Repent

#26 Practice Patience

#26 Practice Patience

People often ask what convinced me to surrender my sexuality to Christ, despite him not changing my orientation.  They ask as if there’s a secret truth or special verse that did a magic trick in my heart, mind, and soul.  What convinced me is the same thing that convinces you, my friend – God’s goodness.   I had walked with Him long enough to be convinced that He could be trusted to fill my soul and satisfy my heart even if I gave him the very thing I thought would fulfill me most and came the most natural to me. 
            So can you practice patience by surrendering your ideas of what others should repent of next?

#21 Level The Playing Field

#21 Level The Playing Field

                 We sometimes lack the ability to give people space to wrestle with God. I’ve noticed that this creates tension IN US as we are attempting to minister to others... someone repenting, or simply turning from sin, becomes more about us (and our comfort) than it is about them.
           It’s important to remember that when the subject of repentance comes up, I want to help facilitate, shepherd, and steward this mentality & atmosphere.  I hope this paints a picture marked by gentleness & patience rather than the “turn or burn” mentality that historic, American Christianity has been shaped by.  I remember in those moments my experience with the invitational way that God has called me to repentance, rather than His demand for obedience.....