I’ve always been the type of person that’s just felt pulled toward…more. More than just not being satisfied with where I am, but really feeling like I was meant for a bigger impact on the world. Whether it be wanting to be in the military after high school (which didn’t work out), feeling pulled toward vocational ministry without any real path toward that type of platform or role, or really wanting this blog to finally take off back when I was a much more avid writer than I am now. Throughout my life there’s been this constant “you were made for more” feeling in my gut that I could never seem to satisfy.
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Well, I made it a few more verses in Romans before I was stopped in my tracks.
Romans 1:8 ESV
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.
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We all love epic stories. Lord of the Rings. Braveheart. Stories like these pull us in because there are people who are willing to sacrifice everything for justice and to do what is right and good. We identify with Frodo because as much as he is willing to sacrifice and do the difficult, if not impossible, even with community around him he feels the weight of the task and the odds stacked against him, much like many of us. We identify with the William Wallace character because deep down we wish we had that type of steady resolve. The determined courage. The unrelenting faith.
I’ve been reading the Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus recently, and I’ve come into a dilemma that I have never had to deal with before: I actually want to highlight quotes and passages in this book. You were probably expecting something more enlightening. Well, sorry to disappoint. I’ve never written or highlighted in books before, except one of the Bibles I used to have. I’m not really sure why, maybe it’s left over from having to return school text books at the end of the school year. So, I did what anyone else would do given such an important problem: I posted it on Facebook to see what everyone else thought. Continue reading →
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