Learning to be all there…

October 12, 2010


During my growing up years I remember the narrative of Jim and Elizabeth Elliot’s heroic missionary story, marked as it was with tragedy in the Ecuadorian jungles of South America.  Upon graduating high school I read Jim Elliot’s journals and was struck by some of the insights of this very quotable man (You may have heard his most well known quote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.“)

This week I’ve been thinking over another of Elliot’s maxims: “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Kate and I have been living now for about a month in our neighborhood, and we’re slowly finding ways to be all there, ways to enflesh the gospel in our neighborhood.

Rather than catapulting us in to the stratosphere of theology and philosophy, let this be my first stab at offering a more practical approach.  It won’t be long, it might not be pretty and, as long as I keep learning how to be all there, it shouldn’t be my last practical help for how the Gospel can shape the everyday RHYTHMS we live in.

As we keep learning how to be all there…think about becoming active in your neighborhood association.

Learning to listen is by no means easy.  It takes work and because we don’t have all the answers, we must find ways and places to practice listening to the people and culture around us.  Neighborhood associations can be great places to learn the story, needs and hopes of your neighborhood.  Only as listeners can we really serve and learn.

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One Response to “Learning to be all there…”


  1. Great post.
    I knew Jim Elliot well, even lived with him and his family when I was a small boy.
    You may be interested in a new book of transcriptions of some of his spoken meessages before leaving for the mission field. (JIM ELLIOT: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You).
    May God bless you and you service for Him.


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