For most who’ve followed this journey into the foolish side of faith, perhaps in plain view there’s a kind of restless underdog character that we all like to root for, pray for, or maybe just watch to see where he might end up, eventually.
For those few who’ve seen it up close, in all its vulnerabilities, you already know that this underdog is more often the frog, who’d rather hide his warts by crossing the road at night, than continue crossing the boundaries of faith in the broad daylight.
He means well, but so often fails to finish well, because most of the time it’s easier to live by faith silently and selfishly, than to share the results in an un-profound way with others. These are the warts of one meant to write about his life, when he’d rather just teach the principles. I suppose they go hand in hand, but either way, the journey continues in spite of this, and remains profoundly victorious.
A Better View
As I consider where to start and end, you might like to know that it’s from a cheap canvas chair that I jot this down without ever looking down at how the words bend away from the lines. Maybe I’ve learned that “done” is better than “perfect”, or at least that sharing truth is better than simply enjoying it alone.
It’s been a year of pinching my suntanned skin, over and over again, still wondering how a man flat broke and completely broken, only inches from homelessness, is somehow resting in peace on a pristine beach meant for better, smarter people.
Only from this chair can I accurately share such a glorious view of victory – sunshine, white sand, and the clear blue air of heaven that swirls in, around and out of me. I have returned to my boyhood home – the ocean – where two of God’s greatest creations meet and interact in an ever changing dialogue. Yes, this is home – the home that I’d forgotten and stuffed away in the cramped quarters of despair.
There is much more to share, but as my words dive off the page in flawed poetic fashion, I’m reminded that this is a tangible victory with trunkfulls of miraculous facts – nuggets of gold that in time will reveal the generosity God still has for even a foolish frog like me. But to give you some insight on what I’ve been up to, I leave you with a question:
How Can This Be?
How can it be that after a seven year journey of sitting still in the face of human wisdom and opposition, I’m here with every need abundantly met and a heart full of peace? Even after years of watching God move on my behalf, and seeing the impossible bend its knees, I continue to physically pinch myself to ensure that I’m fully awake and able to answer this question.
In 2009, after losing all my worldly wealth, God gave me an impossible calling – Be still, watch Him work, and simply write about the results. He promised me that in doing only that, He would provide for me and use my life to put His will on display. He promised me a victory that I would one day enjoy, yet one where nothing in that victory could ever be credited back to me or my efforts.
Today I can gleefully share that this is where He brought me – the place I’ve longed to be for decades, and one of the deepest desires of my heart, that includes everything from surfing again to the simple mixed fragrance of sea life, surf wax, and salt, that I so enjoyed as a kid. This is where He brought me, not only to catch my breath, but to the ultimate joy and reward of being a fool for Him, and ultimately to the ones who need to see it the most.
So after seven years of sitting still, I now sit still on a beautiful beach with sunshine on my face, still learning to simply enjoy the first few breaths of victory. It’s a visible success that finally bears repeating, and one with a renewed sense of mission to not only write what God has done for me, but to help others who struggle for purpose, meaning, and mission in their lives, to move forward with courage toward the eminent victory that awaits them.
If you’ve come along to see what happened next, you’re in for a treat – one that I hope will challenge you to go after Him with all your heart – to seek peace rather than relief, and to always be patient with Him just as He has been ever so patient with you.
It only takes a moment to get us into heaven, but being prepared for our mission on earth means getting heaven into us, and that takes a bit longer. Stay the course.
One of those miraculous nuggets is how God connected me with my business partner, and fellow Christian author, Matt Ham. The story will flip your lid, and no doubt offer you a big dose of encouragement. Be on the look-out for this and much more over the coming weeks.
Until then, have a look at what God’s given me to help others.
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Here’s a little more on the book
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Here’s what we do at Youprint.life, the new organization Matt and I just launched
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Thanks for being so patient with me as God continues this incredible journey!