Please don’t hold me up at the model Jesus-Follower. Some days I am a total mess. Okay a lot of days. Okay pretty much all the time.
I don’t have all the answers and I am insanely skeptical of anyone who claims to. The truth is:
We’re all on our own journey with God and He will meet us exactly where we’re at.
For so long I judged my faith based on how often I screwed up. My view of God was rooted in the less-than-ideal earthly men of my childhood—distant, quick to anger, never acknowledging my hard work and accomplishments.
Lately, that distorted view of God has been shifting in a beautiful way. God is teaching me to focus on the good, focus on the people I’ve been able to serve and help.
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Maybe that looks like going back to church after years away. Maybe that is volunteering to help someone in need. Maybe that’s playing with your kids for a few hours. Maybe that’s reading your bible or listening to a sermon.
For me, it started with a simple yes to teach 5th and 6th grade Sunday Schoolers 6 years ago. Then a yes to adding Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, mentoring, a small group, a Young Adults Group, a short-term Mission to Zimbabwe and Haiti, starting a blog, doing crazy things like the How Can I Help Project and my 26 Random Acts of Kindess. Eventually to start writing a book and launching my own ministry.
In a line, it seems like a lot. In the moment it’s just one small yes. Followed by another.
We can talk theology and church politics until the seven horses of the apocolypse come home, but I think the essence of faith is simple: wake up everyday and give God one small yes.
What God opportunity might you be able to say yes to today?
This is my next yes:
Here are the deets:
Starting August 14th, I’ll be speaking at least 7 times in 4 states across 2,800 miles.
8/14/17 – Teens, Depression & Suicide: What to Look for & What We Can Do to Save Lives – First Baptist Church, Stryker, OH – 7pm 8/18/17 – Youth Group Event – Queens Herald Church, Queens, NY – (closed to the public).* 8/19/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win – 6pm – Throop Civic Center – 500 Sanderson St, Throop, PA 18512 8/20/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win 10:30am and 6:30pm – Rescue and Restore Church – Church Services – 125 Lackawanna Avenue Olyphant, Pennsylvania, PA 18447 8/22/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win – 7pm – Nokomis, IL –First Baptist Church Of Nokomis – 211 E South St, Nokomis, Illinois 62075 8/23/17 – Choose to Live: The Day Suicide Didn’t Win -7pm – Hillsboro, IL Hillsboro High School (Illinois) – 522 E Tremont St, Hillsboro, Illinois 620498/22/17 – Youth Group Event – Nokomis, IL
*All events are open to the public unless noted.
Please keep me in your prayers these next few weeks as I prepare to leave. I would especially appreciate emails or notes of encouragement as I anticipate this trip is going to stretch me in difficult and wonderful ways. [I would love to come speak to your community! Check out my Speaking Page where you can fill out a request form.]
Finally, last night I held my first ever Facebook Live event! It was actually really fun and not nearly as scary as I expected. Thanks to everyone who made time to hang out. If you missed it, here’s the replay!
The greatest Facebook Live from a Methodist Church basement ever… probably! Sam Eaton shares about the history and future of Recklessly Alive Ministries as well as an exciting announcement! (The announcement happens at 18:10) Posted by Sam Eaton on Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Thank you for all your prayers and support as I prepare for the tour.
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