This tastes like you’re drinking a german chocolate cake! The great thing is it’s totally healthy!
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Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, recently published his latest offering, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Despite the ominous title, Henry seeks to remind each of us that we have a finite amount of time and that when we’re gone, our work, defined as anywhere that we add value, will stand as the biggest testament to who we were and what we believed. It’s the sum total of our focus, assets, time and energy.
“Ultimately, your life will be measured by what you gave, not what you received. Don’t hold out on the rest of us—we need you to contribute. Spend your life building a body of work you will be proud of. Engage today with urgency and diligence. Plant seeds every day that will yield a harvest later. Tomorrow is only an unfulfilled wish, so live and work as if today is all you have. If you do, you will be able to lay your head down each night satisfied with your work, and in the end, you will die empty of regret, but full of satisfaction for a life well lived.”
Boys night at Rogers HQ! #wipeout on the Wii
For the past two years I’ve joined a team of creatives from around the country on an endeavor to encourage church leaders and help them communicate a message of hope to their communities. No, we don’t build church buildings or construct orphanages. No we don’t run a VBS or witness on the streets. We work to create sustainable solutions for churches to effectively communicate an ultimate message of God’s never-ending love for each community the churches we help are involved in. So far we’ve been to Albany, NY and Northwest Arkansas.
Last year Pastor Andy Swart from Metro Church, in Rogers, Arkansas was impressed that we knocked out needs his church had for four years.
“This week has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders as a lead pastor. I have in my head what I want things to look and feel like, and your team somewhere did a ninja assault on my brain and figured out what that looked like. I’ve worked two twelve hour days with them, but they have been energizing and refreshing days! The work they’ve accomplished allows us to focus more on getting Jesus to NWA!”
This year weʼre working with 15-20 churches and ministries in Anchorage Alaska and surrounding areas.
Alaska is the least churched state in the country and leads the nation in almost all of the worst statistics (suicide, depression, teen pregnancy, sexual abuse). Some move to Alaska to run away from all sorts of things including other people and even the influence of Christianity. Itʼs no surprise the biggest felt need is acceptance – community and belonging. However, God is at work and doing new things. People are responding to a gospel of grace. Thereʼs a real sense of unity among pastors. For the first time in years, many churches are being planted and working together with established churches to bring revival to Alaska.
We will be helping good churches and pastors like Jay in Wasilla who recently followed Godʼs call by moving his family from Virginia to plant a church. Heʼs bi-vocational. His full-time gig is working at Lowe’s Hardware. Creative Missions is the least we can do to help guys like that.
Finally, the good folks of Anchorage believe Alaska is the only state in the country where if you influence one city (Anchorage) you can influence the entire state. This is good news for us. Weʼre specifically helping churches in Anchorage to maximize the impact of Creative Missions in Alaska. You will play a part in spreading the gospel to all of Alaska!
Over the last two years we have seen the countenance of church leaders lift. We’ve heard them confess that, by the time we leave, they no longer feel alone in ministry. We’ve seen churches grow, add services and community outreaches as a result of just a few creatives dedicating a week of time. Creative Missions changes churches.
See what we’ve done the last 2 years:
Weʼre building five teams to accomplish a three-pronged strategy with 25-30 Creative Missionaries.
The world is always seeking an expert; the latest guru on a topic or idea. They are looking for the consultant that’s been there and has written the book on it. I get it. As a consumer of anything, I want someone to show me the ropes and has experience with a product, application or model. I get that. However, I’ve been getting to this point lately where experts seem to be a dime a dozen. Everyone’s an expert in this or that and the problem I keep bumping up against is that the experts all seem to say the same thing. Perhaps that’s all that can be said but perhaps not.
What about the rogue nobodies. The ones with the different perspective that peer through a slightly different pane on the prism. These are the people that look at a product, turn it upside down and use it for something it was never quite intended for but, hey, it works! These days, I’m far more interested in the novice, the inexperienced end user who doesn’t know what the product is for or what it’s supposed to do but has made it work their way, for them. Who says we can’t make our fortune and save the world at the same time. Maybe 3:45 AM is the perfect time to post something on a social network and have it go viral. There’s a place for the experts but leave space for the ones that get it done differently and perhaps better.
Those that dare to plod on as novices, as goonies….they just might change the world.
Goonies, never say die!