“To live, will be an awfully big adventure.” – James Barrie, Peter Pan.
My life has always thrived on adventure. When I was a kid, living in Florida, Disney and Star Wars obsessed (Definitely moved on from that obsession… ha-ha…), I remember throwing on a brown cape with two holes that I cut into in order to slip my arms through so that it could be my Jedi robe. I remember clipping my green lightsaber toy to my belt and running around outside near my cousins lake, pretending I was on the planet Naboo. I remember swinging on a swing set behind my Papa and Tita’s house (abuela y abuelo,) and when I would jump out of the swing, really high in the air, I believed I could fly just like Peter Pan.
While it would be considered “normal” if I did not have an imagination like that anymore, now that I am older, it would simply be a lie. I would not be telling you the truth if I said when I walk around Disney World, getting on to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride that a small part of me doesn’t pretend like I am a swashbuckling scalawag, for a brief moment. Or that when I watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi, that a small part of me didn’t pretend like I was a nomadic force user monk, involved in the action, for a brief moment. It would simply not be true, because even if I am 23 years old while I write this, I still consider my life one big adventure.
Well the adventure, just grew larger.
On December 31st I will be moving to Waukee, Iowa, to start a new job as the Student Ministries Director for Westwind Church. Ever since I was in high school and first felt God’s calling for me to preach his love and good news to young adults, I dreamed about being a youth pastor. I’ll be honest, I always believed that I would end up at my home church, Crossroads Church of Douglasville, because that is where my heart was. I have known the students who are now in High School since they were toddlers, the relationships were unprecedented. I love my home church, because they are family and so I always pursued to be there; but God has a plan for me. I was not always satisfied with God’s plans, and perhaps you are not either. I would think to myself often, “God I am 23 years old, I am single, and my seasonal job is coming to an end. How could your plans for my life look like this? I am not where I wanted to be by now!” Maybe you are going through some things, in the path of obedience to God, that you did not expect and now you are confused and frustrated. I would love to encourage you with a simple truth: trust God. Your life is in no greater hands than the almighty, sovereign author of time, the One who knows all of time, eternity past and eternity future. Trust the author, to write your story. With a pen in our hand, we would only write a story of brokenness. But in the hands of the Father, we receive a story with Jesus. With Jesus, your future is promised to be secure. With Jesus, your finances are promised to have purpose. With Jesus, your life is promised to have peace. With Jesus, your story is promised to end with true love. Trusting God is not easy, but what was once confusing and frustrating for me is now the same things that set me up for this new adventure! God’s plans for my life are perfectly timed: I am 23 years old, I am single, and my current job in a residency program is about to come to a close, the timing could not be more perfect. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
With Jesus, your story is promised to end with true love.
Just as he had made plans for Israel, from the beginning, to be His chosen people and be the people whom the Messiah came from; God has made plans for you, to prosper in His will by giving you a future filled with hope by sharing the best thing in the whole world, with the whole world: The Gospel. You can always been assured that no matter where you are, or where you are going, you can be fulfilling God’s calling for you, to share the gospel. The beautiful truth that Jesus came into this world, died and truly did rise again and ascend to heaven so that we could be empowered by God to change the world with His love until He comes again. My life has but one purpose, to share a powerful truth that is rooted in the gospel: Simply Love Jesus. I am very excited that God’s will is leading me to shepherd young adults in the state of Iowa, I am excited and ask for your prayers and support because a revival will be happening and I want you to be involved.
How you can be involved.
I will be posting a new blog at the end of every month (starting in January.) You can stay involved by engaging and sharing in this new adventure with me, when you subscribe to my blog you will receive an email every time a new blog is posted. Not only will I post a new adventure story of Iowa, but I will also be posting devotionals which all have the same bottom line: Everything makes a full circle back to simply loving Jesus. While that might seem a little strange now, to tell you the “point” to every devotional but if you stay connected you will learn how your anxiety, your stress, your anger, your addictions, your views on unity, your view on racism, your views on politics, how you thrive as a leader, how you live as a single person, anything and everything can actually be revolutionized with the pursuit of loving Jesus.
There will also be other fun bonuses in the upcoming future when you subscribe to this blog, including deals with my upcoming book, merchandise from myself and (maybe) other retailers. So don’t forget to subscribe and look forward to the adventure!
I love all of you in Georgia, but look out Iowa, here I come!