Do you want to get Wrecked?

Kara Powell | Aug 1, 2012

A few months ago, I was selected to be part of the 100 member “Launch team” for Michael Hyatt’s new book, Platform. During the few weeks of social media interaction we had as a team, I came across the work of fellow Launch teammate, Jeff Goins.

This week, Jeff’s new book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life, makes its debut. I’m glad Jeff’s book allows all of us - including me - to think about the radical life of sacrifice and service to which Jesus invites us. I’m thrilled that Jeff’s book allows all of us to experience the deep fulfillment that flows from a Kingdom lifestyle. As Jeff explains, being wrecked means to be disabused of the status quo and want to do something to right wrongs around you.

I’m guessing the best part of Wrecked for most readers is all the stories, especially the stories of Jeff’s own transformation as a young-ish adult.

My favorite part of Wrecked relates to how to engage others in a life of service. Jeff says he loves asking folks, “What wrecks you?”, and then listening to their answers.

These days I’m very aware of how each of us has a unique calling. A dear friend of mine is a defense attorney in the juvenile justice system with a specialty in mental health issues. When she heard about the Aurora movie shootings, her first thought was for the accused shooter, and she wondered about his mental health and what sort of care he was getting. That was not even close to my first thought.

She’s wrecked for those who hurt others and themselves because of their mental health issues and the poverty and marginalization they’ve experienced.

I’m wrecked for sixteen year-olds, and for their families, and for churches who want to better love and serve them.

As leaders and parents, we can gain all sorts of cues about what wrecks the young people in our lives:

  • What are their hobbies?
  • What do they talk about more than anything else?
  • What skills do they have that God might want to use to bring justice?

But I’m guessing that the most important way for us to understand what wrecks others is to ask them: If you could change anything in this world so that others would be helped, what would it be?

And then part of our job as adults is to help young people identify the practical (and often small) steps they could take to make that change. Then we’ll all be wrecked together, and it will be beautiful.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.

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