This post is one of several you will see around the internet in coming months about a unique gathering of believers in Austin, TX this September called The Idea Camp. I’ll be there. I’d love for you to join me.
I’ll be honest I feel so inadequate.
I’m no Chris Marlow, and I’m no Lindsey Nobles or Kristen Howerton. I don’t have my hands and arms deep into the orphan care crisis or the homelessness epidemic. I’m not rolling up my sleeves weekly to fight for the rights of foster children or the elderly.
Instead, I have my hands in deep in the dishwater of my kitchen sink helping my seven year old finish her math homework and walking through the spelling of “Pennsylvania” with my fifth grader for a school project. When I’m making lunches and shuttling kids to soccer practices, I feel about as far away from the big Human Care issues as someone can.
I am inadequate. I really am.
But I’m sure if you asked Chris or Lindsey or Kristen, they would tell you they feel the same. At some level, we are all human and not a one of us can fix the problems of the world.
The point is we are ALL inadequate.
But we all, each, in our spaces and worlds do what we can. And I firmly believe that God fills in the gaps of our inadequacies.
It could stop here. I could finish the dishes, wipe off my hands and kiss my children as they lay their recently-showered-heads down to sleep. I could grab my iPad and watch the latest show that makes the worries of the day numb in my head.
Or I could write.
My passion is grace: to write and speak up for those who’ve been given none. There is some crazy, holy fire that has been placed deep within me to fight for the un-graced and the dis-graced. And this, I believe, is human care at it’s finest.
Without love, the rest of what we do is a clanging cymbal. Without grace, the rest of it is legalism.
This is how I dig my arms in deep to the human care crisis today. I roll up my sleeves and speak up for grace.
And I teach my children this same grace. I don’t care if I raise children who are the best at their sport or who will get into the best university but I do want to bring up girls who are lovers of people and deep lovers of the wide grace of God.
And there will be time for the rest of it.
I am inadequate. And so are you. But even so, God allows us to help Him knit to wholeness the broken places in the world.
What do you think? Do you speak up for grace? How has God filled in the gaps in your life? Do you have a “holy fire” in your heart for something/someone?
Please join us this fall at Idea Camp: Human Care, an “unconference” of sorts. September 20,21 in Austin.
Register HERE for only $99.
Prices go up after May 31, 2103