Friday, February 24, 2006

Mission vs Friends

Quite a few times over the past couple of weeks I've been faced with the tough call between hanging out in the missional contexts to which I feel called, and hanging out with some of my closer friends.

It's a prick, cos I obviously really love hanging with my crew of mates, but then I remind myself of the call to live incarnationally, to spend time with those I'm called to connect with, which is often harder and not as fun, or in the case of certain quality Christian events-not as spiritually encouraging.

I know thats meant to be the hard slog of the missional life and what not, but its just hard when there seems to be no tangible progress... which is another issuer in itself!

8 comments:

andrew said...

This is a really imporatant issue digger and I wonder how you have been dealing with it since this post. Would love to hear any more comments you may have. My struggle is always with time allocation in this area. More time with one person means less time with another. I think the issue is even more complicated when you introduce children/family into the equation.

Garth said...

I am actually surprised to hear this.

My own peronal evolution of being emergent has meant that hanging with my closest friends is missional context. So I do not see two worlds..ie: church and non christian friends....they blended once I left the structured church and its not like I have to wait or look for missional opportunities with them but later chose to go back to my other friend world. Its simply about doing life together and the deep important stuff gets discussed as a consequence of being close friends. In fact those times are valued by both parties.

A certain mate of mine will notice our conversation getting spiritual or 'heavy' for blokes and then comment, "I think this is beer conversation" and chuckle and we then make a time to catch up over that issue in our lives with a beer and give it space.

Perhaps introduce both your groups of friends into the same occasions and see what happens.

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