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Always On Time

I was 46 when I attended my first Wild at Heart Boot Camp in CO in 2003. I didn’t know what a mess I was…I had an inkling, but I thought I was ok, sort of. You know what I am talking about, right?

At the time I was a full time Young Life Area Director with over 20 years of youth ministry under my belt. Even though I had a raging anger, was critical of others, and I had a secret addiction to pornography and masturbation…I appeared on the outside to be a pretty normal Christian man. I attended church, read my Bible, had a pretty consistent QT (quiet time), and was passionate about leading kids to Jesus.

Effort

You know what doesn’t make sense? When you see how something works in the practical, physical world and ignore it in the spiritual world. For example, my wife Diane is an excellent baker. She is one of those women who make a delicious pie crust every time she bakes a pie. Over and over again the crust is excellent. Do you think the first time she set out to make pie crust she was perfect? Of course not. She worked on it. She practiced. My friend Gary Bradley is an artist. An oil painter, usually painting landscapes. Do you think Gary’s first painting turned out as beautifully as his last few? Of course not.

Effort

You know what doesn’t make sense? When you see how something works in the practical, physical world and ignore it in the spiritual world. For example, my wife Diane is an excellent baker. She is one of those women who make a delicious pie crust every time she bakes a pie. Over and over again the crust is excellent. Do you think the first time she set out to make pie crust she was perfect? Of course not. She worked on it. She practiced. My friend Gary Bradley is an artist. An oil painter, usually painting landscapes. Do you think Gary’s first painting turned out as beautifully as his last few? Of course not.

A Life-Saving Experience

Over two years ago I would have described my life as characterized by isolation, dominated by the grip of addiction and as being largely disconnected in my relationships with my wife and kids. Frankly, at the time, I would have said that I did not have a single truly transparent and honest relationship in my life.  I was asked to attend the True Pursuit Weekend where I experienced a remarkable movement of God’s Spirit in my heart.

A Life-Saving Experience

Over two years ago I would have described my life as characterized by isolation, dominated by the grip of addiction and as being largely disconnected in my relationships with my wife and kids. Frankly, at the time, I would have said that I did not have a single truly transparent and honest relationship in my life.  I was asked to attend the True Pursuit Weekend where I experienced a remarkable movement of God’s Spirit in my heart.

Hide and Seek

“God comes to us disguised as our life” – Paula D’Arcy

God plays hide and seek with us. His childlike heart smiles as he allows himself to be found. He doesn’t really hide himself from us fully because he’s always available to us but He gives Himself as an adventure of exploration that we might continually discover the joys of an eternal being of goodness, beauty and creativity.

Hide and Seek

“God comes to us disguised as our life” – Paula D’Arcy

God plays hide and seek with us. His childlike heart smiles as he allows himself to be found. He doesn’t really hide himself from us fully because he’s always available to us but He gives Himself as an adventure of exploration that we might continually discover the joys of an eternal being of goodness, beauty and creativity.

Our Deepest Fear

In August my wife, two youngest daughters, and I took my oldest daughter to college to drop her off for her first year.  At the Presidential Welcome they read the following quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

Our Deepest Fear

In August my wife, two youngest daughters, and I took my oldest daughter to college to drop her off for her first year.  At the Presidential Welcome they read the following quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

Always on Time

I was 46 when I attended my first Wild at Heart Boot Camp in CO in 2003. I didn’t know what a mess I was…I had an inkling, but I thought I was ok, sort of. You know what I am talking about, right?

At the time I was a full time Young Life Area Director with over 20 years of youth ministry under my belt. Even though I had a raging anger, was critical of others, and I had a secret addiction to pornography and masturbation…I appeared on the outside to be a pretty normal Christian man. I attended church, read my Bible, had a pretty consistent QT (quiet time), and was passionate about leading kids to Jesus.