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July Newsletter- Purpose

I once heard it said that education is what’s left after you have forgotten everything you learned in school.  We learn a lot about how to work in school, but I think the longer we are away from school we realize how much it did not teach us about relationships and respect. Those come later in our lives.


It’s been a busy 2019.  We’ve done 6 events in 7 months on top of broadcasting 24 hours each day.  All that activity caused me to think about our beginning in January 1990 and why we ever started WBVN.  Somehow, by the grace of God, we’ve been able to stay on course and focused on the first things of this ministry.  By first things I mean the reason for having begun at all.  Fortunately, it’s been easy for me to think about our original purpose daily, weekly, yearly over the years. The dependency we have on our listeners, what I’ve described as vulnerability, their advantage of having WBVN, what we do and why we’re doing it, is paramount in my memory.


I remember an idea by a Christian philosopher suggesting we should define life backwards and live it forwards.  His thoughts: we should be starting from our destiny and letting that redefine our journey.  It’s been suggested that instead of asking children what they want to do when they grow up, we should be asking what kind of person they want to be when they grow up.


Writing these newsletters is similar to that.  I’ve told people for years, with a smile of course, that each month, while driving, or walking, or working, or doing something unrelated to the newsletter, I simply ‘discover’ a single thought I want to write about and just follow a path through the newsletter to get to that single sentence.  A poet once described his work as a process of writing the last line first and following the road back from there.  I like that as a life-philosophy.  Live life backwards.


If we’ve developed purpose, we surely can find a way to live it.  That’s what the Gospel is about.  Living out what is coming before it actually happens many times.  Finding out what’s true and making our lives fit the definition of that truth.  The end determines the way of the journey.  The problem with a materialistic world-view is that it leaves us bored, unfulfilled and, as the old adage goes, it suggests ‘sex-drugs-and rock and roll’ as a way to fill the boredom.  Believing in God gives us a destiny and the starting place of our journey.  Ravi Zacharias said “… they (the disciples) knew Jesus in the chronological sequence of His birth, life, death and resurrection.  Paul encountered Him in the logical sequence of His resurrection, death, life and birth.  Through the keyhole of the Resurrection, Paul peered backward in time.  C.S. Lewis addresses this same theme in an allegorical form that effectively captures truth in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe…”as the bewildered children hasten back to the scene of his death, they are greeted by Aslan, triumphant over that death and the children yearn for an explanation:  ‘It means,’ said Aslan, ‘that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know.  Her knowledge only goes back to the dawn of Time.  But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.  She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'”

As we complete 29 years of ministry at WBVN our heart has not changed.  The vision for why and what is still as strong today as the day we started.  Truth is, I really never expected it to last this long.  Ours is a bit of a David and Goliath story.  Incredibly small radio ministry, donor funded station, and yet broadcasting over 15 million minutes of programming and producing over 200 community events.  If you knew me very well you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that I had a short-term plan in case we failed and no long-term plan if we succeeded.  And, while I say that a little ‘tongue in cheek,’ there’s just a little bit of truth in it.  We came to do this ministry for as long as our lives and your partnership with us lasted.  What we came to do in 1990 is still what we do today, why we do it today.


Because we knew where we were going (serve believers), we could find out how to get there.  Caring for a fellowship of believers was always our goal. We weren’t guessing about it, we knew it ahead of time.  As believers, our personal lives, business lives, family life can follow that same map.  It’s like recognizing where we want to end up and living backwards from that, following whatever road it takes to get to where you’re already at in your heart.


WBVN came to be an encourager; we haven’t been diverted from that purpose.  The hard part is, it’s so easy to add to the original purpose God has set out to accomplish.  Easy to jump off the tracks and move away from the original unction.  You can begin thinking what you might do in order to do something new, fancy or expanded.  And, you can imagine doing that ‘in the name of Jesus’.  However, if you live life backwards from purpose, you’re less likely to be persuaded away from the original.  What do you really love about the Gospel?  Now, slowly and with as little planning and demanding as possible, do it!


God, before time began, looked to the future and said, “Yes, let’s do this,” then proceeded to get to that yes through Jesus Christ millennia later.  It’s a future hope and destiny that we find purpose in today.  We can find joy even in times when we’re not happy.  That’s because we know something about the future and we let that future affect the present.  It’s not that we are trying to figure out everything; it’s that we’ve simply made up our minds about tomorrow.


More than we could have ever imaged in the beginning has happened to us.  Never forgetting the ‘why’ in anything we do at WBVN is incredibly important in staying the course.  What we’ve discovered for ourselves we try to share with others.  Trusting Him, you can set a God-inspired desire as your ending point and start from there.


The Christian Life is much like that education we accumulate; at the end of the day, the Christian Life is what we experience after we’ve tried everything else that didn’t work.  We can start living a life that He guides us to pursue, guides us by whispering the end to us before we start the journey.  At the station it’s not that every song is profound, although many are.  It’s not that the conversations are so well placed– some are but others not so much.  It’s being present for 29 years, by  offering a place, a home, for your thoughts, and paying attention to your needs that keeps us here.  By being present we know He is present.

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