November 10, 2009

Mark Batterson wrote in his book “Wild Goose Chase” that Change of Pace + Change of Place = Change of Perspective.

Nothing could be truer. (is that a word?)…

So anyway, I’m back from Dubai – after an incredibly busy and rich 12 days.  I’m trying to work through the implications of yet another overseas trip and how seeing what I have seen has changed and needs to change my perspective.  I can’t say I’ve gotten in all, but here’s a short list:

1.) Dubai is a land of STARK contrasts.  Opulence and slavery exist side-by-side. A do-anything Vegas feel is ensconced in Muslim undertones. The old souks are minutes away from the largest mall in the world.  So what in my life is is discordant?  Do i say one thing and do another? Believe one thing and live a different way?  It’s time to lessen the distance between who I want to be and who I am on as many levels as possible.

2.) Dubai as we know it – the crazy buildings, palm islands, etc were essentially built in 7 years.  SEVEN years.  My heart is for people: to see everyone in my reach moving towards freedom and life.  I am passionate about reaching people, especially young men, who have been sexually abused.  I think sex, sexuality, and intimacy are the parts of us that most need the Gospel and power of Jesus.  It seems insurmountable, but is it? If a group of people can take “impossible” out of their dictionary to simply construct buildings and islands, I think I can move forward with bringing the imagination of my heart to reality.  They did what they did in seven years in inspiring and challenging.  I have no excuses.

I get overwhelmed sometimes: because the things that I want to do seem larger than life – and they are actually.  And I know me.  I know my limitations and my inconsistencies.  But, I’m learning that God knows them to.  And that I’m designed to fold into this Gospel, that through death, there is resurrection.  I’m compelled by a Gospel that does not say “well done good and successful” but “well done good and FAITHFUL”…I may not be able to swing one over the fence in the bottom of the 9th with bases loaded,  but I can keep getting up to bat and trust the rest to God.

Thanks Dubai…I needed that