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Working it out


It seems to be all the rage these days (I sound like I’m 97 there, don’t I?) My wife has one. My former pastor has one. My current pastor and close friend has one. So, I’m new to blogging, and I don’t even know who will actually listen to anything I have to say.  I’m a very purposeful person; I don’t like to do anything for the sake of doing it, or because other people think I should. My initial thoughts when someone suggested that I blog was “Great. Another thing that I’ll pour myself into, that nobody will care about.” (I was obviously in a dark place at the time.)  But, as I’ve thought about it, I think that good can come from blogging. I enjoy reading blogs from time to time, and even comment on a few. I’ve thought a lot about blogging, and I’ve prayed about it. I don’t want my time to be wasted if there is something that I could be doing to further the kingdom instead. However, I believe that God can be glorified in more ways than I give Him credit for. I want to be a part of that in any way that I can. And honestly, there is so much good that I can see is possible through the online community that blogging creates.

I hope that this can encourage someone.

I hope that I can give a glimpse into the lives of stuCo, myself, my family, my church and hopefully Christ.

I hope that we can connect as people in the world who are trying to find out what it means to follow Jesus.

I hope that parents and families will feel more connected to our ministry.

I hope that students continue to connect with what we do at 612, and our other events.

But, more than anything, I hope that Christ is shown through me sharing parts of my life with you. My heart is for my students and their families to experience the kind of life-changing Christ that directs my own family everyday.  More often than not, I don’t know what that looks like for me, but I’m committed to figuring it out.  I’m learning more and more that Christ has called me to live a backwards life. To give when I don’t have enough. To serve when it’s not deserved. To go when I don’t even have direction. To work when I’m completely exhausted. To love when its not deserved.  I want the heart of Christ to beat in my chest; to be in rhythm with His. I want to be as present with Him as He is with me.

So there it is. I’m trying to see what that looks like in my life. Where I can let Christ take more of my own will, and be more in tune with His. He’s stripping my life so much right now, and making me into something completely different. So that’s what God is doing in my life right now. Many of my students are all too familiar with this question, but I’ll ask it anyway…

What is God doing in your life right now?


From → church, Family, Parents

  1. Ethel permalink

    I like the BACKWARD concept of living and may try to copy from you and do the same. I appreciate your willingness to make a difference and to be in rhythm with His Heart. God bless you in yoru efforts…

  2. John!!

    Ah, blogging! It’s like a journal, only public. You can talk, you can vent, you can encourage, and the list goes on. But, I think the biggest thing about it, is that like journaling, we often learn something about ourselves in the process.

    I look forward to your updates!!

    In answer to your question:
    God has just provided my husband with a wonderful new job/opportunity that we are very grateful for. Less stress, which means more time with us, more time to grow together. We’re so looking forward to this year and what it means for us: 5th anniversary, our little one turns 3, and we’ll be out of debt, Lord willing.

    Hugs to your family!

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