Earlier this week, Nancy Davidge posted an entry in Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices blog. She references a radio interview with Andrea Campbell, a candidate in a hotly contended Boston City Council race. Campbell made her decision to run after reflecting deeply on her calling as a Christian.
It’s a bit sad that Campbell’s discernment process is newsworthy – but it is. All too often I catch myself thinking that politicians, lawyers, professional athletes – and any number of other “secular” vocations – would never recognize their primary calling: being all that God created them to be. Campbell made news when she described her thinking about running for office: “For months I said, ‘What is my God given purpose, what is my assignment?’ This run for city council is my response. I never made it about Councilor Yancy… It’s truly a calling in my heart and for me, from the beginning, it’s about how you bring a different perspective on the issues affecting the community”
When believers act on their faith, truly, the kingdom is very near. Davidge kindly makes reference to Radical Sending in her blog, promoting the book as one path toward becoming comfortable with the idea that our faith can infuse every aspect of our lives. And she quotes Stephanie Spellers: “Church was never supposed to be just what we do inside a building or at a particular time on a Sunday. Church is who we are every moment, in every place.”
May Radical Sending inspire and nurture just such a “calling in your heart.”