Saturday, February 17, 2007
My new friend in the blogosphere, Katy McKenna, wrote an interesting article, The Anti-Comfort Zone, for Relevant Magazine.
The article talks about living intentionally as Christians. Living with the intent of meeting/seeking out non-Christians. Living with the intent to have God change us and those whom we meet. I think as Christians we so easily slip into our own Christian culture--our friends are primarily Christian, we speak Christianese, and we tend to sit up on high and frown down upon. We get the fellowship part down right (mostly), but often we forget about the 'loving your neighbor' part. We forget, or we just plain don't know how to go about it. We mean well, but...as Katy says, it's outside our comfort zone.
Here's what Katy has to say:
These days, garage door openers don’t conveniently prevent the Samsons from coming into contact with their neighbors. In fact, the family now prefers walking to driving whenever possible, since it fosters intentional involvement with others. “As Americans, we think that intentional living means going somewhere so we can do something,” Will says. “But I wonder if intentionality means to already be in a place where God can do something to us, where He can transform us. When I’m walking to class, I consciously think about the people who live in the places I pass. How can I pray for them? That just doesn’t happen in a car or on a commuter train.
”Will and Lisa have chosen to live as locally as possible, serving both their faith community and the neighborhood residents they’ve come to love. Will routinely hires one local—a man who has a difficult time gaining regular employment—to do odd jobs around the Samson house. And Lisa has bonded with a mentally disabled neighbor lady over their mutual love of The Flintstones.
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I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or how you live intentionally.