Sunday, July 15, 2012

Servant Leadership and Story

     I am just coming out of a week of hosting for a Lead 222 short-term ministry trip, a 'mission trip' experience, combined with leadership training. After a week of arriving at the church at 6:45am each morning, I was glad to sleep in til 10:20 this morning.
     The theme of the week (the same as every Lead 222 trip this summer) was "Live Differently". The students, from Jr. High through High School, were encouraged to live differently in a way that reflects the glory of Christ. On Friday, I had an interesting conversation with two of the students as we worked. We had a long conversation about video games, the real life things that they simulate, and whether they can be harmful. I came out of the conversation with a similar question that has risen in many of my thoughts lately: what if our lives were lived in such a way that we didn't need to simulate things like adventure, creativity, collaboration, creation, relationships, story? What if we didn't need video games to give us a sense of having created something, given us a sense of accomplishment without any actual work involved? What if we were so intentional about spending time with the people we care for (and the people we don't) that we didn't need facebook or texting for our conversations? What if we were so busy living a story that we didn't need to, or have time to spend hours in front of the computer or the television?

What if your life was a story so interesting that you didn't need to live vicariously through stories and adventures of video games, facebook, pinterest, or the television?

What if our lives were stories that magnified the glorious radiance of our King?

I don't know about you, but I want to live differently in that way.

Students worshipping at the evening session.


  1. Great post. Videogames especially can be used as a form of escapism. We should have a sense purpose so great that we do not need entertainment to derive some shallow feeling of accomplishment or meaning from.

    That being said, it's important to note that stories themselves should not be overlooked, whatever form they are in--books, movies, tv shows, or even videogames, although videogames with worthwhile stories are practically non-existent today. Jesus told stories to teach people things. He recognized that stories can change people in ways that mere words cannot. That's part of the reason why I feel called to become a film-maker, because I feel that God wants me tell stories that will draw people closer to Him, even in small ways. A story used as an escape is wrong, but a story used to grow can enrich your own life story and further God's purpose for you.

    1. Thanks for commenting!
      I totally agree. I think that in many cases, stories can help us to learn or realize things that non-fiction (such as a book, a sermon, or someone just telling us straight out) wouldn't be able to get across. Stories have really strong redemptive power, but i think in our culture, we too often use stories as an escape route, in order to avoid living actual stories. If you watch a movie, the people who are in the movie don't have time to sit in front of the computer, or sit around watching TV, and they rarely are sitting around playing video games. The story that they are living doesn't leave that kind of space, I feel. And though there isn't anything wrong with daily routines, i desire to live a story that goes beyond that.

    2. I think you're absolutely right. Escapism is a really a pretty big issue that's overlooked way too often as being relatively harmless.



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