Chilobe Kalambo just got married. You may have seen his story in the Houston Chronicle. His bachelor party took a strange turn and he ended up sitting under an overpass not far from downtown Houston. It wasn’t because the party went awry – the strange turn it took was all very planned by Kalambo himself. He’s out there on a regular basis trying to touch those who others deem untouchable. Here’s what it says in the story:
“Kalambo said he does not volunteer because it makes him feel good. He moved past that years ago. He does it because it is part of who he is.” http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6415732.html
A man, getting married the next day, gets his friends together and tracks down homeless living on the streets of Houston to give them dry socks, some clothes and a hug. That’s amazing. So, now I know what in the world he’s doing, the question is: What in the world am I doing?
The problem I have right now is I’m reading a book (Lost and Found by Ed Stetzer) that includes some interesting research. Seems people who are not connected to God and not involved in church don’t see Christiaqns as particularly effective in making a difference in the lives of those who need help the most. As I read the book, I realize my own story doesn’t sound anything like Kalambo’s. It’s not that I don’t do good things. As a pastor I give my energy to trying to help people know the joy and peace that comes from knowing Jesus – not a job to be minimized, at all, but you know, Kalambo has a full time job himself. What in the world am I doing?
I think my story needs a new chapter. I think it’s time to find my place in the world. It’s more than doing things that make people feel good, it’s about making a difference in people’s lives. I’ve done some of it before, but it’s about time to do it again. My hope is that in the near future you can ask me the question – “What in the world are you doing?” – and I’ll have an answer worth talking about.
If you want to know if this is really something we’re supposed to do as followers of Jesus, I invite you to read Luke 10:25-37.
Holy high five to you, Mike