There are a lot of things I like about being a Technical Arts Director. I get to play with and dream about cool toys all day. My office is filled with Macs and fun technology. I create videos and graphics and see tangible results all the time. I work with some great people who are passionate about what they do. I've got enthusiastic volunteers to work with who enjoy serving God.But the best part of my job is being part of community that is constantly changed by God and changing the world for God. Every week, I play a small roll in creating an environment that is conducive to the worship of and service to God. As people enter in and take part, they are changed. As they leave each night, they change the world. Take this for example:
A few weeks ago, we challenged the community to look around their house and see what items they had of value, that they used often and would be willing to sacrifice for the good of others. On this night, they brought that stuff in, and placed it on stage. In order to give a visual representation of how much was offered, we had them take a plastic syringe (no needle) and place it in a thermometer type holder. Each syringe was worth $10. Five syringes represented 1 life saved through the use of a drug that when given to babies born to an HIV positive mother within an hour of birth reduces their chance of contracting HIV by 80%. By the end of the night, both services had filled the stage with stuff to be sold on eBay. We told people if they didn't bring anything, they could donate cash as well. The cash was tallied up and it amounted to nearly $10,000. Items are still being sold on eBay, but we could see that amount again. This equals somewhere in the neighborhood of 350-400 babies who, in all likelihood, will not develop AIDs as they grow up. It doesn't eliminate the AIDs problem in Africa, but it makes an enormous difference in the lives of those 400 kids.One of the books I'm reading (still, I know...), The Dangerous Act of Worship, talks about how worship should lead us to a response, and that response should move us to feel compelled to challenge the injustice of the world. That's something our community does well. We often sing a song, the refrain of which goes, "Let what we do in here fill the streets out there..." It really does happen; it's amazing to watch, and incredible to be a part of.Which brings me full circle. Certainly, I don't take credit for any of what God is doing in our midst. Still, it's an honor to be used each week, in some small way, to help create an atmosphere where He can touch the lives and hearts of those who darken our doors. What more can we ask for?