Many people have asked me about what I do here in Georgia- Because I
1. Work at a megachurch but don’t attend there.
2. Seem to have meetings all the time.
3. Am always on the go.
So here’s what I’m doing with my life in a nutshell.
What do you do?
I live in an apartment complex with a team of 6 people from 320 Network (a church planting organization) who have the shared goal of loving the people around us. Our prayer is that wherever our neighbors are in life- that they’re met with the reality of the love of Christ.
As a house church we meet in one of our apartments for worship and Bible study on Sundays at 10:30am and then invite people in to special things during the month like a girls night in, guys night out, Bible club and block parties. My role inside the team ranges from organization to leading worship to making sure that all the pieces are in place.
How do you feel about what you do?
Sometimes living and loving in such an intentional way can make me weary. Those times most often come in seasonal tides when I veer off towards doing things out of my own strength. Stress is, for me, always a tell tale sign that I have meandered away from adoration at the feet of Jesus and am crusading when I should just be lovingly still and then obedient.
What is apartment life like?
An apartment complex is such a mixed bag full of people from every walk of life. People move so often that sometimes I feel like I live at the beach watching the waves roll in and roll out. Because of that nature the ministry here has become in equal parts a launching pad, a resting place and an intersection for countless people.
Hellos and goodbyes have become an ever flowing reality. The people in my space change often. Which is a challenging and humbling thing because I am a passionate gatherer of people.
I also find that the deeper my faith grows and the more things are added to my plate-the more I need and seek silence and solitude with the Lord.
Do you have a day job?
Yes, I work part time at a preschool and the people there have become like little watermelon seeds that snuck into my heart and have begun to grow. Being surrounded by the people there has become one of the most life-giving things in this season.
My schedule is flexible which allows me to pursue other odd jobs and adventures that I enjoy. I love not knowing what’s around the corner and being in over my head, because that’s where it’s the most exciting to trust.
What’s important to you in this season?
My life up until 2014 had been alot of me trying to get away with Jesus but being strapped down with doing a lot of “good things.” It amazes me to think of how much legalistic fear I lived in. It took the Father shattering my perfect little Christian checklist and my reliance on myself to be freed from operating “for acceptance” rather than, “from acceptance.”
Now I’m not as afraid of messing up. And I have a tattoo.
2017 is an open season to trust and enjoy God like never before. He is good. And trustworthy. And His kindness and gentleness is more than we know. All of us have full plates in one way or another. How delightful would it be to just get away with Jesus? For a moment, for an hour, for a day? To be still. To listen. To not speak. To free fall.
That rest in Jesus that we seek multiplies the moment we pause and seek Him in our heart and in our mind. The moment we stop planning to give Him time in the future and invite Him into the now and give Him sovereignty of our present, His peace and presence expands in us.
How does the song go?
“Come away with Me. Come away with Me. It’s never too late. It’s not too late for you. I have a plan for you. It’s gonna be wild. It’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be full of Me.”
In the midst of everything, let’s come away with Jesus. There will never be a perfect time when all the loose ends are tied up- so let’s just try this free fall life now!