Last week Jane and I went to see a solicitor to redo our wills. Some of the questions that the young solicitor posed caught me ill-prepared. Do you want to be buried or cremated? Don’t you think you should sort things out so there isn’t a dispute after you’ve died? Somehow I naively hadn’t made the connection between a will and death.
But it made me think about what is really important in life. What are the things that, when I approach my own demise, I will be able to look back on and reflect that was really good and worthwhile, and conversely what things really don’t matter. I was chatting to a young professional and he was telling me about the super-charged atmosphere of the ultra-competitive professional world. One of his colleagues came to him and confided that she had decided not to get married or have children because her career required her full attention. Another is separating from her husband because he doesn’t “get” her career. And this attitude is by no means confined to women, being perhaps even more prevalent amongst ambitious young men. I find such attitudes alarming; no one ever lies on their death-bed and says: “I wish I had spent more time in the office”.
All this morbidity leads me to contemplate which side of the “worthwhile divide” does Go and Grow fall. Is it one of those things that when we finally go to meet our maker won’t figure as of any appreciable merit. Or is it something that, when we reflect on life, will stand out as being of genuine value. I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between. Church building projects are human constructs, of little eternal consequence. However what Go and Grow represents is the church breaking out of traditional introspection into a new missional opportunity in the heart of the community. This is something that has the potential to impact the lives of countless people and even perhaps affect community transformation. Now that would be something of lasting value.
Do join us if you can this Wednesday, 29 March: we will be meeting to pray for the project twice during the day: 7.30-8.30am and 1-2pm. And the planning committee meeting starts at 6.30pm at Hendon Town Hall NW4 4BG (it is a public meeting where anyone is permitted to come and watch the proceedings - please arrive by 6.15pm as space is limited).