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You can’t do this journey alone

Well… I feel like I shot myself in the foot with this one.  I know I post many things on Facebook and Twitter and honestly there is no secret message i’m trying to share with you.  I’m not trying to get something off my chest.  I don’t have a beef with anyone.  All I want to share with people is that God’s grace is real as the nose on your face….unless you had plastic surgery.  

I want to use this post to get some things off my chest. If it does not make sense…ask questions. 

Over the past few days I was working on some content for something  (more on that later) and the main thing behind it was that in this journey of looking for who we really are does not have to be done alone.  For so long I did things alone.  I’m not talking about being away from God but I’m talking about being away from other human beings.  I have gotten better over the past year or so but there are some things that I kept from people.  That’s just not right.  So I want to share two big things that has happened to me in the past 60 days.  

Big Thing #1:  For a long time now I’ve been part of a really great Twitter rally on Tuesday nights called #POTSClive.  Just a beautiful time where people can get together and share their story and go deeper.  Though that outlet I met some really great people and have had the chance to learn so much.  I’ve been stretched beyond my comfort zone.  I found my self praying for each and everyone involved though out the week.  Heck I even have it on my calendar so I don’t ever miss it.  Izzy (my daughter) even knew that on Tuesday nights Daddy has a “meeting on Twitter”.  

#POTSClive is something I always look forward to every Tuesday night and it made everything start to make sense with all that I had been going though.  (divorce, becoming a single dad, work stuff, among other things)

I wanted to give back to this organization.  I wanted to let this organization know what they have done for me. So I chose to contact them to see if I could use the skill-set that God gave me and help spread the message of God’s grace.  Some of you may not have caught on but I work with all things technology.  So because I took a chance and reached out I get to help spread God’s message of grace every Tuesday night via #POTSClive.  I get to help create the same type of content that helped inspire me to live out my grace story.  The questions I get to ask are the same questions I would ask myself.  I’ve also realized that sometimes God requires us to answer some very hard questions to go deeper in our walk with Him.  

Some of you may be like oh big whoop.  So what?  Well I didn’t tell anyone.  I was afraid I would come off as selfish.  In all honesty…I used to be a selfish person.  I used to try and see what was in it for me.  Not in everything but in the things that matters most.  But I was living in fear of things I don’t have control of.  

What does the Word say about this?  

God is love. Perfect love casts out all fear. 1 John 4:18

Boom!  So in all reality….me fearing the worst of people’s reactions is not trusting God.  So I’m done not trusting God.  

So to be clear…God has given me an awesome opportunity to work with People of the Second Chance using the skill set that God has given me to spread the message of God’s love and grace.  

If you are upset you didn’t know…well from the bottom of my heart I’m sorry.  I just let fear get in the way.  

So take example of me…don’t try to do your journey alone.  God didn’t design us to be alone.  So let’s all walk together…let’s walk this journey together. Who’s with me?  

I know I said I had 2 big things to share.  I’ll save the other one for my next post.  Still working though some thoughts on it because it affects more than just me.  

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Known…

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For may of you out there you don’t know that this exists but a wonderful conference is put on in Atlanta (HOTLANTA!) every October called Catalyst Conference.  It is a convergence of leaders from all over the country to come together, learn, grow deeper and worship a king that is worthy.  

I sadly could not go this year.  But I plan on going to Catalyst One Day in Chicago.

Every year they have a theme.  Last year’s theme was MADE.  This years theme is KNOWN.  What is to be known?  Why is it so important to be known.

A few weeks ago a young woman took the stage at an awards show and proceeded to make decisions on live TV that well now forever make her known for something that many liked and something many people didn’t like.  Now she is known.

I would never want to be remembered for something stupid I did.  I’ve failed at many things in my life but for just as many things I’ve failed at I’ve also succeeded at.  What’s funny…I tend to look more towards those things than that negative things anyway.  I don’t want to dwell on the negative except for to learn from it.  I know where my self worth lies…. and that is within the grace of Jesus.

But you are not ever going to see me on TV or write a book with my picture on it.  I don’t want to be known in those ways.  And honestly it’s not something God has really put on my heart yet.  But what I do know is that I want to share the message of grace with people by any means necessary.  I’ll let God take the mic and I’ll just play the background.

But the truth is…it’s not really about what we do that makes us known.  It’s about who we know that makes us known.  Andy Stanley says, “Your appetite for known will never be satisfied by a number but by a Name.”  We must know Him before we know our selves. Because when we truly know ourselves then we can replicate Him and then we can be known for something.  It does not become about what we are doing but it becomes about what He can do though us.

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Who you gonna call?

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.

We all have a past.  We did things that when we look back on them now…we’re embarrassed, hurt, maybe even ashamed. Those are our ghosts.  They live in the walls of the house we built.  At that point those feelings put us in bondage.

It’s very easy to live in the bondage of our past mistakes.  They cloud the mind like fog clouds a road so you can’t see it.  But that’s it right there…that is what the goal of living in your “ghosts” is.  They want to make the future look so hopeless that it makes it not worth it to continue.  They want to strip you of your self worth.

Here’s the great news… they don’t have to continue to live there rent free.  The memories and the thoughts that we allow to hold our soul hostage has no jurisdiction over the rest of our life.  They can be evicted and told not to come back.  They can be given a pink slip and be told to leave.

The only way of letting this happen is give into the grace that Jesus gave to all of us.  We have to accept that God loved us so much that He sent His son to this earth to die for our sins.  (John 3:16)

I won’t lie to you.  There will be some foot work that needs to be done.  There may be some relationships that you may need to get rid of.  There will still be pain but know you won’t have to go though it all alone.  You will have a family to stand with you.  You won’t have to go though an “extreme home makeover” by yourself at all.

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