To Be Known


Brooklyn Lindsey

brooklyn-lindsey-squareWhen something is TBD (to be decided) it means that there is a missing piece.  A part exists that can’t be described yet. There are unknown variables floating around that keep a description from being full.

In contrast, I can give the converse statement “to be known” a similar acronym TBK.

But that’s just odd, right?

I wouldn’t label something TBK because the questions have been resolved. Whatever it is, we call it that. We describe it in it’s fullness. We have the information we need because it is known already.

We wouldn’t say that a party is TBK when we know that it is tomorrow, that it is for a friend whose name is Phoebe, who lives in the bungalow at mile zero in Key West Florida.

If I get a party invitation for “sometime in June” there’s nothing I can really do to respond but to look for another more descriptive piece of information.

Once we know something or someone it changes our descriptions.

It changes our outlook.

And it changes our actions.

The discussion is important to me because I believe we must do our best to know the people we reach out to, to be able to tell the story, to be able to bring a group a full understanding of a situation, to have a face and a name in our minds when we do whatever we can for those in need.

But how do we know people who live thousands of miles away?

Doing events like the 30 Hour Famine give students a chance to step into the world of those in need for a day. The Tribe games change the TBD status of loving others to a TBK status–where they are able to identify, recognize, understand, name, and talk about those who who are in need.

Not only are they able to identify those they are trying to support but they are able to identify with–in a hungry solidarity–even in it’s brevity– it’s a powerful catalyst for mental paradigm shift.

They decide for themselves, that they took food for granted. They feel the pulling on their stomachs that indicates an uncomfortableness, they learn names and stories and begin to see themselves as one of those who suffers. And they want to change things as they are being changed.

We are able to describe what we have seen, what we have felt, and what we know.

Then we can do something. Knowledge is powerful. Solidarity sets knowledge on fire.

It’s then that we find young teenagers and those who lead them doing things we never thought we could do before. Because we are able to recognize what needs to happen now, we know names, we see faces, and we see ourselves standing together as insiders in the Kingdom of God.

In the most gracious way I can ask, will you consider who your ministry knows?

Who is in front of you know that is TBD? Who do you need to learn to recognize? Be able to identify and identify with? Have you sought to understand? Are they someone you talk about often? Can you name him, her, or them? Are they seen?

Hagar praised her God.. “the God who sees me.” (Genesis 16:7). We can’t help but to become a people who seeks to see others. Let’s open our eyes, enter into the realities, ask loving questions, feel what it’s like, and begin.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-2