Last year I attended a hackathon where a developer showed me a mobile application he was building for the homeless community. I challenged him to instead use a marker and paper to sketch his ideas and walk across the street a homeless shelter to test his basic assumptions directly with the people it would most affect. Not sure if he would take me up on the challenge, I was pleasantly surprised when an hour later he returned with key insights and a profound joy from the interactions.
Sometimes we hinder our best efforts to help others by over-intellectualizing a solution when we should be directly engaging our communities in true, authentic relationships. "Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them." (Romans 12:9) Yes, God placed you here specifically with works that He prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10), just remember that the greatest gift you can offer is to is to be present and alert (Isaiah 43:19) to that work by engaging in direct relationship within the environments God has strategically positioned you.
If you are involved in technology and entrepreneurship here in Silicon Valley, this is not by chance. I invite you to to join us for <analog> , every fourth Thursday in Venture's coffee house, we will be building relationships to encourage and empower each other to become more directly active in our communities. On September 23-25 Venture is hosting a Bay Area Code for the Kingdom Hackathon, where we will all have the opportunity to engage our skills and talents directly to building technology solutions that impact our local region. I truly hope you will join us! Click here for more information.
Pastor of Innovation