23 June 2015

What if serving Christ overseas could look fun? 

I watched about 14 Christian videos today. The content ranged from supporter updates to seminary ads but a common thread percolated throughout. Seriousness.

A sizable portion of the missionaries communication pie must be serious. After all, donors are handing over their hard-earned dollars to allow missionaries to live and that is serious business. It demands consistent communication regarding how resources are being spent for kingdom purposes, fruit of the labor, and struggles along the way.


 But what if we as goofy human beings dropped the formality guise? What if a Scottish missionary family filmed 15 seconds of awkward Dad dancing around the dinner table. Or of their son painted blue head to toe for the local soccer match. To me, the current system misses out on the opportunity modern technology allows us to share quick glimpses of honest life. The glimpse I am imagining doesn’t show redemption, promise progress or even tell a story, but it does humanize the mission. Missionaries are not super humans; they are not espresso downing, conversation having, John 3.16 sweater knitting machines. If we can remind givers that they are giving to a person, a beautiful, goofy person just like themselves, then I believe givers will smile and remember the honesty shown them.  

22 June 2015

Last night, I snapped this picture of the sunset over the Rockies. I like the image, even though it belongs in a Michelob Ultra ad, which I have demonstrated below.

 It was one of those moments where the camera is inadequate, as it should be. The cool valley breeze tilting the heads of dandelions,  270º of hazy indigo mountains falling away into opacity, and the last shreds of sunset bending over the Front Range. Then I realized that the back tire of my mountain bike was as flat as a pancake… The night concluded with a 57 minute walk back home, but who cares. The moon rose and I got to enjoy the crisp Colorado air, which I notice with gratitude, is without mosquitoes.