Is life a wash?

I’ve been known to jokingly use the phrase “Life’s a wash”. When I give a dollar, it will come back to me somehow. “Life’s a wash”. When something bad happens, something good follows “Life’s a wash”. When I birdie a hole, a bogey surely will follow. “Life’s a wash”! Well… all jokes aside I can’t say this is the case in my life. We are never close to “even” when we live in Christ. I am so thankful for the support and encouragement I have received. For those who have heard me share anything about this journey, you have probably heard me talk about community. As I have reflected back on my life it is so cool to see how people have impacted me and made huge influence on my life. If you are reading this blog I can assure you that you have made influence on my life and therefore are a part of this journey. Words cannot express how thankful I am to everyone who has already supported my calling. I do want to share something that happened a few weeks ago and recognize my fraternity brothers. Unbeknownst to me, an email from a buddy went out to all of my fraternity brothers explaining my recent calling. Within a week’s time my fraternity brothers donated half of my budget goal! Of course the financial security is a blessing. However, it is even more assuring knowing my boys are confirming this calling. That’s what true community is all about. Brothers seeing Christ working in each other’s life, confirming and encouraging and giving each other the confidence to follow Christ and surrender. Life will never be a wash when you have true community with Christ and others. You will always have more than you deserve. More encouragement, more blessings, more grace, more confirmation, more confidence, more joy, more peace, more love, etc…

Though I have no clue exactly how God will use me in South Africa, I hope and pray I can instill in these children the importance of true community. If these young men and women can experience community amongst themselves in Christ then life will not be a wash for them either. They too can experience a life of never ending grace and blessings.

“For this reason I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21

In hoc signo vinces

My Journey

Well, this is a first. I am blogging. Bare with me! As you have probably heard, I’m leaving Nashville for a bit. Here’s my first attempt to inform you about what’s going on…

Looking back on my walk with Christ the last 8 years has been amazing. To see how God has put the pieces together for His plan for me is a modern day miracle. Five years ago I was in worship service at Brentwood Baptist Church. Some South African man named John Thomas was preaching. He was the founder of an organization in South Africa called Living Hope which I had never heard of. In his closing remarks he challenged us to do something in service to advance God’s Kingdom. The next week I started teaching in the Children’s ministry. I found a passion that had been in me my entire life working with children. During this time, me and some college buddies were in bible study together. I had talked with them about wanting to do something “bigger” relating to service. Amy Carter (Brentwood’s Children Minister) came to me one Sunday morning to say God had laid it on her heart to ask me to go on VBS mission journey to South Africa. I politely blew her off! I shared this with my buddies in bible study that week. To my surprise, they were quick to remind me of my desire to do something more and this invitation didn’t sound coincidental. I emailed Amy that night to say I was in. Since then I have been on five short term mission journeys to South Africa ministering in the same township. I have developed a passion for these children and the work that Living Hope is doing. In August of 2013, God called me to go serve long-term in South Africa. This calling was everything short of an audible voice and would love to share this with you if you’re interested. A blog wouldn’t give it justice! This was the first time in my life I understood what surrendering to the Lord felt like. The peace of being obedient to God’s call is refreshing and gives me confidence and hope. I am so thankful for the clarity I received that night. Unfortunately, God had to be that clear for me to be obedient because this decision has lead to sacrifice. The peace and joy of knowing God is control is making this a lot easier. I am so fired up and excited about what God has planned. I will move to South Africa in September to volunteer as a Life Skill Educator for Living Hope. I’ll be working with kids and teenagers. I’m looking forward to building on relationships already made and starting many more. What’s my mission? Simply put, allow God to communicate and work through me to give kids and teenagers the hope they can have through Jesus Christ. Stay tuned, more to come!