Archives For Desire

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:27

Think of the character and identity of God. Think of what he is able to do and the scope of his desires. God’s image is reflected in every human being ever born. Our lives were meant to reflect all that identifies and characterizes God.

As young children, before we learn to second-guess ourselves…or before we believe false words or things about us, we experience a free mind. At boot camp, we often ask guys to share what they wanted to be when they grew up. We love to hear those stories. If we stop and remember some of those dreams, we can tap into what was lost or stolen along the way.

Doug wanted to be a pilot from the first time he saw a squadron of planes land and take off on his Aunt B’s property at the young age of four. Watch Doug’s story begin…

As Doug explained in part one, the enemy tried to destroy not only Doug’s dream of becoming a pilot, but his entire family – and a legacy of people following after God’s heart. We have seen this pattern over and over. God awakens a desire early on, and even though that dream might go dormant or seem destroyed, He will, at another time, reawaken it…if we are willing to give our lives to him. It took three decades for Doug to begin his journey to becoming a pilot. Watch how that unfolded…

Discouragement may take hold when a desire is reawakened, but having it fulfilled seems impossible. We can explain it away as life, or bad luck…but what God is always up to in a man or woman’s life is deepening his relationship with us – healing and preparing a foundation in our lives. While Doug remained uncertain how or when he would be able to get his pilot license, he did know God was excavating and restoring areas of his life…

All of us have a call on our lives – a bestowed glory from God that uniquely shows the character and design of the Father. Jesus said, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. And that abundant life is SO WORTH FIGHTING FOR – though to experience it, it’s essential you let God heal whatever personal brokenness or stronghold stands in your way, lay down everything and say yes to him.

If you have not been to a boot camp, and this has stirred something in you, we encourage you to join us. Learn more on our events page. Also, consider sharing Doug’s story with a friend who needs to hear it. 

Russel Crowe is RadiatorI swung through a church the other day and happened to pick up a pamphlet for their men’s ministry. In bold letters it says “Live The Adventure in Christ” and beneath that is a grainy picture of four men in a drab colored hallway with paint rollers.

Painting? Seriously?
Jesus offers “life to the full” and the best you can come up with is busy work?

But really that’s the kind of thing we see almost everywhere we look, not just in church. It’s a foundational plank in how western culture manages men these days. Have you ever heard somebody say something like “The greatest adventure you’ll ever live is [insert obligation]”. That kind of thinking rises up from a world of undressed wounds where playing it safe is  a primary motivation. When we’ve been hurt deeply and nobody was there to play a father’s role of interpretation and initiation for us, then the desire to avoid pain is often the best motivation we have left. So we only take on the challenges we know we can win. We only risk what we can afford to loose. We take that soul-deep desire for adventure and try to channel it into artificial adventures like sports.

But what troubles me most about this brochure is that these folks should know better. They’re using the language, arguably calling man into the deep and powerful life of spirit…and then offering chores. It’s a horrible bait and switch and acts to convince millions of earnest Christian men and women that the biggest, most important thing the King of the Universe has for them is service.

If the version of the Gospel you heard goes something like “Sin less, give more, sit down.” then please believe me that there is MORE.