Church Planting · Community · Encouragement

I love 4/20 (just read it)

April 20th. Many people relate this day to certain things. Don’t be alarmed. I am not about to write about this topic. This day has certain meanings for different people, but this day is extra special to our family because it’s the day we moved to Asheville.

I remember closing on our house on this very day in downtown Asheville with an avid 4/20 rally just down the street and I thought to myself, “Man what have we gotten ourselves into?”.

It’s been 2 years today since living in Asheville. We have grown to love this city and the distinct culture. The anxious feeling of moving to a new city has started to subside. We are comfortable here (but not too comfortable). We know how to get around town and we are starting to blend in. Community is something we are finally finding. And we hold it close. Even our church plant has THRIVED through one year.

I can’t help but be overwhelmed by God’s provision and faithfulness. Even our Easter service was a reminder of this. The message this past Sunday was all about the story that we want to have. It was a reminder that we can make a choice to live a story that matters full of faith, obedience, and life found in Jesus or one that leads to the opposite.

I remember at one point on Sunday I looked at the crowd of people in our worship center and I was so thankful to be a part of God’s calling; His story. I was so thankful to be a part of a movement that’s desire is to gather people around Jesus and around one another. We get to do ministry with some of the most selfless, most loving, most talented people on the planet and it’s humbling.

It’s humbling to watch God’s story unfold. It’s humbling to watch him provide. It’s humbling to watch people serve and love one another in this city. It’s humbling to be a part of this journey God called us to almost 4 years ago. This story matters and it’s still being written. There is still more to unfold.

If you are wondering if your story matters, can I remind you that it does. Try trusting God with a dream, be obedient to him in the little and watch your story unfold before your eyes. I promise it will blow you away. You will feel so humble and in awe that it will leave you speechless. His provision and faithfulness doesn’t always look like a certain way. Sometimes his provision, sometimes true joy is only found elbow-deep in the rawness of the journey. I pray you find it, experience it, and are reminded of it today.

Choose today to be a part of the best story ever written; God’s story.

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