Over the last couple of weeks I have had the pleasure to sit down with some new friends and simply share life. I’ve had the opportunity to speak a bit about the radical changes God has brought into my life and the life of my family. I have had the great chance to pick the brains of a couple of guys and learn from their own experiences walking in this life. It is fascinating to see what disasters God can pull his people from in order to use them for his ongoing kingdom building initiative. Often the level of blessing that can occur when we turn from one destructive direction and choose to walk into a new life-giving direction, can blow my mind.
I love sharing what God has done in my personal circle of manhood, marriage, fatherhood, community. It is awesome to me that anyone would even care about what this once-lost soul has seen and experienced. But the idea that I always come back to is that the darkness of walking alone is always relatable to the one who is now walking with Jesus. We’ve been there; all of us. When we start to forget or pretend that we are something else, we rob Jesus of his glory. It can cheapen the pain of dying to our old selves and the praise of a life renewed.
I see a lot of brokenness all around, it hurts my heart. I know what it looks like because I am there frequently and I have been to its extremes. I know that the only thing that could pull me out from the crushing weight of it all was a transformed life with Christ. I tried just about every other option. Drugs, alcohol, sex, money, prestige; those just couldn’t come close to filling the hole. Therapy, knowledge, authority; like a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. Dropping to my knees in angry, sad, and frustrated desperation, that was the only cure.
It is happening all around us. The more people I meet the more I can see God at work. We are all on a journey and some are further along than others. Sharing in life together is one way to see progress. From the dark desperation in the eyes of a prisoner seeking prayer, to the shining and glowing faces of men decades into this life, when we take a moment to look, we can see providence at work.
(This post was a little meandering, I know. I have just seen quite a bit this week. I’ve been on vacation and feel like I can actually catch my breath for once and pay attention. There is so much going on within my family and outside our doors. Take a minute when possible, look for the blessings. They are all around if we just look)