I am an evangelist. I love my iPhone so I tell everybody who wants a better life all about it. Even more than that I love God and His Word. I also love to write. And anything worth doing is worth doing badly!
The mission of my blog is to share fantastically useful lessons from the Lord’s dealings with me from a life lived in His Word.
What I’m promising you
Every individual was created for a purpose. And as Christians we also have a Mission, given by God the Son Himself in The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20.
Purpose is why we’re here. Mission is what we’re here to do. And Vision is the specific and unique call of God on each of our lives to accomplish the Mission and serve our Purpose.
I’m not promising you some gimmicky ‘Big Dream Theology.’ Somebody else already sold us that. It’s called the ‘American Dream.’ It’s really just a clever form of slavery devised to distract you from discovering your life’s Vision. The most deceived among us may be those who are sure they’ve achieved it.
Discovering this Vision has an incredibly easy first step. There’s no need to turn your life upside down in order to get there. And even if you think you’re fulfilling your God-given you’ll likely be surprised to see what’s on the road ahead.
I believe this stuff. I not only believe in Jesus (Jno 3:16), I also believe Jesus. (Jno 5:24) So my blog will be my best work because there are no other things in life I’m more passionate about: God and writing. You can decide if my best work is worth your time. If it isn’t, don’t spend any time here. I wouldn’t.
At the very least you’ll probably like reading my stuff because I often write what I am afraid to reveal about myself. That alone should be entertaining.
The best (and easiest) way to get it
Like my iPhone the Bible is chock full of great tools and features. God anticipated everything we needed, and left out everything we didn’t.
In a nutshell the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity.
God delivered His Word to earth by divinely inspiring 40 different authors on 3 continents to write 66 books in 3 different yet precise languages over a period of 2,000 years. But don’t take my word for it.
But if you don’t believe in a God who is powerful enough to have spoken the universe into existence then I wouldn’t expect you to believe that He could canonize His Word and preserve it down through the ages despite having commending it into the hands of sinful, clumsy, foolish, self-serving humans. (2 Tim 3:16)
I wouldn’t believe in a god that lame either.
Like the iPhone, great design is not only functional, it’s also easy to use quickly.
The Author and Finisher of our faith is smart. He understood your problems and your pain when He designed it. It’s complete in every way. Everything is packaged, presented, and ready to use right out of the box. There’s no need to patch together solutions from various other places to make life work for you. And God’s Word also comes with all of the documentation and support you’ll ever want.
If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?
You would do it for free. You lose all track of time when I’m doing it. You love doing it regardless others’ opinions about you. You’d be completely satisfied if it only changed you life. It’s the only consistent pattern in your life.
So what is your ‘one thing’?
Read John Acuff’s book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, and you’ll understand why I write. Once you answer his 5 awesome questions for yourself you’ll also be able to answer my favorite question to ask people:
If you could do anything in the world, and you didn’t have to worry about money, what would it be?
Even God’s screw-ups turn out great!
I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just want to put something in your hands that I know can help you. All I’m saying is, “Here. Try this because it can help you.”
There’s no new revelation in my blog, just some unique perspectives that might make things click with you in ways they haven’t before. I’m on a quest for ultimate fulfillment in life by personally knowing the God of the universe. and you’re welcome to join me in fulfilling our ultimate destinies.
But it’s not enough for me to explain why God is so great. You have to see how knowing Him will improve your life. It goes beyond just attaining character because many religions offer all of the morality and character you could want without this silly God nonsense (1 Cor 1:18).
I’m not looking for atheists or devotees to other religions. You’re welcome to come along but I can’t change your minds. However I do think you’re smart so I’m not going to pummel you with preaching. “[T]aste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8) Take it for a spin and decide. I’ll do my best to give you a great demo!
I’ll avoid snobbery. I’ll be kind, respectful, and loving even when I’m writing about difficult things. I consider myself to be “the thief on the cross.” (No, the other one.)
I never lie. It’s morally and ethically wrong. Besides, it’s too hard remembering what you told to whom. I continue to know God more and more every day so I don’t have to lie to conceal my ignorance (it will probably be pretty apparent).
I’m not formally trained or educated in religious studies, divinity, or ministry. I’ve never served as a pastor or even a Sunday School teacher.
What I am is a creative-type trapped in an MBA — a regular guy going through the same process of sanctification that you may be going through.
The way I see it, if a bunch of peasants, tax collectors, shepherds, fishermen, prophets, scholars, doctors, and a few kings can be used by God to write the Bible then I should be able to handle a measly blog.
Even God’s screw-ups turn out great!
…and “anything worth doing is worth doing badly.”
G.K. Chesterton’s exact line was, “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” Hobbyists often find themselves frustratingly bad at the hobbies they enjoy.
I haven’t actually read, What’s Wrong with the World, the book in which Chesterton’s quote first appeared. Nor can I say that I’ve read, “When Doctors Agree” from The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond, a collection of detective stories in which he quotes his own quotable line. But because I firmly believe that nothing is original I’ll offer the following quote from the latter as a sort of final reason — or rather an apology — for my blog’s existence.
Paradox has been defined as “Truth standing on her head to get attention.” Paradox has been defended; on the ground that so many fashionable fallacies still stand firmly on their feet, because they have no heads to stand on. But it must be admitted that writers, like other mendicants and mountebanks, frequently do try to attract attention. They set out conspicuously, in a single line in a play, or at the head or tail of a paragraph, remarks of this challenging kind; as when Mr. Bernard Shaw wrote: “The Golden Rule is that there is no Golden Rule”; or Oscar Wilde observed: “I can resist everything except temptation”; or a duller scribe (not to be named with these and now doing penance for his earlier vices in the nobler toil of celebrating the virtues of Mr. Pond) said in defence of hobbies and amateurs and general duffers like himself: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” To these things do writers sink; and then the critics tell them that they “talk for effect”; and then the writers answer: “What the devil else should we talk for? Ineffectualness?”
This is what I think I know for now
I wouldn’t take what I write as authoritative teaching. I think out loud to get to the truth. So as David Platt once said, “This [blog] is what I think I know for now.”
So I invite you to make comments that help patch holes in my thinking. I’m not above updating a post or even openly pooh-poohing an old one if I learn something new that changes my mind. (Rom 12:2; Eph 4:22-23) I think there’s value in understanding the evolution of someone’s thinking instead of only being familiar with their most brilliant and refined ideas, like the ones I have today.
As the body of Christ we all grow together… and somebody has to be the butt! (Yes, there’s scripture to support that: 1 Cor 12:12)