In fact, those two words have become my standard answer when someone asks how I’m doing these days. I’ve got something on the calendar most nights of the week, weekends are booked for the next several months, and my to-do list is being added to faster than I can cross things off. Thankfully it’s just a season. I knew it was coming and I know it will end.
I’m busy. And if I’m being honest, some part of me likes it. I like the challenge. I like the sense of purpose. I like the feelings of accomplishment.
I like those things because something inside me believes that what I do is the best definition of who I am.
The Go Bold focus our church has for 2017 is exciting. The stories that have already come from this movement are not just inspiring, they are worth thanking God for! Love, kindness, generosity, and hope are showing up in new ways across our community. The more stories I hear, the more I want to take part in making a difference.
But Go Bold is also something I find myself getting excited about for the wrong reasons. The satisfaction that comes with meeting a Go Bold challenge, loving someone with purpose, and the sense of accomplishment I’m left with are great things, but they easily feed the false belief inside of me that says it’s what I do that is the best definition of who I am.
It is easy to believe that I am worthy or significant in God’s eyes because of the things I do in His name. It is easy to be more motivated by challenge and accomplishment than it is by the “why” behind Go Bold.
Why should we Go Bold?
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Jesus knew everything… and he still decided to step into creation to save his people. He knew the kind of people he was saving… selfish, greedy, proud, messy, busy people. People like me and you. We have been boldly loved by God.
Boldly loved by God is the best definition of who I am.
Having been boldly loved by God is the best motivation for Go Bold.
If you, like me, have a Go Bold challenge on your to do list as one more thing to accomplish, it might be worth taking a few minutes to think about the “why.” Story is a big part of Go Bold and I can’t think of a better way to be motivated rightly than to remind myself of the ways God has boldly loved me.
“We love because he first loved us.”
– Lance Lawson, Church on Wednesday Campus Pastor