Mission is Complex?

August 26, 2010

Mission, missionality, missional–it all sounds very complex to so many people, doesn’t it?  But it doesn’t have to be, and in some ways it really shouldn’t.  The ironic thing is mission really is quite simple, even though we may find it difficult as an actual way of living.

Reading Hugh Halter and Matt Smay’s The Tangible Kingdom Primer today they share its simplicity:

Anyone would probably assume Hugh was a Russian spy if they didn’t know his life.  He just seems to always be around, moving the lawn or working aroudn the house at “strange” hours of the day.  He pops out at the most opportune times to lend a hand or engage in a conversation…When we see people outside, we go outside to talk.  When a block party invitation is given, we go, or we host one.  When the snows fall hard, we shovel everyone’s sidewalk.  When a neighbor’s child is in a school play or athletic event, we show up to support them.  We’re the ones that bake holiday cookies for co-workers and neighbors. (122-123)

Cookies?  Mowing the lawn?  Shoveling snow?  Simple.


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