Louie Giglio: Shaping a New Generation through OneDay03
- Friday, May 02, 2003
But even having said all that, I just pray that the climate will be different. We've been getting e-mails from 18, and 19, and 20 year olds who are not at college campuses-they're on aircraft carriers out in the Persian Gulf. We've gotten e-mails from people out in Kuwait and from people who are in places they can't tell us about, and they're saying, "I won't be at OneDay."
One young guy wrote and said, "My division deploys on April 1st. I'll be in Iraq on May the 24th. My heart will be at Sherman, but I won't be there. But my heart will be there with you." And all of a sudden we just woke up to these millions of young men and women in our target window-who aren't going to the university on the corner, but they're in the military somewhere. We want to try to embrace that at OneDay and realize that we have an opportunity to impact their lives - and they in turn have an opportunity to impact the world.
Crosswalk.com: What does OneDay mean to you, on a personal level?
Louie Giglio: Well, on a personal level-as a husband to my wife, who's also a really vital part of our team here and the leader of our small team at Passion - it stretches me and it is stretching all of us to the very limits of our faith. It's a very small ministry. The perception of Passion is we sell "jillions" of CDs and must be this big conglomerate, but we're at full-staff with a lot of temporary people here for OneDay, and there are 13 of us in the house. And we've always worked on a shoestring budget. To launch out toward a multi-million dollar project and provide a living environment for tens of thousands of students for four days, it stretches us. Every single day on the journey to OneDay is a faith-builder, it's a character-builder, it's "Get on your knees and be just still before the Lord."
We feel like we've been put through the ringer, because we have. The net result of the purifying of our hearts is amazing. But I think on a macro level for me, it just breathes hope into us. We feel called to serve college students and to see them come and with a look in their eye that's like, "I'm not here for a festival. I'm not here to be entertained. I'm not here for a big event. I'm here-my mind and my heart and my spirit sober-I'm here to meet with God. I'm here to put my life on the altar. I want to be propelled from this place to the ends of the world."
Personally, that just breathes challenge and hope into me because I don't want to just look at the college generation and say, "You guys go live a radical life for God." I want to be among them as a 44-year-old living the very same radical life for God, that he's calling them to. We're not running OneDay; we're not so much even leading OneDay. We just want to be a part of OneDay. And for Shelley and me, we want to put our faces on the soil with these students and not say, "Lord, take these students and change the world." We want to say, "Lord, here we are. Take our lives and do with us whatever You want for Your glory and for Your renown in the whole world."
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