“I just want to build water wells in Africa.”
I starred blankly at my roommate. He had always been idealistic; big visions, little payoff. I expected his newfound desire or “calling” to fizzle out in a week, a month tops. Two years later, I found myself meeting Derek Webb at a charity concert he had put together to kick off a campaign he had created to help raise money to help people get clean water.
My friend Henry is a force. He can take an idea and run with it. And he ran with the idea of getting people to wake up, see how much we have, and how much we can do with it, with little cost to our own comfort. And he shares the gospel while doing it.
I was talking to him on the phone this evening, hearing stories about traveling around, kicking off the 10 Days Campaign, which is taking place all across the country. College students and others are giving up beverages (save for water) for 10 days to raise money to help fix the water crisis. It is so surreal to think back to that initial conversation, how much doubt I had about what he could do, and to now see where he is, and what he is capable of. And I have no doubt that this is only the beginning.
I tell this story not to brag about how cool and socially conscious my friends are (although he is cool too), but as a confession. I don’t believe I am capable of much at all. In fact just today I felt the must incapable I have ever felt, while I served up coffee to someone, putting my college degree to no use. Where is my vision? Where is my passion? What am I doing?
But after I got of the phone with Henry, and pouted for a few minutes, I had an epiphany. Yes, Henry is doing great things for the Kingdom. He is meeting actual needs of people, and sharing the gospel with them and students here in the states. He is connecting privileged college students with thirsty families in other countries with the good news of Jesus. But more importantly, he is pointing to Jesus with his life, and God is using him.
Am I doing that with mine? Who am I worshiping? Who do I point to with my life? Success on a large scale or small scale only matters if in the end we are all making big the name of Jesus.
So, as a join in the water fast, I also reflect on my life. Do I want success for the worlds eyes or do I want to worship the Lord before men so that they may see Him and do the same?