My two boys love Star Wars. They have seen all the movies and every episode of the animated Clone Wars series. They have Star Wars Lego sets, toy lightsabers, action figures, and a seven-foot-tall cardboard cutout of Darth Vader hanging in the bedroom they share.
Often they build a blanket fort in the living room and put last year’s Halloween costumes on to act out some sort of distant galactic battle. I love it when they enlist their 4 year old little sister as a Padawan or bounty hunter. She runs around with a light saber shouting, “I will cut you!”
My boys love Star Wars for a number of reasons but I’m convinced that what they love most is the story: light vs. dark, rebellion vs. the empire, good vs. evil. It’s a story that has captured hearts and minds for forty years. So much so, there are reports of actors going out of their way to be included in The Force Awakens movie released in 2015. James Bond actor Daniel Craig played a cameo role as a Storm Trooper. He is famous for playing James Bond and starring in more than 70 films, shows, and games. But that didn’t matter. His role as a Storm Trooper wasn’t listed in the credits and no one knew it was him – he just wanted to be included in the story.
Why? Could it be that in this case being part of the story was more important than being a star?
Bold Love is like that.
We have an opportunity to be part of an incredible story. One that spans the ages. One that isn’t about us. One that is bigger than anything else we could be part of.
Every Bold Love story begins with the love God has for his people, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” – 1 John 4:10
Every Go Bold story begins with God’s call for his people to love like he does. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:11
In the first week of Bold Love we asked what it might look like if a community of people said, “I’m going to love people like God loved me.” Who in your life needs to know love like that? Who on the outskirts of your life needs to know love like that? What can you do to Go Bold and show them the bold love of Christ?
Who are the people in your life that you can engage and what are the ways you can love them?
When the credits roll at the end of time none of us will have been the star. Yet so many will have played an unknown cameo role in the greatest story ever told. How will you go out of your way to be included?
– Lance Lawson, Church on Wednesday Campus Pastor