This week’s “Getting to Know” features Mike Schmitt. I first met Mike through Twitter and have come to appreciate his selfless and humble attitude. If there was ever someone to model what Jesus Christ might be like today, it’s him. What he does with CommuniD BBQ is amazing. I asked Mike to share what CommuniD BBQ are meant for:
CommuniD BBQs happen every Saturday in Detroit and once a month in Flint and Mt. Clemens. They are put together by an organic network of churches, community groups and individuals from across Southeast Michigan called elevate Detroit. At CommuniD BBQs anyone is welcome to come as we share an afternoon and a meal together. It is not an opportunity to volunteer or to go “love on people”. It is a chance to share love with others and allow them to share love with you. It is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together, get to know each other and be people together. We are all beautiful images of a creator God.
The video below (originally shared on Dan Sadlier’s blog) show’s Mike in action.
Mike was also kind enough to answer my questions and I am so glad he did!
Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
From my past: Mom. As she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her husband and my dad of 25 years left her and our family. As literally our world and lives fell apart, she never questioned God’s goodness and never lost her joy. Her faith, trust and love for Him was inspiring to myself as well as everyone who knew her. As a testimony to her faithfulness, there were hundreds of people at her funeral and the procession went on for over a mile and a half.
Currently: Tony Stallwarth. There is a video called Homeless Karaoke (www.homelesskaraoke.com). The way Tony talks about people in that video has strongly shaped the way CommuniD BBQs have been formed since almost day one. I have had the chance to meet and talk with him a couple times now. His vision of the Kingdom and love of people is inspiring and transforming.
Guilty dessert pleasure?
Crème brûlée. But there is no guilt in anything that good. It simply must be heavenly.
What is one piece of advice you would give someone?
Don’t spit into the wind. And if you want to change the world, you won’t. But what you can do is change the world for one person at a time. Together, if we all do what we can, the world will be a very different place.
If you want to keep up with what Mike is doing, you can follow him on Twitter at @mikeschmitt. Check out his blog, Shoes For The Hopeless, and if you want to follow what is going on with CommuniD BBQ, check out the Elevate blog and “like” the Elevate Facebook page!
I’d like to leave you with these verses from 1 John 3: 16-18:
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
Now that you’ve read that, think about Mike. He lives out God’s love every day. Get to know Mike.