What I’m For vs. What I’m Against
One of our clients is wrestling with how to enter the “pro-life movement” and how best to help with her foundation. It’s an area that is complicated, messy and controversial, and a subject not often talked about at a dinner party. Nevertheless a heart’s desire is emerging and a response will be created, partners selected and contributions made.
Matters of life most often land in conversations about choosing to give birth or abort, end of life care and quality of life for critically disabled people. Our research has been thorough for this friend and client and resulted in an amazing array of ways to proceed, but what principle will drive the choices that this client will make?
Here it is; focus on what you are for rather than what you are against.
Is Your Sense of Mission Connected to Your Heart’s Desire?
I am sometimes asked about the notion of following our heart’s desire to create a Generosity Gameplan. It seems self-centered and selfish to some people, since we’ve heard of a heart’s desire when referring to a physical longing like a new car or piece of property. But for men and women of faith, N.T. Wright in his book After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters helps us understand our heart’s desire when he says, “What are we here for in the first place? The fundamental answer… is that what we’re ‘here for’ is to become genuine human beings, reflecting the God in whose image we’re made, and doing so in worship on the one hand and in mission, in its full and large sense, on the other…” I’ve taken this a little out of context because Wright focuses on a relationship with …