You attended IF:Gathering this past weekend.
Maybe you attended in Austin or at an IF:Local. Perhaps you watched and listened in a home, or sanctuary, or on your bed after the kids went to sleep. Maybe you came in jeans, or work clothes, or curled up in pajamas.
You joined with women from all over the world, you lifted your hands up in praise as you sang, “Holy Spirit you are welcome here.”
You listened as Ann Voskamp called for “crusiformation” and as Lysa Terkeurst challenged “never take your eyes off the Master.”
Everyone’s new best friend, Jill Briscoe, instructed you, in her lovely British accent, to “go where you’re sent, and stay where you’re put and give what you’ve got until you’re done.” You listened as our sisters spoke about how to be a bridge. Rebekah Lyons and Vivian Mabum and Roce and #ALLTHECOFFEE. Jo Saxton, Jennie Allen, the Merrick’s, and Coach Tucker. Go small, disciple, love where you are, open your home, the church, singleness, reconciliation, impact…
You cried, wiping your tears with crumpled tissues, balled up and held in your hand as Ellie Holcomb sang Red Sea Road. Your heart was stirred and your mind awakened. Your notebook full with scribbles and circles and exclamation marks. You went home tired and excited and full of hope. You couldn’t stop talking about it, thinking about it.
So… now what?
I have been asking myself that question all weekend. Wrestling with the realization that it is time for the next step.
If you, like me, are overwhelmed and wondering, what do I do next? I believe we can begin here with these three small steps:
Pray– several of the speakers referred to Jeremiah 29:12-14, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord.” Let’s not hurry to make plans, let us first seek him, and listen to his voice. Let us, like Jesus (Luke 6:12), take time and pray before taking action.
Act- However, after praying we must act just as Jesus did in Luke 6:13, “when morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them.” As Bianca shared from Acts 1:8, we should “get up and go.” This will probably look different for all of us, though if we accept Jennie’s charge it will look like discipleship for every one of us. But it may also look like opening your home, starting a bible study, attending a bible study, hosting an IF:Table, getting involved in your church’s children or youth ministry. Reaching out to that neighbor, saying yes, inviting a friend to dinner, making a pot of coffee and some chocolate chip cookies, sitting cross-legged on the floor. As Rebekah Lyons reminded us, “stop waiting for someone more trained and more eloquent and more astute to speak. You do it. You speak.” It is time for us to step up my friends.
Keep Going– I think every one of us were moved by our BFF, Jill Briscoe. Her wise words hit home “go where you’re sent, stay where you’re put, unpack. And give what you’ve got until you’re done.” Once we have prayed, and then acted in faith, let us keep going, all the way home.