Defining Strategy With Leadership

I had the incredible opportunity to attend the REACH 2015 conference. This is the second annual conference of its kind in Georgia.

The main idea or reason for a conference of this type is because of the astronomical numbers about the status of our state. Currently, there are over 7 million people in the state of Georgia who do not attend a church of any denomination and do not consider themselves to be Christian or otherwise. They are just turned off period. So, again, there are over 7 million lost people in the state of Georgia.

I want to put the biggest dent I can in that number. I am part of a group of pastors that are praying that God will use their churches to punch a hole in that number. Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if by God’s amazing grace; that number could be cut in half in the next 5 years? I believe that it can happen but it requires us to be intentional.

One of my favorite sessions at the REACH conference was led by Pastor Bill Purvis. His talk was titled: Defining Strategy With Leadership. I would love to share you my key takeaways from this session.

Defining Strategy with Leadership: Bill Purvis

Vision is your mental picture. Strategy is your map.

Churches don’t grow because they have a great vision. It is because they execute a good strategy.

2 Samuel 5:17-25

God provides David’s strategy.

Strategy is a leader’s most important role.

The leader is the strategist.

Why does your church matter?

Why do people need your church?

Be intentional about Your Mission.

What is your big win?

Be intentional about Your Personal Growth Plan.

Growing leaders grow churches. Your personal growth plan is the key to your leadership. You have to be on a quest for growth.

Be intentional about Growing Others.

Be intentional in Looking for Leaders.

Be intentional in Aligning People’s gifts so they can add value.

Share your vision with the people who can make things happen.

Send thank you notes to people.

Lead by example:

  • Your Marriage
  • Your Family
  • Your Integrity
  • Your Finances
  • Your Motives

Do the best you can with what you have where you are and God will not leave you where you are and He will increase what you have.

People need to know that the leader loves them.

Here is a video snippet of the session. I hope you enjoy it.

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Next Things

Pic from Flickr by: The Dark Angle

Pic from Flickr by: The Dark Angle

Have you ever been provoked in your spirit?

You know what I mean, right? It is that thing inside you that gnaws at you. It starts off as just an idea and then it begins to take over. It does not go away.

The idea becomes the very thing that you cannot stop thinking about. It is almost like it has grafted itself into you and become a part of you. You are now consumed by it. You are compelled to do something about it.

This is called vision.

I believe that part of the vision that God has given me for FaithPoint includes making mature disciples that make disciples.

There has to be a plan to accomplish this.

I am going to need your help. I will explain a little later.

The blog posts will continue. I am on this journey with you and I am not going to leave you hanging. However, look for some new additions.

Some people have asked that I incorporate video into my blog posts. I am going to take some time and explore that and see what I can create that will help you in your spiritual journey.

I have been talking with some people who have been encouraging me to take my sermon notes and turn them into ebooks. I hope to have one for you by Christmas.

Here is where you come in:

I want to disciple as many people as possible. I have tried group discipleship on Facebook in the past and it didn’t go well. So, after some thought, I plan on launching an individual discipleship time. I will work directly with you and help you grow spiritually as well as help you learn how to make disciples as part of the command that Jesus gave us. If this goes well, this might turn into a paid course that more people will be able to benefit from.

You will get:

  • access to all blog posts and videos through this page, your email if you sign up to receive email updates from this blog, or you can find blog posts on my new Facebook page (The link will be at the bottom of this post.)
  • questions answered and you can talk to me through Facebook messenger
  • Google Hangouts – we will schedule time to work individually once a month and there will be other times where you are invited to a group Hangout
  • We will discuss how to apply Scripture and the gospel to all areas of life.
  • We will discuss some things like Church History, doctrine and theology, why it is important and why you should care about it.
  • We will also do some book discussions. Books will help you grow if you read the right ones.
  • We will also have Theology and Film. I will ask you to watch a movie and then we will discuss how it is relevant to our spiritual journey.

To have access to this individual discipleship time, I am going to limit the number of individuals to 12. To be one of the first, just go to my Facebook page and comment under this post saying that you want in. I will contact you through email or Facebook messenger. Just let me know the best way to contact you.

Next: If you, your organization, school, club, or church has an event, I would love it if you click on the link to the speaking page and read it. I would love to be able to be on site at your event to preach/speak and help point more people to Jesus.

Technology has made it easier to connect with each other and I want to use it to edify and equip you and glorify Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Pastor Jimmy

 

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FaithPoint News

FaithPoint Logo 1Greetings FaithPoint!

Summer is the time when people take vacations. They take a break from work and other obligations. However, statistics also show that people use the summer months to take a break from God. This may or may not be intentional but it is a sad statistic. Some of the ways that people take a break from God is:

  • They stop praying. This does not mean just at mealtime or bedtime but at all.
  • They stop giving.
  • They stop living on mission.
  • They don’t read their Bible.

Summer is not the time to check out. Just because summer is lax and there are fun trips to take and cookouts to go to, don’t neglect time with your Heavenly Father or your church family.

The summer months make it easy to get distracted. We need our church family to continue to push us towards Christ. We are all on this journey together. We need each other to spur us on to obedience.

Here are the notes from Week 4 of our series Heroes:

The title of this sermon is: There Is A Different Way To See. The text for this sermon is from Hebrews 11.

Sight. It is foundational to our way of life. Without it, we feel helpless, lost. Sight can also be a crutch. We have depended upon it for so long that it influences the decisions that we make. In your mind’s eye – it is easier to make a decision, if you can see it, it is logical, it makes sense.

However, to truly embrace the life that God has called us to live. We need to see the way that God sees. This involves a reshaping of the way you think. Yes, it is possible to change how you think but only God can transform your mind to become the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:13-16

Faith defies logic. God asks you to do things that are awkward, challenging, and virtually impossible. It won’t make sense in your head. But you walk by faith and not by sight. You walk by faith and not by your degree. You walk by faith and not by your logic. You walk by faith and not by your own conventional wisdom. You walk by faith.

Hebrews 11:1

Assurance: full confidence; freedom from doubt; certainty; boldness; freedom from insecurity

Conviction: a fixed or firmly held belief

Based on Hebrews 11:1 would you say that you live by faith.

Daredevil is blind. His other senses are so in sync that it is like he can see. To see the way that God wants us to see – walk by faith, we must see in a way that goes beyond human limitations.

When you are blind, your other senses jump in to fill in the gap of not having sight. Faith helps you to see beyond “right now.” Faith helps you to see beyond the “big picture.” Faith helps you to see the “God picture.”

When you have the mind of Christ. You are not bound by the wisdom and logic of this world.

When you get knocked down, faith gets you back up.

When you are about ready to give up, faith causes you to persevere.

When you are tired, faith allows you to find peace beyond understanding in the arms of your Shepherd.

Faith is the conviction that your life is hidden in Christ in God. You cannot lose your salvation.

When you doubt, faith is the assurance that everything in the Bible is true.

Faith helps your mind match up with what Christ has already done in your heart.

Faith does not make room for compromise. Jesus died for all of your sins not just part of them.

You might make compromises at work to keep on schedule or you might make compromises with your family. However, God does not allow for compromises when it comes to obeying His commandments. A compromise in your spiritual journey is a step back instead of a step forward.

  1. 5-8, vs 17-19, 24-38

Obedience is a product of faith. Another way of saying that is: Faith causes you to be obedient.

How amazing would it be for us to do something just because God said. We know with our whole being that God would not hurt us or lead us astray. We know that God will deliver us from temptation and evil. We know that God has everything planned out for His glory and our good.

We are living in a time where what once was good is now evil and what once was evil is now good.

There are even some churches who have elected to only obey certain parts of the Bible and not the whole Bible.

That is devastating. Pray for them.

I am praying for every member of FaithPoint.

You cannot force anyone to change. You can only show them the path.

You cannot force anyone to want to be discipled or make disciples.

We are on this path together. Let’s embrace the truths and commands of our Redeemer King. Let’s walk by faith and focus on the Bible and be blind to the distractions around us.

I want to help make you into the disciples that Jesus wants you to be. You are not alone in this journey. There are some things that you need to be challenged with and wrestle with. It is a process that you must go through if you are to make a disciple out of anyone else.

You will never arrive. Discipleship is never over.

You never stop learning. You never stop growing.

It is never too late to start.

My vision for FaithPoint is that not only will you be mature in Christ, you will be a person of whom the world was not worthy.

 

Stay In The Fight

boxing-gloves-375473_1280Today is May 1. Did that one sneak up on you by surprise?

Can you believe that we are five months into our 365 day journey?

I want to offer you some encouragement.

Don’t Give Up. You may have already missed some goals, fallen behind, made some commitments and failed to make good on them. You might have fallen off the train, jumped back into a sin that you feel holds you at bondage, you may have lied to your spouse or your kids. You are not defeated. Repentance gets you back in the ring. Repent. Remember, we are on a 365 day journey asking Christ to will and to work in us to make us more like Him regardless of the cost. We are putting everything on the line to follow Christ. It is Christ or nothing. Grace covers your mistakes. Mercy is brand new everyday.

Stay In The Fight. Dust off your gloves. Put them on. Climb back into the ring. With the Holy Spirit living inside you – impossible is not a word in your vocabulary. There will be struggles and trials but there will also be victory and celebration. Do not miss to celebrate even a small victory. That can help provide the motivation to continue in the fight when you think you are done.

There are two things to remember:

  1. You can’t throw a punch if you are not willing to take a punch.
  2. It is not how many times you get knocked down. It is how many times you get back up.

We are called to be more than conquerors in Christ. We are told that because Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us that we will do greater things than He was able to do in the short time that He was on this planet.

That thing, that dream, that vision that you have inside you; Christ gave it to you. The Bible says in John 1, that Jesus is the Creator of the universe. The Creator of the universe crafted that very passion that you have inside you. There is something that He has birthed in you and it will not leave you alone. Trust Him. He will see you through it.

Obedience is everything. The work that Jesus wants to do in you is more important than the work that He wants to do through you.

That is why we are on this journey together.

I want you to know that I am intentional about helping you become the disciple that Jesus created you to be.

We still have seven months on our journey. We need to stay connected. Here is how you can stay in touch with me:

  • If you have not done so already, subscribe by email so that you do not miss a post
  • Connect with me on Facebook
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Follow me on Instagram

I would also like to meet you in person. If you have a conference, event or would like me to speak at your church, feel free to check out my speaking page.

Let’s finish this journey well.

 

 

Journey Into The Unknown

bridge-593148_1280There are times on our journey where God tells us to get uncomfortable. To be obedient, we must leave our comfort zone and step out in faith to follow wherever He leads us – even into the unknown.

This is not unlike Abraham’s journey when God told him to leave his family and his country and to travel to the land where God would show him. Abraham had to travel into the unknown. Abraham had to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

If you follow me on Facebook, you may recall that I made a status update in February about something that I believe that God is calling me to. I would like to share that story with you.

This story begins last September. There was a string of murders that happened in my city and every city surrounding my city. The news media was treating these murders as black and white issues, black on black issues, and gun issues. That did not sit well with me. I knew that was not the case. These murders were not a result of any of these issues. They were a result of the wickedness that comes from the sick hearts inside of men.

I was being provoked in my spirit to want to do something about this. I tried to put this away and not think about it for awhile.

In October, I went to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. God has spoken to me before at Catalyst but not like He did at this particular event. I was wrecked from the very first session.

Andy Stanley took the stage and right out of the gate, he asked two questions that I will never forget.

Who are you?

What breaks your heart?

Immediately, the Holy Spirit draws my brain to open the locked box that I thought were things that I wanted to forget. My mind went straight to the men struggling with manhood. Murders are committed by angry men. It is not their anger that is the problem as much as they are angry at the wrong things. These men have no idea what it is like to pour out their lives into another to coach, lead, or mentor another person – most likely because no one took the time to show them what it was like to be a man. We need men to be fully devoted to Jesus. These men can be godly husbands and godly dads.

I told God that He had the wrong guy.

He wouldn’t let me let go of this. This thing has been chasing me down since October. It is constantly on my mind. It will not leave me alone.

Back to Andy Stanley: There were some things that he said that God has used to make me uncomfortable and know for certain what I am supposed to do next on my journey.

Andy said:

  • Great leaders make things better
  • Great leaders fix things that are broken
  • Broken heart leaders create change that impacts future generations
  • You have no idea what hangs in the balance of your decision to lead into the things that break your heart
  • What God originates – God orchestrates
  • You have not been called to change the world but you are called to change something
  • Jesus said – Fear not, I am with you

You can see how this wrecked me. God is doing something in me to make me be the husband, dad, pastor, leader that He created me to be.

I am confident in this:

The next part of my journey to help men become who God created them to be is not going to start the way that I thought. It is going to start by getting out of my comfort zone and head into the unknown.

To help men, I am going to have to go to places that I have never been before to reach people that may otherwise never be reached.

I believe that God is leading me to reach troubled teenagers in youth detention centers and men that are in prisons. I am looking at building a team of men who will pray with me and go with me to minister to these people and pray that Jesus will wreck their lives and draw them to Himself. I am praying that their lives will change when they meet the Redeemer King.

This is how you can pray for me:

Please pray that God will help me find the men to build my team that will help me minister and share the gospel of Jesus to these people who need to see the hope, truth, and love of Christ.

Thank you for praying for me.

What is God challenging you with to leave your comfort zone and step out in faith into the unknown?

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Just Like You

1797422_10152007144860988_4804641597360984238_nMy son is in Pre-K. From time to time they do projects and the teacher will write on his paper what my son thought about that particular project.

On one occasion, the teacher asked the class what they wanted to be when they grow up. It doesn’t take long to imagine that a four-year-old would say that they wanted to be:

  • Batman
  • A fireman
  • A baseball player
  • Spiderman
  • A racecar driver
  • A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

With my son, that is not the case. The teacher wrote on his paper that Bryson said:

He wanted to be like his Daddy.

Out of all the things that he could choose to be like, he told the teacher that he wanted to be like me.

What does this mean?

I have a son that is watching my every move.

How you live your life comes down to being intentional.

I don’t have time to waste on deliberate disobedience. You know what that is – chasing sin instead of chasing Christ. I don’t have time to be lazy, selfish, or prideful.

When your child is watching you, they pick up very quickly who you are when no one is looking.

Live a life of integrity.

Don’t live a lie in front of your child. Don’t act like you are one person at work or at church and then you act like a totally different person when you are at home.

Daddies have a key role here. You get to show your daughters what kind of man they need to look for and you get to show your boys what kind of man they need to become.

You have more influence than you know.

The best thing that you can do for your children is to follow Jesus and love your wife.

You want to follow Jesus because your child is going to pick up whether or not you truly have a relationship with Jesus. You want your child to see you pray and read the Bible. Pray with them and for them.

I have talked about this in the past – God gave you your child as an arrow to mold and shape so at the right time you can launch that arrow into the world to pierce the kingdom of darkness with the light of the gospel.

A dull arrow doesn’t do much damage.

You want to point your child to Jesus. You want Jesus to save them and then you get to disciple them and show them what it looks like to live a life on fire. A devoted person in love with Jesus will obey Jesus no matter where He leads them. That is what we should want for our children.

Love your wife. Boys and girls both need to see the heart of their Daddy. They need to see a man that is tough when he needs to be tough and gentle when he needs to be gentle. They need to know that their Daddy loves their Mommy. Your children need to see you:

  • tell her that you love her
  • hold her hand
  • hug her
  • kiss her

Children need to know that our wives come before they do. They need to know that they are not the center of the universe. They need to know that Daddy and Mommy have date nights and retreats because those times are reserved just for Daddy and Mommy.

As men, we need to be everything that God created us to be. That means that we are reading the Bible and applying it to our own spiritual lives so that we can follow Jesus and be obedient to His leading. We need to be the best disciples that we can be so that we can teach our children how to become disciple makers.

Follow Jesus and love your wife.

You are being watched.

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Fight For Your Wife

10954208_10203072535643899_7055686585492715950_oHave you ever noticed that life has a way of wanting to drive a wedge into your most meaningful relationships? Before you know it, you have lost that connection. Meetings happen, work demands your attention, phone calls and emails have to be returned and errands have to be run.

A few months go by and one day your wife says that she doesn’t feel like she knows who you are.

This can be changed. This is not inevitable.

I get it. We all lead busy lives. When we get home we all like to kick back and relax. However, I don’t ever want my wife to feel like that I chose Netflix over her.

Our wives should be our best friends. I know mine is. I definitely want to keep it that way. To protect my marriage and cultivate the relationship that I have with my wife, there have to be some boundaries set that show my wife that I am serious about her.

My wife and I took a mini-retreat together last week and I would not change that for anything. I loved every minute that I got to spend with her. We went into the North Georgia mountains and stayed at a conference center. We drove around exploring together and investigated some new restaurants that we would like to visit again. She made that trip special for me. If it had been just me, I would not have enjoyed it as much.

Fight For Your Wife

Fighting for your wife is intentional. Let me explain:

If you, as the man, do not fight for your wife, you will not have much of a marriage. Everything worth having is worth fighting for. The Bible says that he who finds a wife finds a good thing.

Your wife is a treasure. If you want to keep the treasure, you have to fight to protect the treasure.

Here are 8 ways that you can fight for your wife:

  1. Pray with her and for her.
  2. Read the Bible with her.
  3. Read books together.
  4. Date her. Take her on dates as often as possible. You need that quality time together. Schedule a babysitter and make it happen.
  5. Study her. A good wife is always growing and God is working in her to make her more like Christ. You need to talk to her and listen to her. You need to know what God is doing in and through her. You need to know what her new interests and concerns are. This will help you better pray for her.
  6. Pursue Jesus. The best thing that you can possibly do for your wife is follow Jesus. When she knows that you are following Jesus, she will be more passionate about following you as you lead her.
  7. Get away together. Plan an annual or biannual trip for just you and your wife. You both need this. Make it a time for rest, reconnecting and just being with each other. You both will grow to look forward to this cherished time together.
  8. Encourage her. She needs to know that you want her. She needs you to lift her up and edify her. She has too many things and distractions that are trying to feed into her insecurities. She doesn’t need one more. She needs you to be the man that God created you to be and be that man for her.

While we are on the subject of fighting for your wife, kill your enemies. You know what they are. Pride, selfishness, fear, laziness, anger, just go ahead and put a gospel bullet in them.

Sex is not your enemy. The perversion of it is. Sex with your wife is both beautiful and wonderful. God created it that way. You can thank Him. Sex was His idea.

However, part of fighting for your wife means that you are guarding both your heart and your eyes. Your wife should be the only woman that you desire to see naked. As men, we do not need to see the breasts of another woman. We do not need that image in our minds. God did not give you your wife to compete with a girl on a screen.

God gave you your wife. She is a gift. Her eyes, her body, her lips everything that you enjoy about your wife is God’s gift to you. She is yours. Treat her like the gift that she is.

I know that my wife is in my corner. She is my greatest encourager and I thank God that He gave me my wife.

 

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Coaching Your Kids

10527821_10201811941529834_2108485541142846963_nDo you have a coaching mindset with your kids?

As the dad of two boys, I believe that we need to take more responsibility with how we raise our kids. We know that the Bible says that our kids are arrows. It is our job to shape them and sharpen them so that when we release them into the world, they pierce the kingdom of darkness with the light of the gospel.

Proverbs 22:6 tells us:

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I do not believe that the sole purpose of parenting is to raise your kids to go to college, get a degree, get a career, get married, buy a house, and have kids. Pushing our kids to pursue the American Dream rather than pursuing Jesus will be damaging in the long run. What is important to us will become evident, even magnified as our kids grow older. You reproduce what you are.

I believe the best way to parent kids is by coaching.

Don’t think football or basketball. Think discipleship.

God has called you to parent your children. Too many families in our culture today lack leadership in the home. Dad, it is time to step it up.

God created your kids uniquely. You will disciple them efficiently when you understand the way that they learn best. Your kids need to be stretched. Put them in uncomfortable situations and teach them to figure things out. They need to learn how to think on their own, Let them get creative and try to work things out. Let them make mistakes and let them learn from their mistakes. Let them know that you are always there to lead and guide them.

The goal here is to help your child to grow. As they progress in life, you are teaching them how to live life but you are also teaching them everything with a gospel – centered focus.

The Bible is our standard. As we are growing to meet the standard set by the Bible, we teach our kids to rise to meet the standard set by the Bible. We do not want to lower the standard.

Help your kids find out what God wants them to do and help them to see the importance of accomplishing that. You are there to come alongside. Help your kids understand that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide them.

Your kids need to know that you trust them and believe in them. That is very important. If they know that their dad believes in them, they will feel like they can accomplish anything.

When your kids fail, help them to reflect on the mistake they made and help them figure out how to not make the same mistake next time. Celebrate wins. Things that are celebrated will be reciprocated.

Kids learn fast. I want my kids to learn and grow but not at the cost of them running away from Jesus. I want to use my parenting to point my kids to Jesus.

God still operates in spite of our methods but we want to be the vehicle that He uses to train up our kids well. I believe that when it is time to release our arrows, we can present them shaped and sharpened well enough that they pursue Jesus, and make a dent in the kingdom of darkness.

I pray that God will draw my boys to salvation early and the Holy Spirit will conform them to Christ’s image.

Do you pray for your children? What do you pray for them?

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The Next 40 Years

10406466_10152429430000988_8307911024714687069_nHave you ever come to a place in your life and you took a moment to reflect on where you used to be, where you are now, and how God has been with you all along?

It is moments like these that we can either choose to ignore or we can learn much from them.

Learning helps you to grow.

It has been a little over three months since I turned 40. I have done a lot of thinking in that amount of time.

The first 40 years were not something I like to talk about. There are many places in my life where I would like to push the Do-Over button. Those places that we don’t like to visit, talk about, or remember have a way of teaching us. They help us to see the stubbornness or immaturity that we had and how much we have grown to get to where we are now.

I have a vision for the next 40 years. I know that by God’s grace, if I live to be 80, my life will be drastically different than the first 40 years. I don’t have a complete roadmap because God has already designed my path and I do not have all the directions. However, there are things that I can intentionally do to grow and become more like Jesus. The more I become like Christ, the more God will give me the directions for the roadmap.

The vision that I have for my life includes my wife, my boys, and FaithPoint.

Here is what I want my life to look like for the next 40 years:

  • I want to live out and obey Scripture and teach others to do the same.
  • I want to be a man of faith.
  • I want to be an example of what it looks like to be bold, and confident in Jesus.
  • I want to be exactly who Jesus has called me to be and live fully in that calling.
  • I want to be more of a godly husband and godly dad.
  • I want to pour my life out for the good of others.
  • I want to share the gospel with more people than I will ever possibly remember.
  • I want my house, my stuff and my life to be used to further the advancement of the gospel.
  • In addition to the Bible, I want to read more books than I watch television or movies.
  • I want my words to point people to Jesus; whether that is through speaking or writing.
  • I want to be tough when I need to be tough and gentle when I need to be gentle.
  • I want to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in my life.
  • I want to be focused, determined, disciplined and make better decisions.
  • I want to be the leader that God has called me to be and not the poor imitation of someone else.

This journey that we are on for the year of 2015 is going to be the catalyst to help me change. I believe that God is going to work in my life and my family and FaithPoint in ways that are going to blow our minds and we are going to better followers of Jesus because of it.

God doesn’t just want to change me. He wants to change you too. He wants to give you a vision for your life and He wants you to step fully into the calling that He has given you. He chose you to do a work that only you can do. He created this work and chose you to accomplish before the beginning of time. If you don’t know what that calling is, be patient and faithful. I believe that God will reveal that to you when you start becoming more obedient to what the Bible says.

This is going to be a journey that we never forget.

 

Childlike- Risk

mountain-bike-503738_1920My boys have no concept of danger. No one has told them that certain things that they might want to do might be impossible for him. No one has told them that the risk is too great. They have no idea what fear is. Obstacles mean nothing to them. They both look at a toy, or some other object and in their mind, set a goal. They want to acquire that object, usually the remote or my cell phone. They both go for it. There are no pie charts, there are no graphs or some Powerpoint presentation that calculates the risk. Both boys will push themselves to whatever limit is necessary for them to get what they want. It doesn’t matter if they fall down, bump their head, have obstacles in their path. They see what they want and they go after it no matter what it takes.

We should be as bold. Crippling fear has no place in the life of a disciple. What is it about living the life that Christ has called us to live that makes us over complicate what he says?

Fear cripples progress. We fail to achieve what God wants to use us to accomplish because we listen to people who tell us that it is impossible or that it doesn’t make sense. We are not to listen to the wisdom of man but to focus intently on God.

God has not given us a spirit of fear. If we trust God to lead us in some areas of our life, why not trust him with all of our life? It is time for us to give up control and give it all over to God. It is time for us to risk looking stupid and foolish. Risk being called names. Risk making mistakes. Risk it all for the sake of the gospel.

God, give us the boldness and confidence to follow you in complete obedience. Help us to risk being called names and looking stupid because following you and treasuring you is more important. Help us to never be too comfortable but to risk it all for the sake of the gospel. Amen.

What are you willing to risk to follow Christ?