Courage to Stop

Brad M. Griffin | Jan 3, 2011

Here at the start of the new year, most of us are thinking about pushing ahead, setting goals (and reaching them), and other forms of forward motion.

And yet, someone shared the following quote with me this weekend, attributed to UK author Kester Brewin from The Complex Christ: Signs of Emergence in the Urban Church:

Somewhere between the freedom of being able to do nothing, and the pretense of having to do something, is the sort of mysterious waiting of the saints and the prophets—a combination of catharsis and contemplation, of clearing the decks for the new, while being content to exist in unknowing. As we wait for the kingdom to break through again now, we are not called to inaction, to do nothing but lie back and wait for glory. But neither are we called to frenzied activity, which will leave no space for newness to be sown and grown. We must have the courage to stop. To prepare the ground for the new, and wait.

I appreciated that word. As you and I step into this season full of expectations to DO something, let’s be careful to discern what kind of season our lives or ministries are actually entering. Perhaps we need the courage to stop, prepare the ground, and wait. Even if it means swimming against the current that surrounds us.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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