One year ago I left Chicago on a bit of a whim for a city I was sure I’d have no business returning to. There wasn’t much I could say I was “coming back” to other than a few good friends and a church I knew I could call home. But God has opened the door to so many life-giving friendships and life-changing opportunities that I never could have imagined, and certainly don’t deserve. His plan is so much bigger than our career gain or financial security, and what I’ve had to lay down has given life to something so much greater. It’s been uncomfortable at times, but if we aren’t willing to do the ridiculous things God calls us to, we may never experience the miraculous things He created us for. I’m so thankful for rockcitychurch and the part we get to play in all that God is doing through His church. There are too many to thank (and apparently tag), but if you’re still reading, chances are this is for you. The local church is the greatest cause on the planet. It’s a blessing and a privilege to be a part of a Kingdom organization with a heart to help everyone know God, find freedom, discover purpose, and make a difference. The best is yet to come, folks. It was true before I ever even knew what it meant. And He was leading me to it before I was ever even following Him. •
“Life is not a problem to be solved, it is an adventure to be lived.... And there comes a time in every mans life when he’s got to break away from all that he thought he knew and go into the unknown with God... So don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -John Eldridge, Wild at Heart.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, because the world needs more men who have come alive.” ~John Eldredge
Hiking through the Zion Narrows was truly amazing. Nothing better than exploring God’s creation with men who love the Lord and have a passion to glorify Him!
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” –Harold Whitman
Whatever that is, chase it until your last day.
Since I was a kid, I have had an affinity for all things nature. Wildlife inspired my book reports, career aspirations, TV time, and pretty much every afternoon and weekend, elbows deep chasing tadpoles in the pond at the apartment complex next to my house. There is majestic quality to the outdoors that romanticizes its savage tendencies, and it calls to me, in a 19th century Manifest Destiny sort of way.
I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, heart of the delta. Sunday fishing trips with my dad highlighted many weekends, more than I can even begin to count. Sitting in the Jon Boat, we would identify all the birds and their calls, and we would spend the days reveling in the silence that was occasionally broken by the sound of a reel’s drag spinning. Backroads driving filled the rides home, windows down, winding through the forest, lit with beams of bright sun, blaring some Motown classics or 60’s folk rock.
My father helped me understand that the higher power we all seek to understand throughout our lives is evident in nature. It is nature. The forests are the lungs and the seas are the blood that gives vitality to the heart that is the earth. Nature isn’t here for human purposes; we are simply a sentient manifestation of it. .
Our laws make slaves of the natural world. It has become a second-class citizen in an instant-gratification laden, individualistic society hell bent on making money, taking short cuts, and decimating anything and everything in its path. .
While every single one of us has the ability to minimize our personal lifestyle’s impact on climate change, it is much more difficult to combat deforestation, habit loss, and illegal poaching worldwide.
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“ Jangan tanyakan pada diri Anda apa yang dibutuhkan dunia. Bertanyalah apa yang membuat Anda hidup, kemudian kerjakan. Karena yang dibutuhkan dunia adalah orang yang antusias” - Harold Whitman “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and to that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” - Harold Whitman