Sep 082014
 

For more than 4 years now, I’ve had the privilege of working both directly and indirectly with people who had a lot in common – and yet they are very diverse.

What did they have in common?   In some way or another, they were all looking for God’s plan for their lives.    And as they did, as I have often done these last months since leaving my prior position at the orphanage, they looked at “figuring out God’s will” as a case of God opening and closing doors and my “job” was to be faithful and knock on the doors to see which one He opens and which ones get slammed on my toes.

But then this weekend, I was rereading “Love Does” by Bob Goff.   And I came across this quote:

I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I
know sometimes God wants us to kick doors down. —Bob Goff, Love Does

 

Sometimes God wants us to kick down the doors?   Seriously?

Yeah, I think He does.   When we see wrong, He wants us to kick down the doors and make it right.

When we see people who haven’t heard about Jesus, He wants us to kick down the doors and tell them about Jesus.

When we see people who are victims of trafficking, He wants us to kick down the doors and work with organizations that will help them be free.

When we see people who are sick, He wants us to kick down the doors and care for them and support them.

When we see vulnerable children, He wants us to kick down the doors and care about them and care for them.

When we see families who are suffering, He wants us to kick down the doors and reach out to them.

God isn’t happy with watered down Christianity.   He wants us to be real, to be in the trenches, to live our faith.

He wants us to kick down the doors and make a difference.

That’s what The Vulnerable Project aims to do.   Will you help?

 

Tom
tom@thevulnerableproject.org

Jun 122014
 

We’ve all heard the phrase and probably even told other people it.    Especially when facing a very large and daunting task.   “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

The thinking is that something is better than nothing.   If you have a yard full of maple trees and a lot of leaves that have fallen, don’t just stand there, do something.    It doesn’t matter what, where or how you do it, but start tackling the problem.” 

If you have 57,000 diapers that need to be loaded on a container, “don’t just stand there, do something” applies very well.

There are many other situations where doing “anything” is better than doing nothing.

But I would like to bring up an alternative theory.   What if “Don’t just stand there, do something!” is backwards?

What if doing something is actually worse than doing nothing?

What if rushing in causes more harm than good?

What if “do something” causes the problem to continue and has no long term positive results?

Instead, I think the saying should be, “Don’t do something, just stand there…….”

Just stand there and read about the culture.  And realize that unless you are working in your own neighborhood, you don’t know the culture, you don’t know the background and it would be presumptuous to assume that you do.

Just stand there and learn from the experienced people (note, I didn’t call them experts, just experienced).

Just stand there and ask some hard questions about the organization that you want to support, their goals, their financial information, their transparency and their experience levels.

Just stand there and think about how you would feel if someone from another country came and “did that” in your neighborhood.

Just stand there and pray about what God wants you to do.

Just stand there and think about why you want to do “this.”   Is it for your personal reasons?   Or is it what God has called you to?   Or is it………

Just stand there and look for God and try to see what He is up to.

 

And once you’ve stood there and thought, read, prayed, learned, analyzed and looked, then decide what God wants you to do and how to make a difference.

That’s when it’s time to “Do Something.”

Tom
tom@thevulnerableproject.org