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Seeking the good…


My current mandate in life is to seek the good of the city.  This is a wild and wonderfully vague mission statement that offers me the freedom and the burden to do just about anything.

One current tangible expression of this, is seeking the good of the small piece of the community I currently live in.  To live, work, play, and minister all in the same area is definitely an ideal for me.

My building consists of a shared space of three condominiums called the Crossroads complex of at least two thousand people.  For the past year there was a construction sign that read:


Repair, Restore, Renew… isn’t that so much of what the gospel is all about?

Jesus coming to repair the brokenness and sin within us; to restore our relationships with one another and all humanity; and to renew our sense of calling and hope in this life?

Condos are being built everywhere across the city right now.  They remain closed spaces where things can only be birthed from within.  What would it look like to be and create church within Toronto’s rapidly increasing condo market?

The beautiful thing I’ve found so far is that there’s already infrastructure for some degree of community.  There are street sales, BBQ’s, and events that I’ve been able to easily be a part of.

I was also recently voted in to the board of directors of the condo corporation.  The other candidates were way more qualified than me, I didn’t even vote for me!  But somehow, I’m on board.

I have no idea where this is going, but I do know that seeking the good of the city’s we live in is a part of what we’re all called to do.

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  • tony sheng November 28, 2008, 3:01 am

    you know, i was wondering about that when i saw you were on the condo board via your LinkedIn profile. and i just think that is so cool in the backdrop of the big picture. awesome!

  • A_L November 28, 2008, 4:12 am

    You said several things that I think are significant:
    "There are street sales, BBQ’s, and events that I’ve been able to easily be a part of. "
    "But somehow, I’m on board. " (nice pun, btw!)
    "I have no idea where this is going"
    I know Jesus didn't promise us that everything would flow smoothly, BUT I think that when we get in our 'groove' (not even intentionally, but it just comes together), it can be a strong sign that we are where we are supposed to be. When things seem easy to get involved in, it can very definitely be that God is putting our gifts and personality to His good purposes. At the same time, we may "have no idea where this is going", but God does, so He makes sure we get a good start.
    I think it's a good thing!

  • lon November 28, 2008, 8:19 am

    cool Tony, I rarely ever use Linkedin, didn't know others actively checked it!

  • lon November 28, 2008, 8:21 am

    Thanks Al… sometimes it seems like a crazy thing trusting that God of ours…

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