|Jaxon, Josie Kate, Judah, Justice, Jacy Klaire, Paige with Logan|
I like it.
I like using it.
I have come up with several ministerial scenarios where it fits well and makes me feel "relevant" (one of the aforementioned cliche'd phrases) to say it. But most of all, I think it appropriately describes the proper interaction I want to foster in the relationships in my life.
I want to be engaged.
I want to be involved...but more than involved.
I want to be committed...but more than committed.
I want to be passionate...but more than passionate.
I can be involved, committed, and even passionate about ministry, or relationships, or church, or family but still just cruise. I can be all of those things but still allow myself to be distanced and non-impacting.
But if I am "engaged", then I am all of those things. I am involved in fostering the engagement. I am committed to the relationship to the point that I want to see it blossom. I am passionate enough about it to make it a priority in my life daily. Engaged. If I was a tattoo guy, I would definitely get Engaged tattooed somewhere cool.
If we engage the people around us with the intention of expressing to them the love that we have for them because of the love of Jesus flowing from us, then we will have the opportunity to impact that person's life.
As a preacher, I want other people engaged too. I want them engaged when I preach. You can tell when people are engaged versus when people are enduring. Often times I preach to enduring crowds. They are willing to endure me as long as I don't engage them too long. But when the congregation engages...man it all changes. You can tell when they are internalizing what you say. You can see emotions and deeper than "what's for lunch" thoughts plowing into their minds. They are exploring the possibility that what I am saying might actually be true, and then seeing the enduring ramifications of that truth. I love engaged people!
Engaged people change.
Engaged people put forth the energy and diligence to cause change in the conditions around them. Engaged people don't quit.
Engaged people fight for what's worth fighting for.
Engaged people recklessly pursue the goal set before them of being like Christ.
Disengaged people don't.
Disengaged people don't have impact.
Disengaged people are content with mediocrity.
Disengaged people just cruise.
Disengaged cruisers drink the Kool-Aid of the propagandists in our culture and surrender their right and opportunity to fulfill the destiny for which God created them.
Engage. Engage the relationships you are in. Engage the people you are around. Engage the circumstances in which you find yourself. And in the end you will see that you have engaged the essence of what it means to be Christian.