Tuesday, September 10, 2013

As One Voice - Back to Basics

The whole basis for As One Voice has been giving God praise for all that He has done, and doing it as the Body of Christ that He intends us to be.  From the beginning, I've thought of it as an offering to Him, and sought to design it in a way that all those involved will know this is something we are giving to Him, straight from us, as a gift.

On that note, the human concept of gift-giving has become a hindrance.  When we give gifts to one another, it's not fair to require the recipient to be involved in the process.  If they have to work at all for it, it feels less like a gift. 

About a week ago, God gave me what I and my family (and probably most other NCIS fans) call a "Gibbs slap."  He's given me several over the years, but the message behind this one was loud and clear: "What made you think you were supposed to do this without My help?"  He, who specializes in providing for all of our needs, whether we realize it at the time or not, does not need anything from us.  This whole project, which I had viewed as a grateful people, showing God the worship He deserves, isn't meant to benefit Him at all.  He's God, for crying out loud.  What does he truly need that we could even strive to give?  So, the project is about Him, but the project is for us.

I hadn't even realized it, but my whole approach to planning and organizing this event had been skewed by my own desire for control.  Before setting a date, I wanted to gain input from churches that wanted to be involved, hoping that by doing so, it would help people feel more involved, and give them a greater desire to take part, and encourage others to join.  I wanted to get the whole thing aired on the radio, making it that much easier for people to connect to the service. (I still believe this will happen eventually, we just haven't arrived at that thread, yet!)

I've been feeling rather inspired, lately.  I'm inspired by Steve Wiens, and his upcoming run from one rim of the Grand Canyon to the other.  I'm inspired that through this insane effort, he hoped to raise $50,000, in a month's time, for Eyes That See, a more-than-worthwhile charity helping women in Ethiopia escape human trafficking.  Steve credits himself as a lunatic, and I totally agree.  It's utter lunacy to believe that much money could be raised in such a short time. Steve posted an entry titled We Did It! a few days ago.  Guess what?  We serve a God who has a heart for lunatics.  A week before his run (which takes place this coming Sunday), the donations have totaled over $51,000.  Guess what God can do, and what His people can do when they band together?

So, here's a slightly new take on the whole process: A big step out in faith.  I'm going to set a date, and I'm going to pray, and I'm going to watch in amazement as He begins to put all the pieces together for this to happen.  

Care to join me?

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