The View from My Window: High Hopes for Living Out Our Witness

The View from My Window: High Hopes for Living Out Our Witness


David A. Gilmore

5/15/2017

“So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
(Mark 11:24)

Approaching my one-year anniversary in our conference, I pause to reflect on how a perceived reality may or may not be an actual reality. Prior to my arrival into the New York Conference, I was cautioned to not get my hopes up too high, because the “Christians in the northeast are different from other parts of the U.S.” Someone even offered the humorous insight, “David, you’re not in Kansas anymore” (note to that “someone” . . . I never was in Kansas).

Thus far, I have participated in the Metropolitan, Catskill Hudson and Long Island West district training days, and what have I discovered—what is most preponderant is this: the desire for something real and filling is just as prevalent here as in any other place I have been.

There is a hunger for something offering purpose and direction that is hope and not hype-filled—among clergy and laity.

There is a hunger for promise-filled meaning that provides a lasting and not temporary anchor during the storms of life in every community beyond the walls of our local church houses.

And, yes, there is a hunger for a holistic healing rather than something(s) placebic, half-baked and empty that addresses the whole person physically, emotionally and spiritually!

Where does that leave us?

Hopefully, at a place where we begin the process of filling the void(s) in our lives and the lives of our communities, and it starts with “drinking the Kool-Aid.” If we do not believe and embody the Good News of Jesus Christ, how can we hope for our neighborhoods and churches to believe and embody?

If we “believers” begin to live like we believe, then others will witness our belief being lived out right in front of their eyes, and who knows—maybe THEY will begin to believe, too. We cannot expect others to drink what we’re serving if we have not taken a sip ourselves. In other words, we cannot effect change if we have not been changed. “Drink the Kool-Aid!”

My most fervent prayer is that we “believers” take in what we are supposed to be pouring out, and then watch how God works!

Stepping away from my window now . . .