There have been a number of different writers on the web recently, many of them missions based, many of them not, who have talked about the importance of "showing up." That's a concept that has been rattling around in my brain a good bit lately.
What does "showing up" mean? I know there's the obvious definition - making it physically where you need to be at the right time. Being to school on time, at work on time, putting in the hours, being there for your kids - even when you might not feel like it.
Let me explain a different angle to understanding what "Showing Up" means. "Showing up" means that we believe that God has a purpose and a plan.
And we don't often know exactly what the plan is.
As a matter of fact, we rarely know what the plan is - beyond the next few steps.
And when we look at what we THINK the plan is, we start shaking in our boots. We think, "No way, there's no way I'm qualified to do that." "No way that I could have an impact on that." "You want me to do what?" (Look back to Moses conversations with God by the burning bush - this isn't something new).
And that scares us. But it also provides us with the need to make a choice. We can either say, "I'm too scared and I'm not qualified. Let someone else do it."
Or, we can "show up." We can say, "I'm scared, I don't really know what I'm doing but I know that this is what God wants me to do, so I'm showing up and I'm going to bring my messed up life, my struggles, my trials and I'm just going to trust God and do it."
There are a lot of adoptive parents who have "showed up" recently at GLA. If they are honest, they are scared. They don't know what struggles they will have, they don't know what it will be like, but they know God has told them to "show up." So they did. And they do.
But this isn't a call to adoption - not everyone is called to adoption.
There are a lot of people in Haiti who have "showed up" to help in Haiti. Many of them work at GLA - Dixie, John, Molly, Joyce, Melissa, Holly, Patrick, George, Jocelyn, Tim, Melissa, Tiffany, Britany, Dave (and more). There are many who work for other organizations as well. They showed up even though they were scared. They showed up because they felt that was what God called them to do. And they keep showing up every day because that's what God asked them to do. Even if they are scared, even if they don't feel they are qualified, they show up. Every.single.day.
But this isn't about moving to Haiti.
God has made it clear in multitudes of places in the Bible that He wants His people to care for the children and the poor. And that often isn't comfortable. It's actually quite scary some times, many times.
It requires opening your heart.
It requires opening your checkbook (or your credit card).
It requires trusting. Trusting God that He will lead you to the right way to help the children and the poor.
It requires trusting people who are scared themselves. But they show up. Every day they show up. And quite often they show up in ways that are well beyond what they feel qualified for. And quite often they screw things up when they "show up." But God called and so they answered.
That requires a great deal of faith on their part. And supporting them requires a great deal of faith on our part. Because, frankly, we're all human, we're all scared that we're messing up and in many ways, we all are messing up.
But God still wants us to "show up." He still wants us to "show up" and care for the kids in Haiti. Problems, confusion, feelings of inadequacy, that doesn't matter to God. He wants us to show up.
Will you "show up" for the kids in Haiti in two ways today?
- Click on that button up on the top of the page and show our staff in Haiti that we support the fact that they are "showing up" every day by means of whatever you can donate. Even when they don't feel adequate, even when they feel exhausted, even when they are scared. (Aren't we all at times?) Show them that you "show up" with them by giving them the resources they need.
- Pray that God will open the eyes, the hearts and the checkbooks of others as well so that the children at GLA can be cared for well and our staff can "show up" with the confidence of knowing that we are "showing up" with them.
It's scary, it's hard, we've all got problems, we all struggle, we all make mistakes, but God asks us all to "show up" - in spite of those issues.
Will you "show up" for the kids at GLA today?
Thank you in advance,
P.S. Jeff Goins, Lisa Qualls, Jen Hatmaker, Kristen Howerton, Tara Livesay, Glennon Melton all deserve mention as some of the writers who have been "pushing" the "showing up" concept into my brain lately. Thank you all, apologies for not providing links - Google them if you want to know more.
Posted on Wed, February 26, 2014
by Tom Vanderwell filed under