Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The C word

a Jesus thought...
Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him! (Like 8:25)

a Godly thought...
Tony Campolo says "We are what we are committed to." If we fail to commit we end up being only anonymous service providers and isolated consumers. We need more than this if we are to make a lasting contribution to human beings. (p155 Barker)

a leading thought...
Most of the outstanding leaders I have worked with are neither tall nor especially handsome; they are often mediocre public speakers; they do not stand out in a crowd; they do not mesmerize an attending audience with their brilliance or eloquence. Rather what distinguishes them is their clarity and persuasiveness of their ideas, the depth of their commitment, and their openness to continually learning more. (The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge)

a Dave thought...
Commitment is at an all time low, so everyone tells me. Maybe commitment is just expressed differently than it was in the 1960's, 70's & 80's. Sure divorce rates are up, and church membership is down but I believe young people today are committed but it looks very different. No longer will youth sign up to a cause just to keep people happy or to make a formalised structure easier to work. They need to be 100% convinced the cause is worth signing up to, but if they do they are more likely to outperform the generations before them, as it is not about conforming for them but reforming the world they live in.

I begin soldiership classes at Box Hill on Sunday with 12 guys aged 18-22 all thinking of taking on the C word. Please pray for them.

Just a thought.

5 comments:

Kirsten said...

You're a deep man, Dave. I'm not sucking up to my youth pastor, I promise, but I really got alot out of that - today was my first time reading too. Keep dropping pearls, I'm picking them up :)
Kirsten.

Anonymous said...

Will certainly pray for these guys Dave - you are doing a great job (through Christ of course, not on your own), getting these guys to commit - keep working with them, we so need to keep them.

V

Anonymous said...

Brother Court would say there is a more important "C" word when talking about Soldiership. Also, make sure you don't call Soldiership, membership.
Limo

Miriam said...

Do you think that 'young people' of today are reluctant to commit because they think by doing so they 'lock' themselves into something they won't be able to get out of?

However, I would say that being committed to something is actually quite liberating. Ironic isn't it?

james said...

i agree with you dave,
ive found young people these days are fine for soldiership once they know they can be committed to the covenant they are signing.

if they dont think they can sign it its normally because they dont think they can stick to it. That to me shows me that they are committed.

If they were uncommitted they could sing it and not care. i think the youth of this generation are more committed to Jesus than alot of the previous generations and because of that they wont sign something out of the wrong motives...

what would i know though!lol love the blog dave keep it up.