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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Proud Mary

"I left a good job in the city, workin' for the man every night and day." Proud Mary starts as an anthem to following your dream. Working for the weekend is no way to live, no way to thrive. The thing is, people will think you're crazy if you follow your dreams.

Normal people go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, retire, and die. That's the story arc that the American dream has become. Churches aren't too different, they are supposed to buy a building, grow up, but they aren't allowed to die.

I'm not knocking normal. We need normal. We need people who feel called to raise families and we need churches that feel called to be stable influences in their community. But we need to empower the crazy people who feel called to drop it all and ride on a river boat; we need to empower the churches that are crazy and want to not own a building, churches that choose to die well, churches that feel called to be different.

The key here is calling. Just because I don't feel called to settle down and have kids in a nice neighborhood doesn't make that a bad thing. It's a very good thing, but it would drive me crazy to go against my calling. What is your calling? What is the calling of your church?

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