|Posted by Cobaltsoul on June 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM|
Anyone who's been in leadership roles in the institutional church knows that a lot has been written and said in the last twenty years about The Vision of a congregation. Most of it's absolute nonsense. Many of the same ideas are common in books on business management. That fact alone ought give the thoughtful Christian reason to pause before buying into the latest vision.
There is only one vision for Christians - love people. Not love them so they will join the church. Not love them so they will confess Jesus. Not love them so they will.... do whatever it is we think they should be doing.
Any additional reason means it's not love we are talking about and not loving we are doing.
Love people because they are people.
Love people because that's how we want others to engage us.
Love people because it is the only perfect gift we can give, even when our love is imperfect.
Love people because loving joins us with the essential nature of God.
Love people because when we love we discover what life is fundamentally about.
There is only one vision, to love people.
Pour out love like it's wine in a grape glut.
Rain down love like a metaphysical monsoon season that lasts all year round.
Pile love so high the tower of Babel conceedes defeat to this more worthy myth.
Find so many ways to love that you forget more than you enact even when the doing takes a lifetime.
What happens after that is between each person and God.
Loving is the only vision.