Blessed to Bless

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Blessed to Bless

Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap—Luke 6:38

Have you been blessed? [Pause for a moment to consider.] What’s your reaction to that question? Is it easy to see how and how much you’ve been blessed? Or is it difficult, especially with so many people around who’ve been blessed more? Well, make no mistake; all of us have been blessed (Genesis 1:28). I mean, do you have a job, some money, enough to eat, a safe place to live, family, some friends, a church, or an education? It may be in unique ways and in varying degrees, but we’ve all been blessed . . . abundantly.

So how then should we think about these blessings? I mean, how can we reconcile the fact that we’ve been blessed with so much—so much more than countless men and women alive right now in other parts of this country and around the world?

The only way to think about our blessings, brother, is to view them as means to bless others. And the only way to view ourselves, then, is blessed to bless others. You see, knowing what we do about God and about his intentions for us (Matthew 22:36-39), how could we ever conclude otherwise? How could we ever conclude that we’ve been blessed simply so that we may live in comfort and security and isolation? What kind of story would that be, anyway? No, we must view these blessings as personal invitations into God’s much greater story of blessing other people.

Look Again, Harder This Time

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Look Again, Harder This Time

. . . and they shall call his name Immanuel
. . . God with us—Matthew 1:23

We men often feel alone. Even surrounded by family, friends, work colleagues, we can still feel very much alone. These feelings—not of loneliness, but alone-ness—are most acute, of course, in times of stress or struggle or suffering. You see, it’s when we’re most in need of help and companionship that we’re most apt to be convinced that no one’s going to help or no one’s going to understand . . . maybe not even God. Right? I mean, in those dark moments, it can feel like God’s just not there, or has turned away. In one of his dark moments, King David cried out: “I am cut off from your sight” (Psalm 31:22).

The truth is, God is always there, inevery moment, bright and dark. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God doesn’t abandon us in dark moments, even when our sin causes the darkness. So we must learn to see him, even in those moments. One great way to learn is to look backwards, at dark moments from our pasts, moments when we felt alone, and look for him once more, a bit harder this time.

Here’s One of My Non-negotiables ⏩

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My brother,

I’ve got to tell you . . . I believe in community. I believe in the power of finding a few other guys—one guy, even—and meeting on a regular basis, so that God can do his work in our hearts and in our lives. Community, for me personally, has become one of my few “non-negotiables.”

But, why? Well, for a few reasons. “Two are better than one,” Scripture tells us—we’re stronger, less vulnerable, together. “For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:10).

Even more important, though, Jesus tells us that he’s uniquely present when we gather together. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20). You see, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. Therefore, when we gather, the power of the Spirit is able to flow from one to another and back. When we gather, the work of God is done: confessions are made; sins are repented; love and compassion are expressed; hearts are healed; encouragement is given; lives are transformed. Men are lifted up—up out of sin and rebellion, and into life and identity and calling. Life is lived in a way that it cannot be in isolation.

That’s why, if WiRE has begun to impact your life, even in a small way, I want to lay down a challenge for you: pay it forward. If WiRE has begun to impact your life, I want you to share it with someone else. You good with that?

Okay, here goes . . .

  • Quiet your mind for 10 seconds—close your eyes, if you’d like;
  • Now, ask God . . . “Who do I know who would benefit from WiRE?”
  • What thoughts come? A face? The name of a friend, a colleague, a brother, a father, a son?

Once you have your person in mind—or maybe two or three—I want you to send them an email or a direct message today. Tell them about WiRE. Make it personal. Tell them that it’s impacting you, and that you think WiRE might benefit them too. This isn’t a “share with everyone on Twitter” kind of deal. This should come from your heart and go right to the man (or men) God has put on it.

You can copy and paste this link to the WiRE signup page into your message:

WiREforMen.com/learn_more

I pray a huge blessing of community on your life, my friend. Pay it forward today.

Sincerely,

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A Pernicious Loop

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A Pernicious Loop

. . . he himself gives to all mankind
life and breath and everything—Acts 17:25

There are few more powerful (and potentially harmful) forces at work in the lives of men than the When/Then lie. It goes like this: when we get that job, that promotion, that house, that “number” in the bank account . . . then everything’ll be great. Things will settle down then. We’ll have peace and joy and security then. The lie wouldn’t be so bad, but for the behavior we rationalize and excuse with it, hoping it is true: neglecting people we’re meant to love; disregarding people we’re meant to serve; ignoring people we’re meant to rescue; treating badly and taking advantage of people we are meant to encourage and support.

Our enemy, the “father of lies” (John 8:44), created a clever one with the When/Then lie—it’s an infinite loop. You see, whatever “something” follows When is never as good as we think it’ll be. And so, any given “something,” when it’s achieved, is quickly replaced by a bigger, better one.

There’s freedom available to us, though—freedom to enjoy the abundant blessings we’ve already been given; freedom to access true peace and true joy and true security, right now—if we’re willing to reject the lie and, instead, embrace the promises of our King, Jesus Christ. He’s promised that our Father God will provide everything we need in any given moment (Matthew 6:25-34). His provision just might not look how we think or hope it will (Isaiah 55:8).

A Bit About Me, creator of WiRE

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My brother,

Since you’re new to WiRE, and you might be new to Gather Ministries, I wanted to share a little about myself—and the path that led me to creating this unique tool for men.

My name is Justin Camp. I live on the San Francisco Peninsula with my wife, Jennifer, our three kids, and one nervous golden retriever—and I believe God has called me to write about Him to men like you. I believe God’s called Jennifer to do the same thing, but for women.

So, in 2013, Jenn and I started Gather, a Christian nonprofit. Through it, we offer a new, hope-filled, honest perspective on God’s goodness and love to busy men and women. We create things for you that are beautiful and stirring, yet stripped-down and unpretentious . . . and that can fit right into your busy everyday life.

Prior to Gather, I spent fifteen years investing in high tech startups in Silicon Valley and a few years as a lawyer in New York City.

I like what I am doing now 🙂 Honestly, it’s one of the great blessings of my life to create resources like WiRE for men—all of which I handcraft to meet you right where you are, wherever you are.

My simple and sincere hope is that you allow WiRE to equip you to pursue God (and enjoy Him) more earnestly.

It’ll do that for you, I promise . . . if you let it.

By subscribing , you’ve already taken the first step. You’ve picked up a tool. Well done, my friend. Now, let’s begin to use it, together.

Sincerely,

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You’re Magnetic

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You’re Magnetic

Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?—Mark 2:16

God loves us—just as we are, right now. Wow. That’s kind of difficult to accept, isn’t it? I mean, it’s hard to feel worthy of that love, with all our mistakes, our imperfections. Don’t we need to be perfect and holy too, just as he is, before he can love us? No, brother, he loves us—just as we are, right now. If we’re ever going to understand God, if we’re ever going to understand ourselves, in relation to God, we’re going to have to bend our minds toward that truth.

He is perfect and holy; we are not. True. What’s not true is that, because of his perfection, he’s drawn only to more perfection. What’s not true is that, because of his holiness, he demands our holiness before he’ll love us, accept us, want anything to do with us.

God knows our mistakes, every imperfection. Nothing is hidden from him (Hebrews 4:13). And, actually, precisely because he knows, he executed the ultimate act of love: he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to be our King and to save us from our mistakes and imperfections (Romans 5:8). So, the truth is—like a doctor to the sick—he’s actually drawn to imperfection and sin (Mark 2:17). Our relationships with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, begin to work when we accept and welcome that love.

Want Some Courage?

I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus—Philippians 3:14

In some respects, we know the men we’d like to become. For one, we’d like to be courageous for God, not simply surviving these lives, but living boldly in them. Well, we absolutely can (Romans 8:31-39). The thing is . . . it’s hard. We’re easily distracted—by our drives for achievement and advancement and accumulation. And we’re easily made afraid—that we’ll be embarrassed if we act boldly for God; that were not qualified to stand with him; or just that we’ve never done it before and don’t know how to start. Yes, it’s difficult becoming courageous and, actually, it’s meant to be.

God didn’t create two types of men—some cowardly and some courageous. No, he leaves the cowardice/courage decisions to us. That said, we cannot simply choose for courage and instantly become courageous any more than we can instantly become . . . say . . . orators or outdoorsmen. If we want to become either of those, we must practice. We must start small and fail and succeed; we must work and learn. So it is with courage. We become courageous men by practicing courage, by accumulating experiences, small at first, of actually being courageous.

So, there are two types of men, but it’s those willing to practice and those not, resigned instead to lives of safety. The good news, brother, is that becoming the former doesn’t require an inordinate amount of time or a major lifestyle change. It just takes a bit of resolve.

Okay, so what do we do?

Practice. Do something. Don’t overreach (and set yourself up for failure); but don’t reach too short either (and render your efforts pointless). Choose in the middle—something intimidating, but not overly. Here are some suggestions: face a phobia; spend time with someone the rest of the world avoids; serve in a way you’ve never served before.

Celebrities forgiven real men scorned

It is great when any type of person bares their heart to their loved one that is in the foxhole of life with them and asks for forgiveness for a transgression. What is unrealistic is that a celebrity partner can publicly come out and admit something to their spouse or significant other and the public forgives them. Social media condemns and forgives quicker than real life. It is the world and just how it goes. How does the person who has been lied to, cheated on, etc… handle it? The social media public is everywhere. Everyone has at least one follower to something that they have posted on some website, or social media application.

Just because the followers say the person should be forgiven doesn’t mean that it actually happens any differently for the other person than a regular everyday person living life. The public couple will conduct life just as everyone else, it will just be public for all to see. There will be side-eye, there will be follow-ups, there will be constantly apologies. All this will still take place in their home just like yours until the trust is restored or the relationship or marriage is trashed. So just like you can log on to a website and add your comment to a celebrity’s business or public figures life. It would be nice for you to remember the next time when your relationship comes into play, in a manner similar that which you forgave the TV personality online earlier but can’t forgive your real flesh and blood lover. The world is not in your life you have to live it everyday. People are people the difference is the amount of money that they have. Piece of mind is a lot more important though, if you can’t trust the person who is lying next to you at night and you can’t get back to that level where what they did earlier to make you see them as special is hard to do now because of the mistake or mistakes. It makes the choices to move forward harder and now everything has to be stripped down like taking a car to the metal and re painting it. Sure it may be the same color but now you know each piece that was put on that body to make it look that way. If the apology is real and heartfelt why not listen, it may save your heart and life a lot of pain. Sure it will be hard but so is life.

Till next post, this has been Post.

Enjoy Your wife and Life

Enjoy your wife and life and not the noise of life.

Explanation:
Married guys when we are married there is a setting that is a constant. These are things that we chose too. We chose to ask her to marry us, when any conversation happens you are a part of it. I say that to say this; enjoy your wife, really you chose her for a reason. Life is going to happen you can definitely believe that. It will be a lot harder though without her. You have shared everything with her, some tough life things and she has been there for you. You have been there for her as well. The noise of life which can be any number of things will happen if we allow it. That could mean not having conversations that concern both of you. It could also be pursuing other people outside of the marriage. Marriage is not a party it is a decision and can be very great if respected properly.