Two Words Wall
Kameran Thompson Al-Areqi
To a lot of people, “perfection” is a dirty word. I say, let’s take it back from the devil. Perfection isn’t something we achieve but something we receive—it’s God’s promise to us. My calling is to show you!
- When I’m driving and see an old empty building, I begin to imagine what new thing could revitalize that space to be a blessing to the community?
- I love to watch my children and dream about what God is calling them to be and do, and how to parent that makes that more likely.
- I walk around our house dreaming about knocking down walls, adding on a room, or reconfiguring our backyard.
- I love coaching my daughter’s soccer team, helping each girl discover their strengths and talents, and empowering them to leverage them in a way that helps the team be successful.
- I love to look for the next in which God is leading our church, so we might be His Kingdom blessing to our community and city.
- We have both a true identity and a compulsive one
- We have both personal and professional lives
- We have access to the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of this world
- We are two but we can become one
- We are human and divine
- We are to engage in rest and work
- We possess both perfection and imperfection
- We have both the long-term dream of Jerusalem yet a short-term plan of Babylon
My signature verse has been John 15:16, where Jesus states that He’s chosen and sent us to “bear fruit that will last”. Combine that with the fact that through the Younique process I discovered my last name literally means “fruitful”. Fruitfulness means “to produce effectively”. Every life, every family, every team, every church has a God-given purpose–a unique kingdom contribution–that when focused has the potential to bring about lasting change. I love cooperating with God and those in my relational sphere of influence to produce that which will last beyond our lifetime–and, Lord willing to have a lasting echo into eternity.
Formulating Fruitfulness is an odd pairing yet they explain the tension I’ve felt through most of my life between the organic and order, people and processes, grace and intentionality. They motivate me to live my life with intentionality and with eternity in mind.
- You are one of a kind.
- You are uniquely wired to be wonderful.
- You are uniquely shaped for significance.
- Where have you been?
- What have you done?
- How did you arrive at this place in this moment?
- What lenses focus your view of the world?
- What gets you up in the morning and keeps you up at night?
- What context fits you best?
- Where do you go from here?
- How will you get there?
- What will you require to achieve this dream?
- What giants will you dispatch?
- Which injustices will you resolve?
- How will you make the world a more loving and life-affirming place?
Now that I have clarity in my calling, every day I make decisions, determine choices, and schedule my time according to these two words. As I look at a day, a week, a month, or even a year, I continually ask myself, “Is this action or activity cultivating transformation in my life or the lives of others?” If it’s not, “why am I doing it?”
As I think about the 20-30 years that I have left to serve Jesus, I want each day to be fully engaged with my calling. I want to serve others through the exercising of my gifts and talents. I want to maximize the impact I have on the world.
Won’t you join me as you live into your calling?
Eric and I became acquainted in 1999 while attending a Willow Creek church leadership conference. He was struggling with his role as a husband and father, and I offered to sit with him in his confusion. Later we served together as small group leaders and took weekend camping trips together with our sons. For several years we had a standing monthly meeting at a favorite pizza pub. But he had never used the word “deconstruction” before, that I could recall.
I called Eric shortly after he sent his three words. “What do you mean by ‘deconstruction’?”
“It’s the closest thing I could come up with,” he said. “When I’m entangled in a bundle of confusion, you help me take a step back and sort through the issues so I can consider them one at a time instead of all at once.”
Life Younique affirmed that I have been deconstructing chaos for much of my life. It gave me the tools to articulate my calling. Life Younique opened my eyes to the value of naming things as a means of gaining power and authority over them. In naming my LifeCall, LifeCore, LifeScore, and LifeSteps, I am empowered to filter out the many things I can do and focus my resources on the one thing I must do.
I am called to honor God and serve others by Deconstructing Chaos: excavating truth, exposing grace, and drawing people closer to the Divine. And the closer you get to the Divine, the more clearly you reflect God’s irrational, unconditional love.
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