Gideon Clark is one of a small group of young people pioneering living together as a Christian community in a housing estate in Milton Keynes.
What are you thankful for Jesus doing in your life?
I'm thankful that Jesus is patient.
I think you should question most things in life – especially if you want to discover something for yourself. It was when I decided to challenge Jesus to show up in my life that I discovered Him. I think it is right to challenge God – but you have to be prepared to listen or look for the answer. Now I know that Jesus will be there throughout my life, forever accessible, despite my failings.
You recently moved to Milton Keynes to help start a new house group there. How's it going? What's the plan?
There are five of us (and a baby) living in a rented house and seeking to “be church” there. Being part of a small group like that means everyone has to play their part. Less confident people step up to the mark because they’re needed. Even I am learning to sing and play the guitar!
It was Jesus who said “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another”. We are going to attempt that and see how we get on. Our aim is flexibility within our lifestyle that enables us to share what God has and can do, to be seen as peacemakers who impact people with the message of Jesus.
Gideon with some of the crew from Milton Keynes
You're 26. It's about time to be settling down, surely?
Are you subtly telling me to grow up, or giving me a clue to eternal happiness!?
I recently read the “top regrets of the dying”. A common regret amongst men was “I wish I hadn't worked so hard”. So: you’re about to die and review your life. You see a treadmill of work existence and think “What the flip was that all about?” Being a clever fella I worked out that everyone will die including me.
I also worked out what something that Jesus said actually means: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” I want to look back and see what an impact I made on those around me. A life actually lived to the full, caring, laughing, loving, crying and sharing. A life lived giving, not taking.
A bit of advice the Bible gives is to not worry, pray about everything and thank God for all he has done. I have experienced some of the peace of God which exceeds anything we can understand and it’s pretty epic.
Although I enjoy my job, my priority is sharing with other people the experience of being able to thank God and the inner peace He brings.
What excites you when you think about the future?
My church is in an exciting place. People are finding freedom to express dreams and visions. There is room for movement and people are taking more risks. There is a real desire to push the boundaries and get stuck in.
Who knows what is going to happen in the next year? There is a fresh faith around. I love the fact you can't use up faith; the more the Church moves in faith, the more it has.