Drafting Blueprints, Part 3

Posted By on Dec 21, 2009 in Blueprints, FH Blogger Trips, The Things I Believe | 21 comments


This is the third post in my “Drafting Blueprints” series. The series is prompting me to think through what I want to do with my life as a first step for creating a life plan. I have already tackled getting married and getting fit.

So here we go, Part 3…I want to get my hands dirty.

Dirty Hands

It is easy for me to dream of changing the world from the comfort of my living room couch but I lately I have felt called to do more. I want to go to the ends of the earth. And I want to get my hands a little dirty.

Last week at Cross Point, Pete Wilson was preaching about LOVE as a part of our Advent series “Rhythm.” He reminded us that we are called as Christians to love our “neighbor.” (And as inconvenient as it might be our “neighbors” are not just those who are in close proximity to us or those that we find easy to love.)  He said, “we can’t love like Jesus if we are living in a chronic hurry.” (Ouch. I realized later that maybe I live in a chronic hurry so I don’t HAVE TIME to love like Jesus. Double ouch.) He concluded by encouraging us to “schedule time to love on others.”

So that’s what I’m going to do. In 2010, I am going to commit time to love on others, both in my community and across the world.

I have NO IDEA what this is going to look like. This goal still needs to be fleshed out A LOT. I only know that it has been too long since I have gone on a “mission’s trip.” And even though I am fervently hoping that Africa is in my future, I need to see where I am led.

“My faith demands -this is not optional-my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I can, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.”

Jimmy Carter as quoted in The Hole in Our Gospel

Do you have plans to get your hands dirty in 2010? Have you read The Hole in Our Gospel yet? Did it leave you wanting to love your “neighbor” differently? (If not, you should put it at the top of your Christmas list. Take my word for it, top of your Christmas list.)

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonWert JasonWert

    GOOD FOR YOU! Wow..this is an exciting post to read. I've been feeling the same kind of feelings within me toward being more in the trenches in 2010 and beyond. I'm really thinking I'm going to get involved in the war against human trafficking and trying to save women who've been forced into it.

    If somehow I can help you with whatever you end up doing, let me know.
    My recent post All I Want For Christmas Is To Stop Being Raped

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    Going without getting dirty for the last couple of months now has led me to make this commitment as well.
    Thanks for the reminder
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  • Mary

    I think this is a great goal! I have The Hole in our Gospel from the TN BRB program, and I've been avoiding it for months now. NOT because I don't think it will be awesome, but because I KNOW it's going to change my heart in a big way. And that scares me…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @mary You need to read it. It will hurt but it is a good hurt. I promise.

  • http://twitter.com/kevindeshazo @kevindeshazo

    Love this. Haven't read the book, but our pastor taught over passage of The Good Samaritan a few weeks ago. I've heard/read it who knows how many times, but this time it worked me over. I can't just sit back and be comfortable in my life and faith. I love hearing people across the country in the same boat. Makes the task – whatever that task ends up looking like – seem not so impossible. Like we are all part of some crazy huge story.

  • http://brandiandboys.wordpress.com brandiandboys

    love "hole in our gospel" too!

    and just a side note that will make you laugh… pete pulled the "she's got a soul" line on me saturday when i was unruly to the cashier at toys r us!!! :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @brandiandboys That is so funny. I have been wondering all day if the mouse that got squashed by Wes Howard had a soul?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

    So… am I putting this together right? You want to get fit so you can get married with dirty hands?
    :-)

    I'm reading The Hole in Our Gospel, but slowly to try to fully take it in!

    I'm dragging my family out to the Philippines to get our hands dirty this year… you're welcome to come with us!
    My recent post I’m Guest Posting Today

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Peter_P Peter_P

    So… am I putting this together right? You want to get fit so you can get married with dirty hands?
    :-)

    I'm reading The Hole in Our Gospel, but slowly to try to fully take it in!

    I'm dragging my family out to the Philippines to get our hands dirty this year… you're welcome to come with us!
    My recent post I’m Guest Posting Today

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Peter Yes. Just wait there is more to come. Not only sporty, married, and dirty….

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cindy_Graves Cindy_Graves

    Yes. Yes. And yes.

    I love getting my hands dirty. Nothing soothes the soul like that kind of investment.

    I have read The Hole in Our Gospel and I recomend it every chance I get.

    It did spark a flame inside me to get up off my *ahem* sofa and stop saying, "Someday…"

    Loving your Blueprints.

  • http://bahava.wordpress.com Katy

    Definitely need to add The Hole in Our Gospel to my “to read” pile! Love the quote and definitely going to be trying to live out the getting my hands dirty “wherever” part regardless of how long I’ll be wherever!
    p.s. Africa is amazing…though, it totally steals your heart :)

  • http://insidemydays.blogspot.com jbussell

    Great post Lindsey. Hole in Our Gospel may have been the best book I read in 2009. I definitle made me think about wealth, wants, and needs in an entirely different light. I signed up last week to go to Africa on a mission trip in Feb. We will be engaging an unreached people group0i am so excited.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jeremybarr Jeremy Barr

    Someone after my own heart! This has been my push for the last 6 months. I'm trying to decide between working with the homeless, sex trafficking, or abuse. I'm still looking for something big to get involved in as well as the small stuff I'm doing now. If you hear of any good ones, you'll have to pass on the knowledge.

    It's always inspiring to hear someone else decide they want to get their hands dirty and make a difference. Awesome!
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  • http://pathfromtheheadtotheheart.wordpress.com Chrystie

    I love this, Lindsey. It is a deep desire of mine, too. I want to be the hands and feet… I want to be used. I want to pour myself out. I want my whole life to be about loving God and loving, encouraging, and inspiring others. So often, I find myself wanting to do this in grand ways and overlooking the small ways that are right in front of me everyday.

    Everyday we have an opportunity to show another the love of Christ. It is in a genuine smile and conversation with the check-out clerk. It is in graciousness with the waitress who is running ragged and forgotten your tea refill for the 3rd time. It is in holding the door for others, lending a helping hand to a stranger, or offering to babysit for a mother who is worn and weary. There is an endless supply of people who needed to be loved on in big and small ways.

    It may be self-centered or arrogant of me…not sure…but I want to live a life that makes an impact on the lives of those near and far. Thanks for the post!
    My recent post Let Me Be Weak

  • http://pathfromtheheadtotheheart.wordpress.com Chrystie

    I love this, Lindsey. It is a deep desire of mine, too. I want to be the hands and feet… I want to be used. I want to pour myself out. I want my whole life to be about loving God and loving, encouraging, and inspiring others. So often, I find myself wanting to do this in grand ways and overlooking the small ways that are right in front of me everyday.

    Everyday we have an opportunity to show another the love of Christ. It is in a genuine smile and conversation with the check-out clerk. It is in graciousness with the waitress who is running ragged and forgotten your tea refill for the 3rd time. It is in holding the door for others, lending a helping hand to a stranger, or offering to babysit for a mother who is worn and weary. There is an endless supply of people who needed to be loved on in big and small ways.

    It may be self-centered or arrogant of me…not sure…but I want to live a life that makes an impact on the lives of those near and far. Thanks for the post!
    My recent post Let Me Be Weak

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jcatron jcatron

    I love your goals! Can't wait to see where God leads you this year!
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  • Annie

    If you are looking for something locally and are not involved already, I would highly recommend signing up for a lunch buddy through Preston Taylor Ministries. I signed up for the program several weeks ago and cannot believe it took me so long to make the leap. I was afraid of the commitment, but I feel as if my lunch buddy and his family are blessing me far more than what I can ever do for them. It's a great way to ease into "getting your hands dirty".

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      @Annie I have several friends who do the Lunch Buddy thing and love it. Maybe I will explore it?

      • Annie

        I saw Jaheem yesterday at the after school program and he drew a bunch of pictures for you! So, so glad you did this! I just love those kids!

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/daveanthold daveanthold

    I think it is great that you are looking to "get your hands dirty" this year. I have traveled to Russia & a few other places & it breaks my heart to leave the people when I do have to leave. Friendships develop & you always say you will keep in touch, but alas, life gets in the way. After reading "Hole in the Gospel", I wanted to figure out a way to help those whom I came into contact with every day. Sometimes its lunch. Sometimes its coffee, but most of the time its just a listening ear. It may not be super dirty, but I think some people just want need to get some things off their hearts. If I can help that way. Great. Enjoy "getting your hands dirty" in Africa or in Nashville.
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