday, October 17, 2011

31 Days: Letting Go of The Status Quo

I used to be the girl who tried to talk people out of doing crazy things because I was afraid of what it might mean for me. It made me feel nervous somehow. It made me feel like my life would become a blurry, muddy contrast to theirs; that my faith might somehow look smaller, or that (gulp) if God called them to crazy, might he also call me?

I felt safest when everyone stood with their toes to the line, never crossing it.

My sister went off to Africa and I had the nerve to tell her that she should be staying here; that she was deserting her culture; that it would be selfish for her to go (oh yes, I did.) I tried to make her feel guilty, though I never would have done so overtly. I was smart enough to be at least a little underhanded. Because if obedience to her meant doing something "wild", then how could I be obedient in the mundane?

What I know now is that the mundane often requires extra doses of obedience.

I also know that many of us are called to wild but too scared to listen.

I know that wild sometimes looks serene. I know that big sometimes gets lost in the haystack. I know church doesn't always happen on Sunday and that family means a shared heart, not blood.

I know that God is in the business of hurling dynamite at the status quo. He's not a fan. He'll do what it takes to bust it up.

So if you feel like you're hearing a call to crazy, I'm rooting for you. I'm telling you to do the dang thing. It might not mean boarding a plane or moving to a tipi out on the plains. It might sound quiet when it feels really loud and maybe that's the very thing holding you back from getting serious. Maybe you believe your excitement might register looks of confusion or, worse, apathy. They'll think it's a drop in the bucket and they won't understand. Or they'll think it's too grandiose and that you're just trying to show off.

Remember this: God's story for you is for you. It was written with you in mind to advance the Glory of His name.

Of course you have a choice. You could opt to say no. But what would be the fun in that?

*For the rest of the Letting Go series, click here.