Two thousand seventeen


Welcome to 2017.

I’m not so sure we’re all thrilled to be here, but we should be, and here’s why. What with Russia hacking, Trump tweeting, Congress bleating, the media screeching, and the church in large part running the other way, it looks to be a rather dangerous and unstable year. Some people are understandably afraid to even come out of their houses. But that makes it even more important for you and for me.

By participating in any way with the Catch Ministry — even if it’s just reading and following the Catches — you are saying you do not want to retreat from this crazy world. By choosing the Catch, you are saying you do not want to bury your head in the sand. You are saying that amidst all the mistrust, the hatred, and the lack of desire or ability on anyone’s part to get into anybody else’s shoes but their own, you are willing to risk. You are willing to identify. You are willing to stand in someone else’s shoes and find out what the world looks like from other eyes. You are willing to crawl outside of yourself and have a heart that beats for someone other than you — a heart that beats for justice, for truth, and for the love of those who are different.

By choosing the Catch, you are saying that grace is not just for you; grace is for the whole planet. Grace is for those who know better and those who don’t know better. Grace is for the good people and the bad people. Grace is for those who like you and those who don’t. Grace is for your friends and your enemies.

That’s because it’s Grace Turned Outward; indeed, there is no other kind of grace. There is no grace that isn’t turned outward; Grace Turned Outward is the only grace there is. The buck may stop here (and it probably should), but Grace never stops here. Grace doesn’t even stay for a while. It expands on out to others. It’s only here long enough to motivate us to get out of ourselves, because that’s what it is. It is Grace Turned Outward.

It’s 2017, and it’s scary, but you are not running away; you are running into the world. Why? Because God is here and He needs you. He wants your boots on the ground where you are. You are His ambassadors — Ambassadors of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20). When everything else is coming apart, we are coming together and putting people together with God.  And boy, are we needed.

Welcome to 2017. Welcome to a world that is waiting for you.

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2 Responses to Two thousand seventeen

  1. hahimes says:

    Amen! Grace for all. Grace for each of us. Love and caring, acceptance & understanding, listening & supporting – so much more important & needed than judging. ……You articulate this truth, this gift, so well, John. Stirs my heart to keep risking going beyond its inclination to hide.

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