In this two-part series about how to know your purpose or your calling I'm going to discuss two different ideas
One is based on the negative
The next piece will be based on the positive
Jumping right in -
So, what pisses you off??
Nothing fancy about it
Now, if you're the type of person that gets tweaked by all sorts of stuff, that's not what I mean
What sort of injustice or movement or trend that whenever you see it or experience it bothers you to the core of your being?
A significant part of the reason Instigation Nation was birthed was due to what I saw for years, in and around churches
It started with something I still remember very vividly
Not because I'm still bothered by it, not at all
It's because it was the first time I tried to exercise resolution of a conflict and use the bible's wisdom to do it
What happened when I tried brought me to disillusionment loudly & immediately
Let's define that word first so we're all on the same frequency
a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be
Source: The Google Monster
Now, the fact that I watched men I respected, and held in a place of honor in my heart CHOSE to defend wrong, no ... ignore the wrong was absolutely unbelievable to me at that time
These were pastors and pretty decent humans
I look back now almost 18 years and realize they were REALLY wrong but they made their choice
Shortly after that something very serious happened involving an older man and younger women that was handled nearly the same way... via chicken shittery
I was fucking pissed
That's the truth
That's when our involvement there ended
And on it went
Again, all forgiveness has been given. I'm sharing the story of how this came about
From so-called "pastors" taking advantage of their followers for their own side businesses outside the church to extremely unloving attitudes toward their own families to leaders or even regulars at churches being self-righteous pricks and putting heavy burdens on people, man, I've seen too much to let it rest
Now, something to understand about me:
I'm a born fighter, protector, & defender; it's how I'm built
I've NEVER been able to tolerate a bully or injustice
As a skinny little kid sometimes I kept my fearful mouth shut when I saw someone picked on but it bothered me deeply
Now that I'm a grown man with a moderately intimidating stare & a touch of psychosis I don't tolerate that crap, even though I'm still kinda skinny
Don't laugh, you're a little cray cray too 😉
The long and short of it is this, I've been sitting in churches and witnessing fake ass church folk way too long, taking notes on what I saw as misguided or whatever, and talking to friends over beer or wine about what I thought had to change
That's what I'm doing with Instigation Nation (18-minute Instigation Nation introductory video on YouTube)
I've been asked for a long time by people I meet if I'm a pastor
I've been told more than a couple times I "should start a church"
I don't believe I'm called to do that and frankly don't want anything to do with it
If God takes me there... fine
But I believe this is my route for now, and in some form, the long term
But I do have a vision of Instigation Nation serving churches so they can serve their people like Jesus would
Like, imagine this... IN will teach pastors how to be like Jesus. Lol, how funny is that?
I mean, we don't see too many that seem to understand how to do that
They're typically so full of... schooling that they forget there're PEOPLE sitting out there and moreover there are people DYING IN THE STREETS and marriages dying by the hour and kids abandoning their homes to escape the trauma
And too many pastors are talking about clothing and tattoos and sex and alcohol
To that I say, "What the fuck is wrong with you guys?"
Let's not forget the kids who grow up in forced religion and dogmatic standards that JESUS NEVER PUT ON PEOPLE
What happens when they graduate high school?
They deuce out ... FAST (they leave and they don't come back)
Actually, as soon as they can, they get drunk, hump the first piece of booty they can and get all tatted up... that's called a middle finger to the authorities who messed them up
And yet the pharisees will blame the parents that they've known for years or they'll simply lament over the "children being lost"
It's soooo cliche'
And that's why I am not the guy to start your next church
I'm the guy that sits with that kid when he's been out in the world for a bit and gives him hope that Jesus really is cool and awesome and loves him and isn't looking to slam his every move
I LOVE that part of my life
We will always serve people directly... NOTHING matters more than the souls of people
I believe there are A LOT of people out there starving for this message of freedom with their Creator
I believe a much fewer number are ready for this kind of message today
But that's going to change
As soon as more people stop being so freaking uptight and so easily offended, they're going to wake up to real life, the one Jesus knew completely
Look, I've studied and lived this stuff nearly every day of my life for 19 years, minus the 4 year bender I went on, but even then I held on to God... loosely (He held on to me tightly)
I know the pulse of the people who would walk with God if the people that claimed His name weren't such douche bags
Their pulse is weak and thready but it's there
Instigation Nation exists because I finally grew the courage or stopped disobeying God's call to speak up and put this message out there
For too long I let people suffer alone, disconnected from the real people that love Jesus, not the ones you see on Sunday putting on their weekly show... they do dress pretty though
Look, I know it's not all of them but it's more than enough to have millions of people say they believe in God but want nothing to do with His people (that's an outside link to an article worth your time, go to it when you finish this and it will make a lot of sense)
Facts are facts
And THAT is a major part of what we're disrupting
So, find that thing that won't let you go and bothers you to your core
You find that and you're well on your way to understanding why you were born
Because I promise you, God don't make no junk and you have something important to do and you can take that to the bank
Thanks guys, love you!
**PS. Part 2 is here - It's geared toward love and I'm going to give practical examples and a story or two
When we’re living from a place of faith we are calm, loving, others-conscious, confident, strong, steady, and have a clear peace of mind
In other words, we are at ease, living from well-being… or health (optimal functioning)
We make wiser decisions
We see more clearly
We move and make decisions more firmly
Meditation, or focused prayer, helps more than anything else I’ve ever found to get and stay in this state of faith
When we’re living from a place of fear we are nervous, scared, self-conscious, uncertain, weak, anxious and have a frazzled mindset
In other words, we are living from dis-ease as opposed to at ease when living by faith, which leads to all sorts of problems in our lives, as anyone who’s been an adult more than a day knows all too well
There is ONE THING Faith and Fear both require …
* Trusting in something we cannot see *
They’re simply on opposite ends of the spiritual spectrum
When living in faith, we start from love and trust believing that our best good will come out of whatever it is we’re applying it to
We’re using our imagination, thinking or believing that what is coming or what is happening is ultimately good for us, regardless of how it appears to our senses
We imagine different possible outcomes and even if there are unwanted ones imagined, we know we’ll get through it by responding with strength, confidence and gratitude
That’s only the beginning of how responding in faith will bless us
When living in fear, we start from lack, scarcity and belief that what is going on is going to hurt us or destroy us
We’re using our imagination, thinking or believing that what is coming or happening is ultimately bad for us
I define worry as applying negative imagination forward into the future with a lack of trust, no matter how near that future is (EG. we’ll fail the test tomorrow or lose our job this month)
I also believe it’s a perversion of the greatest human gift God ever gave us in our imaginations
SO! Be smart… either way, you’re trusting something you cannot see!
Choose love, knowing Jesus has nothing but goodness planned for you, regardless of the flat tire, the failed test, the divorce, the drugs, the weight gain, the lack of self-esteem, the diagnosis, the bankruptcy…
Choose to agree with God rather than agree with the Liar
After all, regardless, it is a choice
Choose the route that serves you not hurts you
Be patient while you’re making this a habit because it’s going to take a little time to overwrite the conditioning most of us have had to simply worry about everything
If you work at it, in a short time, you’ll notice a tremendous difference
I’ll leave you with a little “peace” of encouragement (like that play on words? 😉
While talking to followers, Jesus said,
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
*** This quote is from Matthew 11:28-30 The Message translation. Matthew was a real-time follower of Jesus. He worked alongside Him. Matthew was Jewish so he wrote mainly to the Jews of his time who were very religious & carried a lot of weight from those teachings. To help them understand who this radical teacher was, he shared from his personal experience being around Jesus and witnessing these events. Matthew helped these people understand Jesus wasn’t getting rid of what they knew or believed but to fulfill or complete their faith in God. This is a historical first-hand witness report ***
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Till next time… keep instigating
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