13 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Creating Culture With Talent And Passion

One of the books I read recently that had a big impact was Culture Making by Andy Crouch.  One of the big ideas of the book…the only way to change culture is to create new culture.

A few weeks ago I caught this story on Sunday Morning on CBS as I was on my way out the door.
Take 3 minutes to hear about how Brent Green of L.A. created culture in his neighborhood.
I found it pretty fascinating and inspiring.

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…Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
-Jeremiah 29:7

I love the part of the video where he talks about how much he loves his city and wanted to give back.
I found that it was somewhat difficult to fully wrap my brain around the best ways to create and cultivate culture.  This is a perfect example.
A lot of churches and Christ followers like to get out and do our one day service project and go to sleep feeling good about ourselves.  But imagine if we used the talents we had on a regular basis to really bless our city with no strings attached.  Who woulda thought that a passion for plants and landscaping coupled with a little bit of vision and a heart of generosity could bring a neighborhood together and reduce crime.

So what do you have to offer to the community you live in?
How can you use your passions to start meeting your neighbors and bettering your city?
Perhaps starting there could be a lot more effective in the long run than a lot of our “outreaches” and crusades.
Just a thought.

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