Have you noticed that “can’t” is rarely spoken around FCC. I have much more experience with folks being positioned with a positive “can do” attitude and response, and I believe there are some good reasons for that. Here is why:
I believe we are truly living into God’s calling as people of hope. We believe that if God is asking us to do something, change something, learn something we go for it. We are not afraid to walk through the “open door” of opportunity and see what is on the other side. We know we will never go alone, and that if we ask for help we will get it. How reassuring is that!
I also believe that we are creative people, or problem solvers with creative tools between us. I was talking to Nina Johnson of FCC last week about our Congo Kids sponsorship opportunities and she said:
“Last week our Monday evening Women's Bible Study group (Small Connection Group) decided to get together and sponsor a child from the Congo. We made sure the choice to co-sponsor was completely voluntary, yet when we chose which month each gal would sponsor everyone gladly stepped up with their commitment. We made this choice for several reasons.
Finally, I believe that we are a “can do” people because we know that God is continually reinventing us as a community in this place. We love our roots in Jesus, and we should, but we are willing to let Him reimagine how those roots will bear new fruit for a new season. We are willing to look for new options and try new ways. We are not afraid to dream but rather we welcome dreams. Prayer is dreaming with God. I read this quote this week and it spoke to me of this “can do” spirit:
“ If you keep praying, you'll keep dreaming, and conversely, if you keep dreaming, you'll keep praying. Dreaming is a form of praying, and praying is a form of dreaming. The more you pray the bigger your dreams will become. And the bigger your dreams become the more you will have to pray. In that process of drawing ever-enlarging prayer circles, the sphere of God's glory is expanded.” -- Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker
I believe God has blessed us with the gift of His spirit among us and that spirit is cheering us on to all the good “can dos” that we get to do! Rejoice and be glad, YOU can!