I had the opportunity to go away for a day and hear Tony Campolo speak. It was a smaller group and the event was hosted by Leader Impact Group, an organization that was started (I believe) in Ontario by Paul Hendersen of “the goal heard round the world” fame. It originally started under another name, but has since merged and grown etc.
It was a timely set of talks and the discussion with the friend I went with was also very helpful. I personally struggle with the concept of living a life of significance. I also struggle with the degree to which music plays a part in the influence and impact that I have.
In the end there were a couple of themes that I am still dwelling on.
- As some form of a leader, what am I doing to influence my sphere intentionally and positively ?
- Am I doing anything to care for those outside of my sphere?
- He also affirmed that prioritizing family at this stage of life is healthy and precedented. Jesus did not start his ministry until he was about 30. Life expectancy back then was 41. Why did he wait so long to do that? His father died, and he had to take care of his family until his siblings could take over. The he hit it hard.
No doubt, Jesus was doing things towards his mission on earth increasingly as he headed for his “time”. His reluctance to really launch was seen in the story where he turned water into wine. At that point he said to his mom that His time had not yet come.
Part of life is balancing pushing forward in personal growth and maintaining and managing current realities well. Never easy or simple, always interesting.