Spheres of influence.
We each have one. Probably more than one.
And each sphere is a culture. A set of unspoken nuances, rules, and behaviors that differentiate it from other cultures.
And you’re in it. You’re in it to bring Jesus and aspects of his character into the middle. Sometimes subtly and over time. Other times abruptly and within minutes.
Calls and cultures cannot be compared. It’s a dangerous game to get involved in. Some people will influence thousands in their lifetime; others will influence one. But the measuring stick isn’t necessarily volume: it’s faithfulness.
I won’t be asked if I was diligent to affect your cultures. Just my own.
I serve at New Life with an amazing team of creatives. Designers, fabricators, and all around hard workers. Visionaries.
Part of my call to Jefferson County is to slowly, over time, help teach a community to appreciate art. Things that aren’t easily explained with simple metaphors because their impetus was to provoke unique emotions in each individual. Not to draw parallels.
In creating the “Refresh” stage set for October – drawn by Jason Clement, sewn and set by Kathy Fahey, and rigged by Zach Yelle and Daniel Gilchrist – some will see joy. Others will be inspired. Some will wonder. Find fascinating. Stir memories. Be provoked.
But regardless of meaning, memories, or metaphors, I hope people find it beautiful.
For beauty is a mark of the Kingdom.
And she doesn’t need a reason.
She simply is. Because God likes beautiful things.
So what are you being faithful to? What are the many-faceted, multi-layered, underlying missions that burn in your heart? Who are the people you’re reaching, the themes you’re living out, the calls your answering?
When you can, be specific. Intentional. Write it down, pray over it, act on it. Ask yourself what you see your cultures looking like after your time serving within them is done.
Don’t wait for someone else to do the job God assigned you to do. ch: