Today we stayed in all day. We did what we call “computer work.” It’s the thing that seems to be completely contraindicative to “being a missionary” which we aren’t really sure we are anyway, yet seems to be absolutely mandatory for the other thing we call “starting an organization.” I wonder how long we get to use the verb “starting” and when we’ll switch to the more definitive “running” to describe whatever it is we’re doing here.
Sometimes it just feels confusing like that. Where oh, oh where, do we draw the line between intentional, proactive networking, and borderline begging for people to pay attention?
You know it's bad when the day's most exciting photo is:
Cooking During a Power Outage
We wrote facebook statuses, made changes to the website, and Jenn even tried her hand at Twitter. We replied to emails, messaged friends, and contacted the people participating in our fundraisers. We skyped with a potential “partner” and read blogs with titles like How to Get More ‘Likes’ on Facebook. We watched the winds come, the leaves fall, the sky change, the rain pour. And we were still inside when the whole cycle repeated itself. Hashtag, fun.
And if you don’t have a clear enough picture of our day I’m offering a sneak peak at Jenn’s most recent online searches.
Yolo (You Only Live Once, we hear that’s a popular thing to say these days)
Facebook group post ideas
How to kill germs on meat (…dinner)
Becoming a nutritionist online (I’m interested…)
Tarantulas (There a medium sized one taking respite from the rain just inside our doorway…estimating its degree of poisonousness perhaps?)
Sometimes at the end of a day like today you wonder the value of it all. Most of it is quite necessary actually. Those helping us would feel quite abandoned if we never dropped them an email to check in. And you don’t want your web visitors to stumble across out-of-date information. Total, internet faux pas. And the attainment of funds never ceases to vie for our attention. But might God possibly do just as much with a ministry that has only 200 followers as one that has thousands? The answer is of course yes. His resources are endless, His ways are mysterious, and His plans are marvelous. So maybe the answer to this paradoxical dilemma is to pray more, listen more, and practice a few moments of Be still before that to-do list becomes 10 hours long.
The reality is that He put the vision in our hearts. It’s his ministry and He has all power in heaven and on earth to make it happen how and when he wants. Phew… that takes the pressure off a little bit.
I'll go tell Jenn she can give this Twitter business a rest. :)
“And you can be sure that God will take care of everything you need , his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 (The Message)
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Psalm 46:10