Fourteen years ago, I drove to Sacramento for a recovery event that changed the course of my life. This Saturday, I am leading a recovery event in Sacramento that could change the course of many other men’s lives. In just three days I will share stories and strategies from my book Life After Lust that have strengthened myself and many others in recovery. This event will bring hope to those caught in addiction, those long in recovery, and those just wanting to connect with themselves and grow.
I am SO excited!
I love how life gives us opportunities like this to turn our pain into purpose. As I creatively and strategically prepare for this event, I am both grateful for this opportunity and excited to plant powerful seeds that I trust will sprout into amazing fruit that will impact the world. Who knows, maybe some of these men will catch a glimpse of the hope of recovery, master what they learn, and someday lead others into healing and a changed life. It may sound unbelievable but I’ve seen such miracles. I’ve lived such miracles. If you want to see what potential is packaged in a handful of hours, join us this Saturday in Sacramento. I look forward to meeting you there, in just 3 days.
“There is one thing that every creative process has in common. Before a masterpiece comes into being, first it is exists in somebody’s mind. First and foremost, the artist has a dream, an intention, an inspiration. In the artist’s mind, he sees what he’s going to create before he creates it.” (Daniel Kolenda)
In gratitude and excitement, I want to announce the making of my first book! I have begun the process of transcribing this dream from my heart through my hands and I am committed to seeing this passion-driven project through.
This book is just as much about what I create as it is about what God will create in me through the experience. May we all live out the creativity that our loving Creator has formed in our hearts, trusting that in the process God will create a masterpiece in us.
“I think it’s your natural responsibility to be great. For you not to do whatever it takes to learn how to run your mind like a superstar and to make this your absolute best year yet, for you not to invest in becoming the person you know you’re meant to be, for you to play small with your life, for you to go to work and coast, for you not to do things that are difficult, for you not to lean into your fear, for you not to read, for you not to invest in your learning, for you not to populate your life with people who are better thinkers than you….is being out of integrity. It is being out of integrity to you, to your family, and to the world….You have a personal obligation, as do I, to be the best human being and to express the gifts and the talents you were born with. And if you don’t do that because you’ve fallen into mediocrity or because you’ve bought a bill of goods that the world has sold you that you’re average, that you’re ordinary, that the Beckhams and the Mandela’s are somehow different from you…well, that’s just not true. And you are breaching your own integrity and your own responsibility…the world is a (lesser) place and your family is less happy because you’re not living at your best.” – Robin Sharma
For some, such a mindset is liberating and empowering. Others may feel repelled by this rationale, resisting the idea of personal greatness, believing it is prideful or unchristian. For me, these words suffuse a similar scent as Jesus’ teaching on the “Parable of the Talents“? This parable has deeply motivated me in the past and I believe its truth is for us all. We have an obligation to God, to ourselves, and to all of humanity to take what we’ve been given and multiply it for God’s glory and for the good of mankind. We step into sin when we take this responsibility lightly. May we all learn to live in integrity as we embrace the life we were created to live, maximizing the gifts on loan from God. When we do, the whole world will be blessed.