Love God and Love People.
Those two activities need to be the guiding philosophy of any faith venture business as mission that seeks to employ and train individuals rebuilding lives from addiction, homelessness and prison.
I was reminded of that during the last couple of weeks when I’ve been missing in action from the Faithventure Forum. We are in a season at Belay of intense strategizing as we finalize our plans for the summer and beyond. It’s been one decision after another. Unlike many organizations, we’re facing good decisions, but it has just seemed wise to unplug for a bit and really seek out God.
In the midst of it, I was reminded that I have a tendency to complicate things. I sometimes have trouble trusting my gut and instead spend hours and days wrapping my mind around all the dimensions of the decision. I list out the pros and cons and try to anticipate the potential outcomes related to each possible choice. It’s a good undertaking…up to a point. In the end, you still have to trust your gut about what you think you are hearing from God and move out in faith.
Sometimes I even complicate my faith. But then Jesus reminds that all the Law and the Prophets can be boiled down to two commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39, NIV)
Can you imagine the positive impact on our culture and world if people really tried to put this into action? What good would be unleashed if all aspects of our life reflected a true love for God and a genuine love for the others around us? How often do we forget or try to push God out of the day to day circumstances that we face. More often than not the first thoughts that enter our mind are focused on self verses the other people around us.
I believe that this teaching should guide any decision facing a faith venture. What action helps us to better love God and love people? If we are struggling with figuring out which way to go, it’s often because we’ve lost sight of that fundamental question. If we figure out the answer, we can then confidently step out in faith.
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