I have been trying to think of ways to connect better with my local community. This includes the school up the road where the kids attend. I have dreamed up a few ideas to both connect (for my sake and fulfilment of my own passion and mission) But also for their sake, wanting to serve them in ways that are actually beinificial to them and maybe actually produce a better place to live and be in community as neighbours.
Problem is that I tend to just have the ideas and…that’s it.
Some of the problem is time but I would say the major issue is my butt…it seems to be stuck in one place, too scared about stepping out and taking a risk. If I initiate something, will everyone just think I am some do gooder try hard etc. I mean Hamo has started his BBQ thing and had begun to connect with people up there….hm
So what happens? My 9 year old daughter decides that she wants to play netball, that she wants to play locally and that she wants to play with kids in her class. She acts on this, with Christine’s help. Mik gets the team together at school, gets her list of names, we register a team and boom – last Monday night was game number 1.
I stood there with 2 other dads from the class who I know to say ‘hi’ to and chat with, but we stood and talked and talked, in fact we were guilty of a lack of cheering for the team. But as I stood there engaging in some of the best conversations I had had with these guys I thought to myself…”My daughter is more effective at this tranformational community stuff/mission stuff than I am”
Maybe we need to get less hung up about theory, and ‘mission’ and just go out, be friends, play tennis, netball, have beer and be yourself.