Tuesday, October 21, 2008

John Bul Dau

If you don't think refugees need or deserve our help, just watch this video of John Bul Dau on The Hour last night.

You can also read this interview with National Geographic.

The Will Of God

I hear a lot of people these days talking about the will of God, as in...

"You lost your job? Well, just pray for God to show you His will for a new direction."

Sounds great doesn't it? Just sit tight because God has a specific new direction He's taking you in and you don't want to miss out on it. I've had a hard time responding to this kind of statement but have been unable to really put into words as to why until today. Our church has been going through a series on the Lord's Prayer; this week we are up to "Your will be done..."

The message our lead pastor gave on Sunday (listen here) confirmed something I had been thinking about for quite some time: God may not have a specific will for each and every person on the planet. In fact, I would argue that the will of God is perhaps far more broad than we realize and has far less to do with our personal happiness than we realize too.

I do believe particular people are called to a specific life (can you imagine Billy Graham working in an accounting office?), however, most of us can be "in the will of God" regardless of where we live or what career path we are in.

And what is that will? To be the hands of feet of Jesus wherever I am...proactively love my neighbours, help new Canadians learn english, support an orphanage in Africa, speak out on behalf of the oppressed...the list is endless. Ultimately, I can do God's will no matter where I am. Sure, I'd like to find a job where I am happy, where I can pursue my passions and find fulfillment, but in reality, that has very little to do with the will of God. I can still do the will of God working in a marketing office or on an assembly line, scrubbing floors or marking term papers...or even being unemployed.

So while my job hunt continues, my anxiety at making the right decision to ensure I am in God's will is gone. I'll find the right job soon enough, but in the meantime, I'll just keep on striving to do God's will regardless of where I am.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ride For Refugees

We had a great time on Saturday volunteering for the Kitchener-Waterloo Ride for Refugees at one of the rest stops along the route. Over 1600 people participated across the country with 920 of those on the K-W ride. Over $600,000 was raised to support refugee and immigrant services provided through International Teams!

Watch this year's promo video:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Things To Do In Denver

Last time I was in Denver (my favorite American city), I took a whack of photos and posted them to Flickr. Out of the blue I received an email last month saying I was a finalist for the Denver edition of Schmap, an interactive online guide to some of the world's biggest and brightest cities. Well, the results are in and I'm a winner! I don't consider it a great photo, but if it's good enough for the Schmap folks, it's good enough for me. Click here to see my photo of the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Denver.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

I Am A Christian

I saw the following poem attributed to Maya Angelou posted on someone's desk at church the other day. As it turnes out, the poem is not actually written by Maya Angelou but by Carol Wimmer (see Snopes for more info) but the sentiment it communicates is bang on. Being a Christian does not mean I am strong or better than other people but that I am weak and need God to see me through.

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting, "I've been saved!"
I'm whispering, "I get lost! That's why I chose this way"

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't speak with human pride
I'm confessing that I stumble-needing God to be my guide

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not trying to be strong
I'm professing that I'm weak and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not bragging of success
I'm admitting that I've failed and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, "I am a Christian," I don't think I know it all
I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I'm worth it

When I say, "I am a Christian," I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

When I say, "I am a Christian," I do not wish to judge
I have no authority--I only know I'm loved

Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer