Saturday, August 23, 2008

Why?

Sarah and I have been contemplating our own blog for quite some time.  We have as many hesitations as we do inspirations, but we are excited to finally do it.  It is our hope that this may keep us accountable to the radical life Christ has called us to live.  It is our hope that this may be a catalyst for transformation in our lives and others.  It is our hope that this may be a place to claim the truth amidst constant lies aimed at our hearts and minds.


It was a year ago that our family experienced an awakening.  It’s an awakening that we hope and expect to change the course of our lives forever.  In July 2007, we spent some time in Mexico where we built a few houses for those in need and spent some time with a few of the locals.  Our young family endured the challenges of spending four days in minimal living conditions and overall we enjoyed our time.  We didn’t come away from our four day trip with any new profound thoughts, but it was clear to Sarah and I that our family, our lives, need to be lived out in a new way.  We want to live a life of GOing - a life of action - as part of a revolution.


We see following Jesus awakens us and inspires us into action.  The revolution of Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart or the middle of the road.  It isn’t safe.  It isn’t comfortable.  It costs us a great deal to say yes, we will GO.  We take hold of the revolution by abandoning ourselves to Jesus and letting go of everything else.  GOing is a decision we are called to make daily, moment by moment - a call to choose others before ourselves... a call to be awakened to the needs right around us, and to respond through action.


The blog’s title is “But Now To Live The Life.”  This is a song by Matt Redman.  You will find in the future posts that we live a  tension-filled life, fighting to live for what we know to be true and real about the heavenly Kingdom against the lies and temptations of this world we live in.  We claim to be poor in spirit and know God has also called us to take heart towards the poor and needy around us.



Psalm 86:1-3 

1 Hear, O LORD, and answer me, 

       for I am poor and needy.

 2 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
       You are my God; save your servant
       who trusts in you.

 3 Have mercy on me, O Lord,
       for I call to you all day long.


Deuteronomy 15:11

11 There will always be poor people in the land. 

Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward 

your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.


3 comments:

Kristin Vanzant said...

YAY!!! Love it.... and LOVE you all too! Welcome to blogging... I can't wait to read more!

Love y'all,
Kristin

The Elliott's Adventures said...

glad to see y'all on here. thanks for the challenge. i look forward to reading your posts.

:)angie elliott

gretchenowens said...

blake & sarah...

i look forward to reading your blog...it is a scary world...blogging that is, but it can be fun and it's great to look back at what was going on in your head at a certain time in life.

i've loved catching up with you guys through facebook...wish we lived closer, i know we would have a blast!

love,
gretchen

you are such an inspiration to adam and i both...GO...what an awesome inspiration!