Was sitting at the local St. Arbucks today enjoying a great cup of coffee and reading Tony Jones' The New Christians [if you haven't bought it, stop reading this post now and purchase it here] when one of the baristas that I've gotten to know over the last few months sits down with me on his break.
He recently graduated from the local University and is currently hanging around in the area working for Starbucks and investing heavily in his church. We talked about the usually post-graduation stuff like what he's going to do and where he might want to do it, when he talked about wanting to be in the center of God's will for his life.
I've always wondered where the center of God's will is, what it looks like, and why people feel as though its so narrow. Somtimes I get the feeling that people are so afraid to act because if they don't "hear" from God directly and correctly, they might miss "God's Best" for them, another phrase that has puzzled me frankly. I always was under the impression that God had already given us God's best in the gift of his son Jesus.
Maybe I'm just mincing words, but sometimes I wonder if people in the Beloved Community called the church simply embrace their own fears, anxieties or apathy by spending more time waiting for the "center of God's will" instead of joining God in what God is already doing in the world. It seems to me that the "center of God's will" seems to anywhere and anytime we as God's followers join in the mission of God in the world by living the Kingdom in Hope in front of a world that by and large feels hopeless; by loving the unloved, and clothing the poor and naked and advocating for the marginalized, and living into our role as God's image bearers.