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For it or against it?

Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof Monday October 19, 2009
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It’s pretty popular to be against something. It’s harder to be for something.

What about you? Is your life for something, or has it become about being against something else?

* Do you love the church, or just criticize other churches and leaders? (Love Craig Groeschel on this)
* Do you love God, or just look down on others who don’t (or who you think love Him less than you do)?
* Do you love your personal style, or are you just trying to dress or live in a way that’s cooler than the guy down the street?
* Do you love it when new people come to faith, or resent that your story isn’t more exciting?
* Do you love your job, or just find things about it you don’t love?

Everybody’s a critic, but critics end up with nothing at the end of their days but a series of things they were against. Not much to admire, actually, or pass on to your kids.

What keeps us from being for something? Maybe a fear that others will criticize us. Maybe having lived in negative head space for so long that we forgot that God called us to build and grow people and His Kingdom. What do you think?

What are you for? How can that become a passion for you? How can what you are for begin to define you?

I want my life to be about what I am for, not what I’m against. What about you?

Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church, a growing multi-campus church north of Toronto and strategic partner of North Point Community Church. Prior to starting Connexus, Carey served for 12 years in a mainline church, transitioning three small congregations into a single, rapidly growing church. Carey is the author of several best-selling books, including the Amazon #1 best-selling Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow. He is also the author of Leading Change Without Losing It and co-author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. Carey writes one of today's most widely read Christian leadership blogs at www.careynieuwhof.com and hosts the top-rated Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, where he interviews some of today's best leaders. He speaks to North American and global leaders about leadership, change and personal growth. He and his wife Toni live near Barrie, Ontario and have two sons.