Three words that Miranda and I have been holding onto in a world that is so held captive by pride, purposelessness, and cheapness.
I’m a simple man. I’m not excessively good at anything really. I’m not the smartest guy, not a great speaker, not a brilliant business mind or full of brilliant vision. I’m just a simple regular man. I laugh a lot lately, I guess that’s one thing I got going. If I surf, I’m pretty average. If I snowboard, I’m pretty average. The list could go on and on. But I am willing to let God use me and I’ve seen him use countless simple people like me for his glory. Basically, I’m a trophy of God’s grace standing on his shelf with millions of other trophies of Gods grace. On my trophy you can read the label, “here stands Russell, a regular dude I chose to redeem to show off my grace. The basic simple message should be coming through this paragraph by now. If God can do something in my life how much more someone like you. But you too will have to become simple in order to point people to Jesus. Discipleship isn’t pointing people to ourselves it’s simply pointing people to Jesus. Church has become so complicated in America today with all its hoops you gotta jump through to follow Jesus. It doesn’t have to be that way. Be the simpler you, and by the way that will require saying “no” to a lot of seemingly good things. If you grow your no, God can bless your yes.
Hardcore….. May come across as a bit scandalous at first and it kind of is. There are some hardcore decisions to be made to follow Jesus in this life. I recently quit my career dream job of doing helicopter rescues and fighting fires. It was a sweet job but not as sweet as planting a church and pouring into my growing sons. It was scary to do. It always is and to step out in what God has for you will require some level of faith. The greater the endeavor the more hardcore faith that will be required. Oh, and I forgot to mention whatever you step out in, it will look really stupid in the eyes of a lot of people, and it probably won’t have a great retirement plan until after you’re dead.
Quality. Oh to feel alive. I’ve felt dead before. I know you have too. Being alive is worth struggling for. Quality is worth dying for. It’s not going to just happen. You don’t just slide into quality. There’s a lot of tears and failure along the way. There’s no quality marriage without blood, sweat, and tears. There’s no quality anything without a fight. Life is not meant to be easy, if it’s going to be a fight you are better off fighting for good things.
I’m so thankful for our neighbors we are so blessed in that we can spend time together working out in the mornings. Sometimes it’s a struggle to get out of bed but once we do we find ourselves alive. Sometimes we just get together for game night and laugh until we cry. Those are the things worth fighting for.
2 Corinthians 1:12 >>
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity* and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.