Compelled to do something…

20 Oct

Blog post by Nathan L., Team Ethiopia 2011

I am making this trip because I am compelled to do something. I have lived most of my life with tunnel vision – thinking, doing, and saying the things that benefit me and my family.  This tunnel vision extended to my Christian life as I have lived as if Christianity was all about me. I was comfortable and choosing to ignore the fact that my entire has life has been blessed beyond belief.  I have never known hunger, I have never know homelessness, I have never known poverty – I have never known anything other than having more than enough of anything I wanted or needed.  To make matters worse, despite the fact that I have always been incredibly blessed, because our perspective is skewed by the culture we live I have always thought of myself of being less than rich because I didn’t make as much money, or take the same kind of vacations, or drive the same kind of car someone else might have.

I have spent the last 13 years chasing my dream of being the best basketball coach I can be and this has dominated my thoughts and my actions. All along I have had a nagging sense that something was missing – a constant question of “Is this all there is?” after the euphoria of a big win or great season wore off.

For over a year God has been breaking down my defenses and opening my eyes.  He has been making me aware of the incredible blessings I have and the incredible responsibility that I have as a Christian.  After reading the book Radical by David Platt, I was forced to confront this essential question – Do I believe what the Bible says?  And if I do, what changes in my life are required? Through a series of circumstances that had to be orchestrated by God, I came to a point in my life where a change of direction was required. I was faced with a decision and for the first time in my life I choose to say to God “I will do whatever you want me to do” instead of following my plan and trying to climb to the next rung of the ladder as quickly as possible.  So here I am in the midst of a one year sabbatical from coaching basketball – for the first time in 25 years my life does not revolve around a basketball schedule.  I am determined to use this year to know God better than I have ever known him before and to hear him speak to me about how he wants me to use my time, my talent, and my treasure to bring glory to him.  I can’ t think of a better next step on my journey to know God than to spend two weeks as part of a team acting as his servants among the “least of these.”

Nathan L. will be serving on the Ethiopia Journey 117 Team leaving in December 2011.

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