It is quite safe to say that God has gifted me with the ability to speak, and frankly to do so loudly. I have been speaking since a very young age, at youth events and leading large bible studies. I believe in the power of telling stories, being vulnerable and relating to people in a way that is approachable. I tend to see life in analogies, every situation can teach us a lesson, and I believe God has gifted me that way for the very reason of communicating with his people. While I can speak on many things there are a few topics that really get me amped up.
I have a heart for the global church, uniting believers across denominations and reminding them that we are on the same team. That apart from our differences we are called to the same great mission; to love God, to love our neighbors, and to spread the gospel.
I believe the future of the church lies in inter-generational relationships. Elders speaking wisdom and love into the lives of the youth and children; and the Youth bringing new life, ideas and passion into the lives of the elders.
My greatest passion, however, is holistic living. Not the granola, neo-spiritual (sun, moon and stars), no bathing kind of holistic... even though I do like granola. But approaching our lives with the understanding that God belongs in every aspect of how we live. We need to include him not only in the spiritual but in the emotional, the relational and the ever popularly ignored physical parts of our lives.
It is in doing this that we can fulfill the calling of Romans 12:1...
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable.
This is truly the way to worship him.
The role God plays in our lives is not limited to our Sunday morning rituals, nor is it restricted to the times that we sit down during the week to read the Bible and have devotions. The role he plays is intricately connected to our physical selves, our emotional self, and our relational self. As someone who thinks in pictures I believe the best analogy for this is viewing ourselves as the temple of God (1 Cor 3:16-17 and 1 Cor 6:19-20). This picture enables us to use Solomon's temple as a blueprint for ourselves, and this analogy helps explain the connection and influence that each area of our life has to one another.
What do I sound like?
Seasons of Wait
Years ago I recognized that I had put God in a box. I had compartmentalized my faith so that I didn't have to include God in every single corner of my life but that I got to choose where he was "allowed" to be. As I began to dig deeper into his word I realized just how involved God wants to be in my life, in all areas of my life... how we are called to live holistically. Where our faith is weaved into our relationships, into our work, into our families, and even in our approach to our physical health and fitness. While involving God in some of these areas can be uncomfortable, it is with stepping outside of our 'comfort zones' that we begin to step into the men and women God has called us to be.