If you read Radical with us (or without us) and made it to the end, you’re familiar with the “Radical Experiment.” Author David Platt encourages those who are serious about taking back their faith from the American Dream to commit to five specific things for one whole year.
1.) Pray for the entire world. 2.) Read through the entire Word. 3.) Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose. 4.) Spend your time in another context. 5.) Commit your life to a multiplying community.
Why am I bringing all this up again? Because a few hours after I wrote this post, I had a revelation. I’m going to sit on it a little, pray about it some more, but I feel pretty darn sure God gave it to me.
This afternoon as I was thinking through what I’m most most MOST passionate about, it hit me. It ALL fits under those 5 categories. (Well, when I told Gabe, he said, “what about your writing?” And I stared at him for a few seconds and then said, “I know how I can make it fit.” See #3 below.)
I promised a 400-word post today, so SHOW ON THE ROAD.
1. Pray for the entire world.
Before they go to bed, the girls and I pray for 1-2 countries using this book as a guide. We also find the countries on the globe, so as a bonus, I’m working toward my lifelong goal of knowing where everything is in the world. So far, we’ve prayed for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, and Antigua and Barbuda.
We also each pray for a kiddo in our orphanage in Cambodia and some of our other friends over there.
And since my friends (online and off) and family are part of the world, I’m praying more for them too.
2.) Read through the entire Word.
I made it 90% of the way through my pocket-sized ESV Bible last year, so I’m finishing that up in January, and then reading The Message Bible. Right now I’m reading a book called The Invitation by Eugene Peterson which basically gives an overview of the whole Bible and then book by book (which you can actually find IN the Message Bible).
I’m also memorizing 2 verses a month with 6,000+ other women on Beth Moore’s blog. All 24 verses are going to be about caring for the poor.
And Gabe is reading through the Bible this year on his phone. And the girls are reading too. Even Nina.
3.) Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.
Here’s where the writing comes in. I haven’t had a book published in two years. That wasn’t my plan, but it sure as heck didn’t surprise God any. I have two book projects I’m working on right this minute. I’m very, very excited about them.
And since God and I made a deal about where any money I make would go, a book contract would mean getting to Cambodia that much faster. Faster than selling Scrabble magnets, that’s for sure.
My new motto: I write books to support my missions habit.
4.) Spend your time in another context.
I won’t belabor this point. I want to take my family to Cambodia this summer. Anything that helps make this a reality fits here.
5.) Commit your life to a multiplying community.
I’ve mentioned that Gabe and I (and the girls) are helping our friends Rich and Shalla as they plant a multi-ethnic church just a few minutes down the street from us. I have lots more to say about this, but I LOVE how the timing of this coincided with me reading Radical. We’ve only had three services so far (we’re meeting once a month for a few months and going to our old church the rest of the time), but we’ve gotten more involved in our city/community in these three months than we have in the four years we’ve lived here.
Shoot. 650 words. Forgive me?
Like I said, I’m going to sit on this a bit, pray about it, stuff like that. And I realize that I didn’t specifically address investing in key relationships like my husband, kiddos, extended family, and friends, so I’ll work on that. But I also know that my family is 100% involved in each one of these 5 things with me. And #5 encompasses all my local peeps. And I’ll find a place for all of you too.
And now I’m rambling. Thanks for being so awesome! And really, just putting up with me in general. Have a great weekend!