On Track or Side Tracked?

Oh, so you have built a tower have you? What will you think of next? According to some commentators, that is the sense of the voice found in Genesis 11 when God comments sarcastically on the little efforts of men and women to make themselves big and important.  

A Canadian friend of mine tells of a former marketplace leader, a president of a substantial company, a Christ-follower, who retired to pursue the dream as told by our culture that he had “deserved.” That is, a life of leisure with his yacht traveling between Vancouver and New Zealand.  A few years into that, he is wondering if the Lord might have something more for his life.  He did.

This might be a little extreme, but here we are, the healthiest, best educated, and some argue, the wealthiest generations ever to walk the earth with the direct assignment to disciple the nations.  We have the life experience to bring grace and truth, with discipling and development with our skills from education to engineering, mentoring and management to a world in crisis. What is the Lord to do when we get side tracked—the potential rescuers drifting off with indifference and inattention? 

Another from Canada, attended a MissionNext event.  He and his wife decided they could go into the nations, offering their skills.  They went first to Indonesia, then to Malaysia.  Later in the decade, his wife died of cancer.  He reports, “Those were the best years of our married life.”  

If we can hasten the day of his coming, we can certainly delay the day. We can be involved in God’s global cause, or miss it.  Are you on track for that or side tracked? What is your life choice for the next stage of your life, whatever your age? Why not register or login at ExploreNext to find a track that is surprisingly well suited to you?

Nelson Malwitz

Nelson Malwitz


Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext, in program development. Locally he attends a Torah study and is chairman of the sewer commission to serve among unchurched leaders.

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