My sister told me the other day that “epic”, “awesome”, and “amazing” seem to be my new favorite words. While I don’t know if I would categorize them as favorites (seeing that I don’t even really realize when I use them) I would say I’ve been in need of new descriptive words for describing my life and right now all I can think of is “epic”, “awesome”, and “amazing!”.
First off, I have been meeting so many amazing people. There are lots of people in this world and we will never be able to meet everyone. But what do you do when it feels like more and more amazing people keep
crawling crashing into your life with amazing stories, wisdom, guidance, and friendship? I’ve been back from Florida for almost a year and God has blessed me with such great community its nuts. So much blessing there are times I don’t know what to do with it all. I would say it’s one of those good problems to have for sure. All we really can do is bless His name and learn to be servants in these new communities and help one another! In the next few months I hope to showcase some of these amazing people with the hope that they might inspire you as they have greatly inspired me. So here’s to amazing people.
In addition to community and friends, I have been reading some awesome books! Let me start out by saying I never really “read” unless it was for school or the Bible. But even those I was never that “excited” about. Better yet, I never really had a hunger. Some awesome books that I highly recommend would be “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis (I don’t know how I never read this one), “Orthodoxy” by G.K Chesterton, “Meaning of Marriage” by Tim Keller, “The Hole in Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns, THE BIBLE, “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan, and “Real” by Daniel Darling. Not really sure how this happened (it’s probably those amazing people I was talking about before that inspired me), but I read all those books and not only enjoyed them but was shaken, moved, challenged, and motivated. So here’s to the awesome joy of reading.
Finally, I have been living an epic adventure! I don’t think we always realize how epic life is, how amazing this world is with breath, air, trees, dirt, water, even food. I climbed St. Helens for the first in a ridiculous outfit with a trash bag (that’s a story in itself). I went hiking and ran into my pastor, literally in the middle of nowhere, not sure if it had significance, but that was epic. I went camping a few times and am planning to go hiking again and kind of hope it rains because that will be epic. I love the idea of picking point A and point B on a map and taking a few days to hike between them with little to no provisions and trying to survive. A few others and me are starting to condition and work towards that. I will let you know how that goes. Here’s to more hiking, more exploring, and standing in awe with how epic God has made our world!
I don’t know how to encourage you enough to get you out of your comfort zone and reach out to people, but just do it, and you might be amazed by the people you meet. I can’t tell you enough how much books have kind of changed my life, if you don’t read like I did, pick up a book, you never know if you will find an awesome one. Take a breath and wonder about it. Touch the wind and marvel at it. Take a bite of pizza and just be happy about it. Go on your own epic adventure and praise God for it.
Blessings brothers and sisters!