Wow, how is this summer already over? What a journey it has been! I have learned so much about who God is and His burning desire for justice. I first had to better understand what justice is before I could become an agent of it. Justice is a theme found all throughout Scripture that portrays the Lord’s heart and vision for His people. Micah 6:8 says to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Three simple commands, yet we still struggle to live this out.
Justice is not only the act of doing what is right; justice is having the courage to step into what is wrong in this world and making it right again. I have the authority to bind things that are not righteous and just as well as the authority to loose those that are. Whatever is for the Kingdom, can be loosed. If it does not belong in the Kingdom, I must bind it. If I see an injustice, I must do something about it.
I have learned that God sent His Son to earth, he did not send money. God didn’t say that money would fix the world’s problems. He didn’t hand over money to find solutions to the injustices of the world. He sent His Son. We are called to be like Jesus. I can step into the mess of the world, build relationships with people, seek justice, and experience transformation. I can use the gifts and talents that God has imparted to me to help impact the injustices all across the globe. Money and development cannot fix injustices, but loving people and living righteously alongside of them can.
My passion is to see others find their God-given calling and purpose. I come alive when I see someone pursue what they were made for. I believe that God has given us each unique passions and desires and we should live into those. I love seeing dreams come alive. I want those who have never dreamt to start dreaming. I desire to see those dreams come to fruition. I believe that God put such desires in our hearts to not just sit there but to push us to do what we were made for. Whatever makes you come alive, what makes you tick, the thing that you love most, your hearts deepest desire is your passion! And that, I believe, is your purpose in this life. It is what you have to offer to this world!!
Frederick Buechner once said that my vocation is where my passions and the world’s deepest hunger meet. WOW! I see a world that is lacking purpose. We live mundane lives with no meaning. We go to work because the world says we need to. We sit in hours of business meetings, hating every minute of it. We live paycheck to paycheck. We indulge in the money that we do make. We don’t enjoy the work that we’re doing. Maybe we do enjoy the work we’re doing but it has a negative impact on others. We spend hours working while each minute goes by we aren’t truly living. We are counting down the minutes until its 5 pm. We can’t wait until Friday finally comes. We live for the weekend. Monday comes and we do it all over again. Where is the passion? Where is the purpose? What are we living for? I don’t want to just wake up and waste another day.
For me, living out my passion is living justly. This is stepping into the wrong and making it right again. If I can empower others to live out their passions and purpose, wouldn’t the world start to become a better place?
My big dream is to empower local people whether that be in Haiti, in Africa, or wherever God tells me. I believe that true transformation takes time. I want to spend much time in communities where people don’t even know how to dream because all they know is what is in front of them. I want to elicit dreams and see them lived out. I desire to see lives restored. I want to help others find their purpose and live into it. I believe that the cure for poverty and brokenness is a holistic approach. When someone knows their identity, their passion, their calling… they can then take action and live into that purpose. They see themselves as worthy and good. There is now a purpose to waking up and living each day. Once one finds their purpose, I believe each component of a human improves: socially, physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. It is a cycle. And it all starts with believing in someone. Taking the time to sit down and speak life into them.
Passions may include cars, people, farming, mentoring, missions, teaching, children, law, healthcare, music… the list goes on! Whatever it is, I believe we each have a passion inside of us. I want to encourage others to discover their passion and make a purpose from it. Wherever I do end up, I want to see the discovery of passions and then walk alongside them as they enter into it.
A world that is full of people with passion and a purpose is a world that injustice cannot live in. This is my greatest desire.
||ABOUT THE AUTHOR
McKenzie Warner – 2018 Immersion Intern