I was still thinking about my trip to Rwanda so I went over to the Global Family Rescue blog and read Melody’s most recent post , I Guess I’m Really In Africa. It’s funny but scary; she tells how yesterday her boys found a deadly green mamba in the front yard. Yikes! That doesn’t really make me want to live in Africa, but it didn’t influence my response to what I have been thinking lately – and that is this: I am in the right spot at the right time for right now. I belong in Chicago.
Every time I take a trip to a new place or go visit a new church plant – whether it is Kigali, Rwanda or New York City I find myself wondering, “maybe I should live and serve here.” As those questions came flooding into my mind, the response came like an outgoing tide, “You belong right where you are”. Why do I belong here?
- God has me in a place that fits my gift mix – Leading Community Christian Church and NewThing totally fit who I am. I’m a spiritual entrepreneur with a love for leading and starting new stuff that “helps people find their way back to God”. I can best leverage who I am for right now by being right here.
- “Dave, without CCC, there is no GFR” – That was one of the last things that Ben Pahlow, President of GFR said to me before I left Rwanda. He was talking about CCC’s ongoing challenge to every person to be on mission with God and to ask, “What next God?” He was talking about the $400k-$500k that CCC attenders will give to GFR families in Rwanda over the next 3 years. I need to be influencing people with influence right here.
- Chicago is my hometown – I grew up in the Chicago area. I love Chicago (the White Sox part, not the Cub part). I fit in Chicago. I connect with people from Chicago. And Chicago is one of the most influential cities in the most influential country in the world. I need to be right here, right now.
If God wants to me go, I will go! But until God has a better place for me I am in the right spot at the right time for right now. And it has nothing to do with snakes.