The year was 1987. I entered into this world at about 5AM. No computers. No smart phones. No blogs.
For many years it was just nature, bikes, and LEGOS. And Jesus; Jesus was cool too. It was a pretty rad period in time.
I grew up in the church. I went to private Christian schools in Middle School and High School. While in college I was active in Campus Crusade. Looking back with the lenses I have now, I would say I had decent faith, but I was certainly not ‘on fire’ or really growing – at least not nearly to the extent I think I am now.
The year was 2012. Things were pretty good. I was in love. I had just received a significant promotion at work. Then, inevitably, my girlfriend and I broke up. Good would not be the term I would use to describe that time. Whether it’s a loss of a friendship or the end of a dating relationship, there’s lots of hurt, confusion, and conflicting feelings. There are so many ways to react to such situations. Providentially, my faith remained just enough to reach out as Jesus grabbed ahold of my heart and, as I would later conclude, said this:
You’re relying on your faith of years past. You’re not growing. You’ve screwed up. You need me and I want you and your heart; completely. I have greater things planned for you; adventure, stories, experiences, your calling. I’m not going to just tell you what they are because the thought would terrify you. You’re going to find out as you pursue Me and I pursue you. Grace, son, it’s yours.
Of course, that conclusion took some time to realize… and, naturally, it only came after being broken and left wondering, “what am I doing?” in so many ways.
The year was 2013. I grew; personally and, especially, spiritually. A lot. I stumbled, fumbled, and bumbled. I made mistakes. I said ‘yes’. A lot. To God, to people, to situations. I dated. A lot. (Exhausting.) I learned about myself. I learned about (and from) people who were very different from me. Most importantly, I learned (and yearned to learn) more about God.
2012 laid the groundwork for the change that would occur in 2013.
While I’ve had a blog since 2005, it wasn’t until 2013 that I really started writing about spiritual topics as I pondered and experienced them.
I’m a 20-something year old Christian guy who has lived just enough (especially in 2013) to learn a few life-lessons, has a heart for encouraging others and helping others through their lives, and who wants to do it in a non-judgmental but honest way. I’m young. I don’t know it all. I’m learning and growing everyday. But what I do know I want to share.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
Why this blog?
I know that I’ve been blessed to stumble across blogs, articles, and messages that have turned on the metaphorical “light-bulb” in my head and caused me to think about things differently (or reaffirm what I already believed). That’s what I hope to do here. I desire to use what little wisdom I may have acquired along the way to encourage even just one other person.
As I’m always striving to grow in my walk as a Christian, I realize that my beliefs may mature, and as I grow personally, the words that I once wrote here may not reflect, as clearly as I wish, what I really meant to say “back then” or perhaps my thoughts may have changed along the way. But, I can’t go back and change everything I wrote. If you disagree, or have something to add or clarify, please comment!