Missional activities involve all sorts of people doing all sorts of things.
We have different personalities and skill sets… extrovert or introvert, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, organised or fluid. Whether we prefer people or tasks, being or doing - if we follow Jesus, we’re called to play our different parts in reaching out to people with God’s love and truth. However, despite the dreaming, planning, budgeting, mobilising, arranging and evaluating, there is one other thing we need to do… make it personal.
Have you seen the 1998 rom-com movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? It tells the story of 2 people in an online romance, unaware they’re also business rivals. Meg runs her small family owned children’s bookshop. Tom is setting up a local branch of his mega-huge bookshop chain. As Meg faces losing her business, a profound exchange of ideas takes place:
Tom: ‘It's not personal, it's business.’
Meg: ‘What is that supposed to mean? It wasn't personal to you. But it was personal to me. And what's so wrong with being personal?’
Tom: ‘Uh, nothing.’
Meg: ‘Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.’
It’s the same with mission. Whatever else mission is, it ought to begin by being personal - loving, listening and talking with people.
Let’s make it personal this week.