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Do Something Hard

do something hard

do something hard

In a world with devastation, heartache, tragedy and darkness in every news cycle, I often feel the temptation to withdraw…to become complacent, like much of my generation.

It seems easier to get lost in my gym routines, my toddler’s newest word or bruise, career hopes, family dreams. But my heart yearns for more. As a Christ follower, I know the decree He gives us to GO. I know I am blessed in order to be a blessing. I know I am made to roar, and fight injustice, and battle against principalities and powers. But when will it stop? What good will this one good work do? Will this one act make any difference what so ever? It is in these moments, when we are asking these questions, that we must choose to continue to lean into the chaos, push into the conflict, address the tension. When we find ourselves begin to withdraw into our personal world, it is time to say “yes” to the fight.

God’s specialty is bringing wholeness in the midst of the brokenness.  In the right-here-and-now of what seems like this hopeless reality, He sits in authority and calls each of us into action for His glory and our good.   When the brokenness of the world seems like too much to handle, and like our work won’t make a difference, that is when we MUST take action.  

These are the times to suck it up, and do something hard. 

I have received some inspiration lately from this poem:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.” – Mother Teresa

It would be easy to sit back and choose to be indifferent towards the seemingly never ending cycle of evil. This choice would not cost me anything, except an occasional guilty conscience.  The hard thing is to lay down our lives in the hope that we will indeed find true life as we lean into the chaos, not away from it, and do something hard.

This choice will cost us everything, but it’s a fair price.

Are you ready to do something hard? Want to shake off the passivity of our generation and FIGHT the darkness?

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How DTS Changed My Life

How DTS Changed My Life

how dts changed my life

A black hole is what I saw in my future. As a 21 year old young man, it’s absolutely depressing to not know what your future holds. It was even more shattering to see a black hole, a future without any light.

I desperately needed someone to interrupt my journey into this black hole. I needed help! Out of nowhere I kept hearing about an organization I had never heard about, YWAM. I took a leap of faith and signed up to do a DTS to see if somehow I could reconcile the predicament I was in.

These are the top 3 ways DTS changed my life, forever.

I MET THE “I AM”

In the six months of my DTS I saw God in a new paradigm, saw Him up close. It was a moment of enlightenment of who He was and how He sees me. I saw Him as a father. I saw Him as a shepherd. I saw Him as a friend with whom I could communicate my heart with, who is willing to listen and talk to me.

 

I MET MYSELF

 

I found myself for the very first time. I always lived according to other’s expectations, and let situations and my past define me and where I was headed in life. I began seeing a version of me that I never saw before. I saw the original design that God had in mind when he created me. I was set free! I saw the world in a new light, saw opportunities to make a difference, to live, not just to exist.

I MET FRIENDS FOR LIFE

All of this happened in the context of a community. I had people who did not see me for who I was in the moment but rather who I could be. They knew my story and believed in me, which helped propel me towards what God had for me. It was no longer me fighting alone, I had an army behind me.

I didn’t know what my future was holding, but I knew Who was holding my future. I saw Jesus in my future. That is all I needed.

Psalms 119: 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

In the time that the psalms were written, the lamps only had enough light for one step at a time.

That’s all they could see. The next step.

All I need to know is the next step, and to be faithful to obey Him in that next step.

What’s your next step?

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3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

3 Signs You Should Do a dts

3 Signs You Should Do A DTS

1. Are you thirsty?

“He cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.” John 7:37b-28 (The Message)

Jesus has revealed to His Creation that He alone truly satisfies, and He alone will serve us never ending cups of cool living water. The DTS is for the thirsty, those who have begun to realize that the world around us can not quench the ever present yearning for purity, for rest, and for truth.

2. Are you burning?

“But if I say, “I will not remember Him

           Or speak anymore in His name,”

           Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire

           Shut up in my bones;

           And I am weary of holding it in,

           And I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah 20:9 (NAS)

 

The truth of the gospel is a flame within us. It is meant to be a light by which we lead others to the cross of Christ. But if we keep our mouths shut, if we remain motionless in our comfort and refuse to speak out in faith, we will burn from the inside out. The DTS is for those who ache to share truth, for those who long to be trained on how to release this light into the world, and for those who can keep silent no longer.

3. Are you willing?

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

We live in a world that is obsessed with comfort and personal rights. We’ve been told our whole lives to prioritize our own personal welfare above all else. But what if this is a false safety? What if true comfort lies not in an unending bank account, a relationship, a status? What if true comfort lies, instead, in the hands of a sacrificial Savior? The DTS is for anyone who realizes that life is too short to take another step without the leadership of Jesus, for those who have a voice crying out in their heart, “Here I am, Jesus, send me!”, and for those who desire to lay aside their personal agenda in order to follow in His footsteps, no matter the cost.

The Discipleship Training School offers a place and space to explore, to wrestle, to seek, to find, to ask, to dream, to ponder, and to chase.

The DTS is for anyone with a thirst for the extraordinary, a hunger for the eternal, an aching to see oneself and one’s generation transformed for the glory of God’s love, and a willingness that says, “take me anywhere, Lord, I’ll do anything”.

God’s Goodness in Grief.

God’s Goodness in Grief.

God’s Goodness in Grief

“Brittany, you must remember,” my grandma said through tears and a mourning heart, “God is still good.”

She spoke these words to me right after the death of her husband of 60 years. My grandaddy, whom I adored, had fallen ill and went to be with Jesus pretty quickly. He and my grandma were the perfect picture of marriage to me growing up. I watched them as the years went by and contemplated in my heart that this had to be what true love looks like. He and she caring for each other tenderly and still in love as if they were newlyweds.

To give you an idea of what it looked like, at some point in the latter years of my grandaddy’s life, he lost the sense of touch in his fingertips due to diabetes and other health issues. His biggest fear, as expressed to my grandma in anguish, was that when he would touch her face he would not be able to ever feel it again.

 

This man. He loved her well. She loved him well until the very end of his days. What it must feel like to lose someone that you have adored and cherished for 60 years is beyond me. I have only been living on this earth for half of that time. I was always worried about how my grandparents would handle losing the other into eternity. So when I saw that my​ grandma was in total peace​, I was in shock all the more.​

 

This realization led me to reflect on her words that she spoke, “God is still good.” I started thinking about what she meant ​in​  these words. This was coming from a woman who has lived on this earth for 80 years. A woman who I expected to fall apart over her loss. Instead, this woman turned out to be a lot stronger than I anticipated, and was walking in total peace because of the love of her Savior.

After all, God was her first love.

This kind of love only comes out of relationship. A sacred union between two individuals walking together day in and day out. Sharing everything together – secrets, fears, dreams, heartaches, and goals; expressing moments of vulnerability and pain, and working things out together when times get rough.

Rainbows come only after the rain. My grandma developed a permanent rainbow throughout her years on this earth because she realized that no matter what – God is still good.

Where are your thoughts today? Are they reflecting on a lifetime of provision from a merciful Shepherd? Or are they stuck on the negative, resisting the only hands that will ever truly feed you? I know where mine are.

I’m choosing to speak truth today. That no matter what has happened or what is to come, God is still good.