As you know, I’m hosting an occasional guest blogger for my readers. Today’s guest post is by Helen Lee, the author of a new book called The Missional Mom. I admit I have yet to finish the book but from what I’ve read thus far, I’ve been very encouraged – even as a Dad!
Let me also share how indebted I am to Helen. I’ve only met her once before (very briefly) but when she read from my Twitter account that I lost my jacket in Washington DC and was coming into freezing Chicago (her home), she found out where I was speaking at and sent her husband to greet me with an extra jacket!
Not only is she a missional mom but also a compassionate missional mom! Thanks Helen.
On another note, I’m incredibly grateful to Helen and her agent who are donating 10% of all proceeds directly to One Day’s Wages. Take a peek at her website.
Here’s her guest post:
Watching the recent events in Egypt unfold has been an incredible experience, to say the least. But of all the coverage, the article entitled “We Are All Egyptians”, by New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof, affected me the most. Within minutes of reading it, I was surprised to find tears in my eyes. Here are some of the quotes that stuck with me:
- “Tahrir Square on Thursday: pure determination, astounding grit, and at times, heartbreaking suffering.”
- “[President Hosni] Mubarak appears to have unleashed a brutal crackdown…I encountered a line of [his] goons carrying wooden clubs with nails embedded in them.”
- “Countless Egyptians here tell me that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for democracy.”
Hundreds of thousands of protesting Egyptians were willing to give up their lives for the cause of freedom. Ordinary citizens became revolutionaries and demonstrated that some things are worth fighting for, even if you have to pay the ultimate price.
At first, I was emotional as I thought about the plight of the people of Egypt, trying to comprehend what it must be like to live in a society in which pursuing democracy means you have to be willing to be bashed in the head with a nail-studded club. But the more I thought about the protesters, the more I found myself envying them.
I envied their passion, their courage, their commitment to a mission greater than themselves. Their willingness to give up everything, even their very lives, for something they believe in. This sounds exactly like the fire I want to see in my own life. Christians talk about laying down our lives, and some amongst us actually do.
But to be honest, this kind of sacrificial living is far from the reality for me. Maybe you feel the same way. My life does not have enough “revolution” and risk in it, in any substantial way. I may be safe here in my suburban Christian life, but I’m realizing that living safely might mean that I am in danger of missing out on the best of what God is intending for me.
The Egyptian people might not yet fully have their liberty, but in embracing a sacrificial posture in their lives, they have found a freedom that I lack. They have taught me anew that being willing to lay down our lives is the way to find it. May we all be Egyptians, indeed.
Helen Lee has been writing for Christian audiences for more than 15 years. In addition to authoring The Missional Mom, she served as co-editor and contributor of Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP, 2006) and has written numerous articles for publications such as Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Today’s Christian Woman, twice earning Higher Goals awards in reporting from the Evangelical Press Association.
[photo credit: The Boston Globe]