Have you ever been around someone who is planning an AMAZING party? They talk about all of the details and who’s going to be there and when and how it will all go down….only one thing is missing…your invitation! Do you ask? Do you assume you are invited?
Often times, this is how we do fundraising, unfortunately. We talk all about the need. We share links and tell people how AMAZING it is to get involved. We explain the party in detail. We just miss one little aspect….
we forget to invite people to the party!
We assume they will KNOW that they are invited, just like we assume our closest friends know they are invited to the rockin’ party we are throwing.
I think we neglect to invite people to the party for 2 reasons:
1. we are afraid they will turn us down. We don’t want to put them in that situation and we certainly don’t want to handle the disappointment for ourselves. “Better to not even ask….they will come if they really want to come” we silently think to ourselves. (but really, how will we know until we ask? and won’t Jesus be present even in our disappointment if that does happen?)
2. We don’t fully believe that it’s a party 🙂
Here’s the deal. Too long we have bought the lie that we have to do charity work. We have been told children will die if you don’t get involved. And so we give. Reluctantly. We give to soothe our own conscious is many ways.
The truth is, children may die if you don’t give….but I don’t think that’s a good enough reason to give.
We give because we want to be involved in the great adventure that is joining God at work in this world. We give to live out our callings. We are created to give.
There is a reason every little boy (and girl, admit it) wants to be a super hero when they are little. There is a reason we LOVE action movies and heroes. The reason is that it calls forth something that is hidden deep in our spirits. It calls forth the image of God in us. We are created in the image of a God who rescues the oppressed. We are created in the image of a God who LOVES to loose the chains of injustice and set the oppressed free. He longs to bind up the brokenhearted. He loves meeting the needs of the poor and bearing the burdens of the weary.
We are created to be a part of this adventure.
And if we REALLY believe this….we will WANT to invite people to the party. We will want to see our friends join the great adventure. We want them to be FULLY alive and fully themselves – living out the image of God that has lain dormant in their beings.
I encourage you today to ask. Invite someone on the great adventure. Don’t just talk about sex trafficking and how you are getting involved, invite them along!
Often times, James (from Indian Rescue Mission) will thank me for raising money for him or brainstorming ways to serve more effectively. I laugh quietly each time and remind him that I am the one who has been given the honor. If it were not for James, there is no way I would have the blessing and honor of being involved in the lives of prostituted women in India and watching slaves be set free through his ministry.
It is an honor and a privilege to get to be called to this great adventure, to this party of a lifetime, to live out the image of God in my life that is being awakened more and more each day.
Will you join me? You are wanted on this great adventure. You can start on the adventure of watching justice come forth in this world by joining She’s Worth It and donating $10 and then asking 10 friends to do the same. If you want help on getting more involved in this ministry or want connections to other amazing ministries across the world, let me know. I’d love to have you on this adventure with us. You were made for this.