Too Long for a Tweet
I am reading The Hole in Our Gospel right now. The book is written by Richard Stearns, the current president of World Vision. It is a book that we as a church at Kensington Community Church are reading and that I will be leading discussions on for the teenagers at Edge.
But that isn’t what I am writing about here.
In it, Stearns drops in one of my favorite books from another book I love, Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright. In this section, Wright is talking about the verse from 1 Corinthians 15:58–“Your labor is not in vain…” I leave you with his thoughts
“You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that is about to roll over a cliff. You are not restoring a great painting that’s shortly going to be thrown on the fire. You are not planting roses in a garden that’s about to be dug up for a building site. You are–strange though it may seem, almost as hard to believe as the resurrection itself–accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world. Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every mintue spent teaching a severly handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow nonhuman creatures; and of course every prayer, all spirit-led teaching, every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world–all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into new creation that God will one day make.”
If that doesn’t encourage you to be nicer to your waiters and waitresses, more cheerful at the DMV, kinder to your co-workers I don’t know what will.