I’ve been writing for about a week in a series called “Load of Garbage” and it was all about the things we tell ourselves that stop us from making disciples. And I’m all done with that. But why did I bother writing that series? Because your story matters. It matters a lot. And you are awesome.
“How does he know I’m awesome? He doesn’t. He’s never met me.”
You know what, that’s true. But I know a Ferrari is awesome even thought I’ve never driven one. I know a Stradivarius sounds amazing even though I’ve never heard one played live.
How do I know this? Because I know something about their makers. I know something about what Ferrari creates and how they create it. And they do not make junk. They make awesome. I know something about how a Stradivarius is made. It is made from the best materials, by the best craftsmen. They don’t make junk. They make awesome.
And I know something about God. God doesn’t make junk. God makes awesome. Look around you. Look at this AMAZING world we live in. Isn’t the creation of God truly breathtaking? We so easily accept that God makes awesome things when we see mountains, and oceans, and eagles, and snow leopards.
And then we look in the mirror and say, “God made junk.” Just typing that up brings tears to my eyes because I see so much in all of you. I didn’t say, “So much potential.” That’s code for “You suck now but someday you might not suck.” No. I see awesome inside of you today. Right now. God created a planet, a cosmos, full of awesome things and you are one of those things.
Do this: Go back to that mirror. Yeah, I’m asking you to really do this. (You too, Paul and Nanci.) Go look in the mirror and say out loud, “God makes awesome. And God made me.” Do that. We’ll wait.
Did you say it out loud? No? Of course not. That’s cheating. Try again. We’ll wait. Go! Go now.
I really need everyone who reads this blog to feel this right down to their bone marrow. We stop ourselves from making disciples because we have so much self-hate. And listen, I get that. I have PLENTY of self-hate. It is 100% debilitating and often shuts me down completely.
But I am awesome. Jim Voigt was created by God and God makes awesome. And he put a story inside of me because he knew I would meet you. He knew you needed to hear my story. And that I needed to hear yours.
God makes awesome. And God made you. And the world is ready for you. Are you ready for it? If not, I can help. We’ll do it together. Because where more than one of us is gathered, God is there. And two can often be awesomer than one.
Let’s go be awesomer for a while. The world needs it.
We were built to be heroes. It’s about time we started acting like heroes.