one week away…

8 01 2009

So one week from today I have been given an opportunity to speak at our first chapel of the semester here at GCU.  I am really excited but at the same time pretty nervous.  I have been asked to share “my story” with the students.  The students have spoken here at the University and thats what they have enjoyed the most when it comes to what speakers talk about.  

I’m excited to see how God moves through the whole experience.  I have been given a story along with the rest of us and am excited to share about God’s grace that has been given to me throughout my life.  

Last year when our office came up with the theme of Pursue Authenticity, Engage in Community, and Impact the Word, the one that hit home the most was pursue Authenticity.  This is something that I think allows people connect the most with others and something that needs to happen before true community can be built.  People desire to be around people who are authentic.  The hard part is though that true authenticity can sometimes be messy.  Some people aren’t always ready to see the good, bad and the ugly of one’s life.  The reality is though, even in the messy times, it is still a piece of who we are.  It may represent the past, the present or could be apart of our future.  Living a life of true Authenticity though involves surrounding yourself  with people that are willing to journey with you as you sift through it all, the good and the bad.  This is where community is developed and so the process begins.  

So please pray for me next wednesday, the 14th as I speak to our student body at Chapel.  I pray that I would be able to communicate the Grace and Truth that has brought me to the present day.  Life hasn’t always been easy but it has been neat to look back at my life and see how God has been guiding me, even through some of the bad choices.  I pray that God’s provision in my life would be able to encourage others who may be going through some of the same struggles that I have been through in life.  I pray that people would be encouraged to not let bad circumstances be a crutch for them in life but would embrace difficulties and press on to over come the odds and statistics.  So there ya have it…

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9 01 2009
Chad

Excited for ya dude! It will go great. Appreciate your thoughts on authenticity. It is tough especially as a leader over others. Many aren’t ready for the truth; they like their version of it better.

Preach it up! Wish I could be there to hear it!

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