As we kick off the fall with ACT:IVE, a resource that dives into the idea of faith and justice, we want to start off by thinking about WHY we do this—why is connecting faith and justice important? Why do we fight issues that sometimes seem impossible to change? What do we want out of it all? We want to share with you our friend, Adam Jeske, created that just gets us fired up to do something…
I Want Justice
By Adam Jeske
I want to live my ideals.
I want my life to stand up to scrutiny, to be above reproach.
I want to love the person in front of me, and the person I will never see.
I want to be transformed by Jesus, turning from my selfish concerns to offer my
strength and gifts for the benefit of others.
I want all my resources to be devoted to good, to helping friends on the margins.
I want to pursue truth, that I might share it well.
I want to smile and to live a life that makes others smile.
I want to be effective, with my efforts making a substantive difference.
I want people in hard places to teach me about community, work, perseverance,
generosity, and faith.
I want to remain tied into a church, a group of others on the journey who will
remind me that I’m not crazy.
I want to rattle people’s cages, challenging people to live differently.
I want to pray deeply, trusting our Creator to help and to heal what I cannot,
I want to name the lies of my culture.
I want to have passion and to spark passion in others.
I want to share my little wisdom with those who are just stepping onto this road,
that they might avoid my mistakes.
I want to be willing to suffer.
I want to keep going, never stopping, learning, going, giving, growing.
I want justice.
Christine and Adam Jeske have lived amazing days in Nicaragua, China, South Africa, and the U.S. Their next book is This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling (IVP, August 2012). She is getting a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, and he leads social media for InterVarsity and the Urbana Missions Conference. Connect at Into the Mud and Executing Ideas, or follow @christinejeske and @adamjeske.
What do YOU want?
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