My Next Yes

Yes

6 months ago, I got a new tattoo.  Nothing elaborate, just a word. One word… on my wrist. You can’t see it when my hands are at my sides or my palms are facing down. But it’s there. And when my hands turn over, palms up, there it is…

yes.

3 letters and a punctuation mark. Simple enough, right? What appeared to be no more than a mere one-syllable word had in fact quickly become a pronounced theme IN my life, and I arrived at the conclusion that I wanted it to be the theme OF my life.  I wanted the ever-present reminder. Palms up, hands open, to what comes and what goes…

yes.

On one hand, I supposed it all started April 13, 2012 when I boarded a plane headed for Nairobi, Kenya with a missions team from Cross Point, a copy of Bob Goff‘s brand new book, “Love Does”, in hand. A central theme woven throughout much of the book was the idea of imagining what could be possible in the life of a person who would “just say yes” to God. I read the book cover to cover on that flight, and it began to shape my heart in ways that would play out dramatically over the next 6 months.

Though at first glance you could say that was the beginning of my “yes”, I’ve since come to realize that the power of “just saying yes” has shaped my life for many years, I just didn’t realize it. Continue Reading…

 

Not Forgotten

3 years after the bottom fell out of my life, God’s faithfulness has scripted an incredible and unexpected twist in my story that only He could have written. As those of you who know me personally and those of you who have followed my story for awhile know, my life took a significant turn a few years ago. I’ve written and shared about that a few times, like here.

For those who don’t already know or haven’t followed along, here’s a brief recap to get you up to speed: I spent the bulk of 8 years working in the music business, primarily in management roles. In early 2009, God allowed me to see that my career and achievement had become very much an idol to me, something I leaned into to give me worth, validation, identity and approval in place of His; something it was quite ill-equipped to do.

I stepped off a plane in Nashville after a work trip to New York City on December 19, 2009 and never took another one. Around 2 weeks later, the bottom fell out of everything, including my heart. I had become someone I didn’t want to be in order to have this dream for myself that I thought made me SOMEBODY. My heart had become sick with success and I began to understand that I needed a detox from my addiction to achievement. Continue Reading…

 

Shifts, Shapes & Seasons

Something happened to me 6 months ago. I couldn’t tell you at the time that it had happened, but a series of events were set into motion that have wrecked and reshaped my heart in so many ways over the past 6 months. I didn’t see it coming, but I’m so thankful it did.

The Shift

On April 13, 2012, I boarded a plane with a missions team from Cross Point Church headed to Nairobi, Kenya. I went there expecting one thing, and left with much more. On the flight, I read Bob Goff‘s new book “Love Does”, literally finishing it as we taxied to the gate in Nairobi. Reading that book caused something to come alive in me that I don’t know how to explain, but I do know that it kicked open a door in my heart. I was particularly moved by Bob’s comment and challenge that “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”  That stuck with me. Continue Reading…

 

Conversations

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything here, though I don’t think it was from a lack of things to say. I seem to blog in waves and seasons. In some seasons, there is a lot going on and I have a lot to say about it. Those are the times when this blog has been a spiritually cathartic outlet for me to process and share the story being written on the pages of my life, often in real time.  In other seasons, it seems I’m more focused on living the stories, knowing there will be a time to tell them later.  The last 5 months have very much been the latter, but I feel like it’s time to start talking again.

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Back To Africa

I’ve decided to declare a brief moratorium on my gross neglect of my blog long enough to share this bit of info.  :)

Today I am headed to Africa with a team from my church, Cross Point.  Specifically, we will are headed to Nairobi, Kenya.

It has been 4 years since I was last in Africa, but this will be my 4th trip to the continent. Between 2006 and 2008, I made 3 other journeys there, spending time in both Nigeria and South Africa. They were work trips for concerts and events with the artists I worked for at that time.  I’m very thankful to have had that opportunity but I’ve always said those were very “padded” experiences. We stayed in nice hotels, had security, etc. You name it. The works. This trip will be quite different. Continue Reading…

 
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