When Your Not a Fan of Jesus...

images My family hasn't really moved a whole lot, if I were to really think about it - we have really only moved two times in our family's seventeen years of existence. Sure we've moved more than that, but they were tiny moves, you know the cross-town moves, or the moving to the city ten minutes away type of move! These small moves were significant, but they were not life changing. The two big moves, as I like to call them, were “life changing" moves! We moved several states and paradigm shifts away from our comfort zone. The "big two" changed everything! We were no longer near our security blankets - our families, friends, hometown, financial security, job security, and culture familiarity. Each move in it’s own way was different, yet the same. The first time we moved, our family was young, unseasoned, innocent, scared, but optimistic. The second time we moved, we were older, experienced, savvy, scared, and skeptical! The common thread in both of these moves was the fact that we decided to no longer be a fan of Jesus! What this meant was that we decided to allow him to be a part of our lives, to be a part of our decision making, in the big things and the little things… We believed that Jesus was asking us to change the way we did things; we were being asked to be an active part of his plans.

I wish I could tell you that once we made the decision to move from being a fan of Jesus to actively being a participant everything went smoothly! You know the thing that every Christian experiences when they decided to actively be a part of God’s plans – that “God has everything worked out and prepared for us, the “our house sold before we even put it up for sell, or we both had jobs lined up that would double our salaries from what we made before” type of things.” Well it didn’t quite work out like that... We’ve experienced difficulties in selling homes (We are still trying to sell our house in Missouri). We’ve experienced being in our house when it was hit by a tornado (We didn’t need a hedge of protection that time, but a steele curtain of protection). At times we can be home sick, sometimes the budget is tight, our kids have been affected, like missing friends and grandparents (No there are not in therapy or on medications for emotional trauma), and other things that go along with life-change.

However, those things are small in comparison to all the awesome and amazing things we have experienced when we decided to no longer sit in the bleachers like a fan, but become a player in the game! Some of the cool things we have experienced as a result of not being a fan of Jesus are - as a family we have grown closer together (It’s hard for in-laws to get in the way when they live three states away), we’ve made a ton of friends (Shoot I have 883 friends on Facebook alone J…), and we get to live about 35 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park... Plus, we have been able to see God move in our lives in a way that we would have never seen otherwise! We know God is always faithful, He is never late, He always give us what we need, my kids have stories to share about a living God who has moved in their lives, my wife knows that true security comes from God, and ultimately we all know that this planet – this world is not our home, but our home, our place of belonging is with our Creator! Being a fan of Jesus doesn’t mean he likes you less, it just means you miss out on experiencing and knowing him now, which could make for an awkward tomorrow with him…