Thursdays mark a new rhythm on my blog for weekly thoughts and vignettes on living faith in today’s world.
I had the privilege of participating in a unique event in my city called ‘Storytellers YYC’. In a micro TEDTalk format, presenters from the nonprofit, faith, business, and art world come together to explore a particular question. The question this evening was, “Who am I?” This was my contribution.
I think I know who I am….
I mean if you look at the credentials it would read something like, “Rev. Rohadi BA Econ. M Div.” I sit on a number of boards, one is a governance board for an NGO tasked with ending human trafficking in our province. I love to write and I’m working on completing a nonfiction book on church innovation. I recently completed an adult coloring book that’s beautiful. I started a church seven years ago, and I’ve always been an entrepreneur. In fact, in my adult life I’ve never worked a 9-to-5 job. That’s not because I’m unemployable, rather I’ve always worked for myself, and I’ve done really well at it too. Which is something really neat to say in your 20s, “I’ve done really well for myself,” or, “I made it happen for MYSELF.”
But I started to realize I was missing something: not something more, but something deeper.
Being in a room full of innovators, dreamers, idea makers, artists, musicians, pioneers, mavericks, difference makers, is really neat because if there’s a set of people who should know a particular thing it’s us: we know how to take dreams and make them real. Not everybody can do that. It’s really hard to turn ideas into reality. In case you don’t think you’re one of the people who can dream of something better let me put that thinking to the test.
The test is one question, “what would you do if you won the lottery?”
In a matter of seconds your mind will race to the debts you will pay off, the house you will buy, the vacations, the cars. If I let you go a little longer you will eventually reach a point where you might be helping other people too. We are all capable of dreaming of better.
I think our dreams are connected to our own stories and we all share the same longings for our stories. Ultimately, we all want to be a somebody–we all want to matter in our own stories.
These dreams also take one of two paths: they can be just about myself, or they can be stories bent on making the world in your world a better place.
The dream for your self is not necessarily a bad thing, but I do think it’s a dead end (or rather it has no end). The alternative admittedly sounds trite and cliche, but I think it’s real and attainable for the sole reason that within making the world in your world better, is a place where we live out fundamental longings of what makes us human.
These longings I think come in four pieces and are: love, justice, beauty and hope.
It means to the world in our world can we glimpse justice in places where there is injustice, righting wrongs in our midst? It’s asking can we bring hope to the hopeless? Can we repair and restore what’s been broken in the world in our world and glimpse beauty? And ultimately, can we love deeper in the one moment, act, and choice, to the world in our world?
How are you doing living out the longings of the human soul to go deeper and make the world in your world a better place?
It’s in this place where you’ll find your WHO.