Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I have been thinking about agendas today and came to the conclusion that everyone has them. There is nothing the matter with agendas, what I don't like is hidden agendas.
People have agendas to raise their kids well, to earn money, to become famous, to become comfortable, to travel, to promote their event, to be happy, etc.
There are many organisations that have agendas some are clear some are a more hidden, I even think that some are deliberatley a little blurry.
Religious organisations have agendas, something to promote, a way of life to suggest. Most christian organisations have agendas so do islamic groups and other religions.
It made me think about the agenda we have for the work of 24-7ibiza, what is our agenda?
Well this is what I have been thinking about all day. Primarily it is to be like Jesus and in trying to live our lives in such a way that we reflect his teachings. Thats why I like the term "Follower of Jesus" more than "Christian". The word christian has so much baggage attached to it and maybe by how we live an act here as followers of Jesus we will help to change peoples impressions of christians. That would also be on my agenda, that the people we meet in the west end and other places would view christians in a better light after they had met or been helped by us. I see a lot of what we do as taking people a step closer to understanding the christian faith, seeing that it is about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Hopefully by what we do, how we help and serve, people will see that this is how a follower of Jesus should be, maybe they would want to explore the possibility of walking down that path after they have encountered us, I'm happy with that agenda.
Of course I don't have all these wonderful qualities in abundant measure but I am trying. A few other things that I feel have to be on the christian agenda stuff that we mustn't shy away from: "Imperfection" "Weakness" "Questions" "Tolerance" and "Honesty"
We are not perfect and if we have an agenda that aims to present ourselves as perfect everyone will see through and no one will want it because it is a standard none of us can achieve.