Everyone should have a woman like Diana in their life. A woman who sees you, knows you, explores your gifts and breathes life under them. Diana is the woman who read Imperfectly Brave back to front and front to back. She edits, yes; but she sees the vision. She believes for the dream of women everywhere redefining brave, and prays for that same woman to find herself in the arms of God alone. Today I want you to meet Diana as she bravely writes about how our nation got to this place and how we can get back to God.
One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145: 4
In the introduction to her book, Imperfectly Brave, Whitney talks about how she is going to answer her daughters if they ask her, “How did we get here?” How did the world get this way?
When I ran across this verse from Psalm 145, my mind went right back to that question. I thought to myself, did my generation drop the ball? Did we tell His works to our kids? Did we “show God” to our children, so that as they grew they would see Him, would recognize Him in the world around them? And perhaps just as importantly, that they would see what is NOT God?
(Don’t worry. This is not going to be a blog exercise in self-flagellation. Every generation has its own challenges; its own need to define the world it lives in; its own responsibility for the world it allows. We are made in His image, which means we have the free will to choose, individually or corporately.)
But in reading through the Old Testament, I am struck by how often the scriptures recount God’s miraculous leading of His chosen people out of slavery to freedom and the promised land. Moses recited it, Joshua told it, David sang about it. And Jeremiah and Ezekiel and Hosea. The First Commandment refers to it: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Exodus 20:2)
Why? Granted, the events in the exodus are riveting. But something else is going on here. The “now” of each generation (mine, yours, our kids’) exists as an extension of the accumulated history behind it. We must not let the generation ahead of us to forget what God has done, and what God is doing.
We, you and I, must proclaim God! We have to tell the story of God. Again and again.
This spring, National Geographic will air a series of shows called “The Story of God,” hosted by Morgan Freeman (who has on occasion acted the part of God in movies). It features Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, psychologists all discussing religion and God. How biblically accurate do you imagine it will be? Are shows like these the way the next generation will hear about God? Even with Freeman’s silky voice narrating, I doubt it will clarify God–the true God– to anyone.
“How did we get here?” By doing precisely what we’ve done. By getting distracted at work. By being busy at home. By putting church in a corner. By keeping God in a box. We didn’t mean to; I didn’t mean to.
But look at how many voices are out there today! All telling stories. This generation is heading toward becoming one of the most un-evangelized in modern history. And it’s not for lack of information.
But the information the next generation really needs comes from us, from our voices. Our own imperfectly brave voices. We’ve got to tell the story ourselves. We’ve got to stand up and remind people who God is and what He has done.
We have to, because not doing it is how we got “here.” And with God’s help, that’s how we’re going to get “there”–right where He wants us to be: with Him.
You can get “there” with us. Join us as we redefine brave this summer with the Imperfectly Brave book study. Use your voice to change our world.
Diana Dunne is a former English teacher with a track record of making people of all ages fall in love with words. Daily, she uses words hidden in dictionaries. She prays fiercely. She serves willingly. Diana unexpectedly but now willing, became the editor of Imperfectly Brave. She also volunteers her time at Liberty Women’s Clinic where she stands for life while extending grace and love to women in unplanned pregnancies. Her presence on the Imperfectly Brave team is like having a well of wisdom nearby our desert world. And as an aside, she is funny — and laughter seems to pair nicely with words.