Long story short- I’ve been working on following the Book of Common Prayer, a daily schedule of prayer and scripture reading set within the different “timezones” of the church year. One of the brilliant things of daily prayer and readings is that it allows the worshipper to not be contained within the “timezones” and cycles of the dominant culture. Consumerism has its seasons and it has seized us as a culture. The BCP and the Lectionary (daily scripture readings in 3 year cycles) allows us to occupy a different time, literally.
A significant challenge that I see people like me face continually is the opportunity to be captured by a dream, story, narrative that exists outside of this present moment. The axiom, “all we have is the present,” can be helpful and is intensely theological. However, people can be trapped in the present; the “tyranny of the urgent” can be suffocating. Trapped in the present for days, months, and years is literally stealing our dreams.
Len Sweet has said that the future is the Christian’s native timezone, not so much that we are waiting for a future day to finally get us “out of here.” Rather, we are already experiencing moments of vibrant, eternal life now knowing that God’s future is bursting into our present. Indeed, Christians lean forward.
So, I am issuing a challenge. I’m looking for a person who is looking ahead. In particular, I’m looking for a person who envisions planting a church in a foreign country within the next 12 months. This person doesn’t just have a dream. I’m looking for a person who, even though they occupy this current moment, are already stretching into the future, someone who is “already” on foreign soil, putting the plan into action.
Even though this is not official “church business” at FCC, I want to do whatever I can to get you there. You need me and honestly, I need you, because you are someone who is inspiring and someone who is shattering the present-tense trap.
Am I looking for you?