Actively Looking

The other day I was driving somewhere listening to the local “classic rock” station. I heard a song from 1987 by one of my favorite bands, U2. I won’t spend time telling you why I like U2 or why classic rock stations play the best music, but I will quote part of the song…

I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well yes I'm still running

You broke the bonds and you
Loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Of my shame
You know I believed it

But I still haven’t found,

What I’m looking for

But I still haven’t found

What I’m looking for…

I think Bono has it right. I believe in the kingdom come. I believe that all the colors will bleed into one. I believe that Jesus broke the bonds and loosed the chains, as he carried the cross of my shame, of my shame… I BELIEVE IT! And it is this vision of kingdom life that CCC is about. It is what I will be looking for every day because I still haven’t found it.

            But oh, the glimpses I see as neighbors gather together and share a table for dinner, laughs and life; as I see my coworkers Janet and David lead and love our youth group called Young Leaders of Abilene [YLA]; as I see the YLA youth lead younger children in day camp, with love, purpose, and joy; as I see God do amazing things because it’s his love language. Glimpses of seeing the kingdom come in the middle of neighborhoods. Glimpses of different colors bleeding into one. Glimpses of the chains of shame being replaced with the unconditional love of God.

            The kingdom of God is not a place or an institution or the church. It is bigger than that. The kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God in the lives and hearts of men, women, and children. The kingdom of God is the experience of God reigning among people. The kingdom is present whenever God’s will and intentions for us as individuals, communities, and neighbors is received and lived out. The kingdom of God is where the love of God is shared person to person. And this is what I’m actively looking for!

Enjoy these glimpses into the kingdom from our Caring in Action Camps brought to you by a gift from the Ruth and Bill Burton Family Endowed Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene and the Future Fund of Abilene.

Terry CagleComment