Have You Seen? {October 15, 2017}

Welcome to Have You Seen? We’ll review last week and share other posts from around the web. Enjoy rest and renewal while you cozy up for some soul-food reading.

Last Week’s Theme: Risk

Risk vs. Suffering vs. Danger {Book Club} by Amy Young—”We have talked before about the pedestal many put cross-cultural workers on. We have also talked about the ways we can rank cross-cultural workers. ‘Some cross-cultural workers have a misperception that pursuing risk is the highest calling, a demonstration of faith, and so they are motivated to pursue it. Very often, however, the motivations behind a person’s behavior have a significant impact on how the behavior will affect that person or someone else.'”

A Risky Business by Joy Smalley—”Cross-cultural workers are quite good at taking risk. It is part of what draws many of us to the field. We view risk as a necessity in reaching people with the good news and it energizes us. We surround ourselves with the biographies of Jim Elliot, Adoniram Judson, David Livingstone, Hudson Taylor, Gladys Alward, and more. We memorize quotes from our heroes and bible verses to strengthen our resolve to take risk.”

When Risk Knocks on Your Front Door by Kaylee Kelm—”For any cross-cultural worker, the first risk we face is choosing to move into the unknown. As we disembark from the flight which carried us to our destination, we walk into a place foreign to us and hear a language we are unfamiliar with. Each day we face the unspoken question: Are we willing to trust our Father when risk is knocking on our front door?”

When a Risk Becomes a Reality {The Grove: Risk} by Laura Bowling—”We are risk-takers. Whether we describe ourselves in those words or not, the reality is we are. We board planes to foreign countries. We wade through immigration paperwork. We live in remote villages and bustling cities. We learn new languages and vocabulary. For us this is normal. So normal, in fact, that we can forget the supposed risks we take.”

From Around the Web

Unhelpful Things People Say In Risk 

7 Signs You Need a Sabbath Break

When You’re Sure God Loves Ann Voskamp More Than He Loves You

Life Lessons from Haircuts Around the World

Harbors Help College-Age TCKs Cut Through Cultural Confusion 

Finally, When Your Roots Get Pulled Up

And Now for Next Week

The theme is ….

I (Amy) have fond memories of my elementary school custodian. He loved to joke around with us kids during lunch. It is only now, as I look back that those lunches were probably the highlight of his day. Being the custodian of the school meant that he worked behind the scenes. He cleaned up after messes. He emptied trashcans after school. He got to school early on winter mornings to shovel the sidewalks.

We tend to use the word “stewardship” in Christian circles more than “custodian.” It sounds cleaner, more refined, doesn’t it?

What does it mean to be a custodian when it comes to your ministry? Your calling? Your family? Your experiences? Your education, wealth, other blessings? Even struggles?

We invite you to join in the discussion this week. Show us on Instagram what you are the custodian of—use #VelvetAshesCustodian. Bring your blog posts to the Grove.

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