Updated: Jan 17
"Wholeheartedness is the way in which we "let go of what we thought we needed in order to experience what we already have" - Justin Zoradi, author
I would classify, 2019 as being a coasting year. I had lows and I had highs but for the most part, my lows were nothing out of the ordinary that I couldn't handle and my highs were something I did not really see. I often sit back and think and say to my self: "man God did some crazy things in my life, and I am so blessed to be a part of it". I often need to remind myself that the whole journey is to “be” not to “do”. In 2018, I felt this radical "transformation of becoming" by moving out of the home I grew up in, into a trailer with no bathroom and power. I did this for nine young men living on the streets, abandoned at a young age by their families. I realized that year that the exercise of faith is the surrendering of becoming what God needs us to be.
Psalm 37:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[a]
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
Many of us base our faith on our internal expectation of the desires of our hearts and when they don't come in the time we want, or in the way we want it, we no longer want to act on faith because we no longer believe, yet we still do the "doing part"! We go to church, pray when needed and say what we think is right, yet our lives reflect little of one of the most powerful gifts we have been given. If we look at this scripture we see that everything in it is describing the becoming, and only when we focus on the becoming do our desires become fulfilled. Surrendering to the becoming is an unshakeable faith, because every struggle, every battle, every joy and every accomplishment will be processed as a growing moment of the "becoming".
I recently read a book that I highly recommend: Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf. One of the quotes he states is: “everyone wants to be great until it’s time to do what greatness requires”. The majority of this book talks about chopping wood for the community and carrying water for the community - outwardly focused activities. The author did this for 10 years! One of the questions that was asked in the book is: if you take away everything you do, who would you say you are? The book teaches that to be great, you must look at chopping wood and carrying water as it’s the process that builds your charter of who you are becoming. Focusing on outward activities to serve others, will prepare you for the success and greatness that is to come. It will train you to be in the moment and look at every little thing as an opportunity to become!
Another powerful book I read recently is: Made For This Times by Justin Zoradi. He has a chapter called "Romero To The Rescue" it is based on Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador and served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty and social injustice. The chapter covers the understanding as much as we may want to do so much and feel like there is much we need to accomplish, the bigger view in God’s eyes is we are only one puzzle piece of the bigger picture. Zoradi writes: "the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work”. This is a reminder to focus on the becoming and doing. When we think of Jesus, we see that he didn't come and preach, rather he died for us so that we can be a part of the big picture. He came to teach us how to "become", so that we can teach others to become rather than doing.
I'm excited about the becoming part of my life and seeing what God will do every moment. This is what it means to be present with God. I'm excited to see what God will do with these boys and most of all, I am excited to see what God will do with you!
Last Quote: Our shortcomings are not only normal but purposeful - Justin Zoradi, author
God bless Family!
Links for book recommend:
" Made For This Times" - Justin Zoradi - Click Here
" Chop wood Carry Water" - Joshua Medcalf - Click Here