“I’m not doing anything specific. God asked me to put aside my ministry,” Robin‘s friend told her. It was her friend’s answer to what she had been doing lately.
Robin was understandably concerned; after all, her friend had apparently been very active in serving and involved with others. When her friend explained the freedom she felt from Jesus to let go of doing and try being for a while, Robin felt a little ache in her heart.
My soul longed for that kind of refreshing. The new year brought lots of fresh starts, resolutions and back to school routines that busied my schedule. Why do we feel that we have to be doing something to have value?
Even as I have been trying to empty my schedule, reduce the distractions, the thing I fear is this same concern of others, the concern Robin had for her friend, the concern I have had for others. What will others think of me if I am not busy, hurrying.
The thing I long for, though, the thing I crave as I empty out my life is to feel this freedom Robin’s friend had. The freedom to truly follow Jesus, even if he leads me down an uncertain, lonely path.
Join me for regular jaunts around The High Calling network, randomly visiting fellow bloggers, soaking up their words and ideas, and then coming back here to write about them from my perspective. This is what The High Calling network is all about, after all.
Our site is about casting a vision that is clear enough and inspiring enough that our readers can run with it on their own sites. We then spend the majority of our editorial time listening to them on their sites and helping them shine as writers. We believe in the power of the laity so much that we are relying on them and their audiences to help spread the vision that has been given to us. – Marcus Goodyear, senior editor, thehighcalling.org (from “The Challenge, Strategy, and Execution of Combining Web Properties” by Dan King on churchcrunch.com)
Next Thursday, consider going “There and Back Again” yourself. It’s simple.
1.) Choose another High Calling Blogger to visit. It can be someone you have “met” before, or do what I do, and work your way through the “Member Posts” section of thehighcalling.com to meet someone new.
2.) Visit their blog, digesting the message until it becomes something that you can write about.
3.) Go back to your blog and write about it, being sure to link to the post that gave you the idea so that your readers can visit, too.
4.) Add this button to your blog so your readers know you are participating in “There and Back Again.”
5.) Go back to the Network blog and leave a comment so your new friend can feel the link love!
6.) Complete the journey by returning here, to Wide Open Spaces, and enter your link so that we all can benefit from the new High Calling connection you have made.