Understanding why we do what we do as is as important as what we do. I lived most of life doing alot of things for really bad reasons. When I radically encountered God at age 33, it seemed like everything about my life changed. My friends, my profession, where I lived, how I spent my time, the things I enjoyed, what was important to me, these are just a few of the things that were impacted by my decision to abandon myself to a life in Christ. But more importantly, the reason why I did things became a central question and theme for my life.
I've always been a person who lived life full-speed ahead, taking risks, and pursuing dreams. Even before my radical experiences with God or reading Simon Sinek's best-seller, "Start with Why." My whole life I've been fascinated with 'why' questions like "Why am I here?" and "Why was I born." I've always been a seeker. I've always wanted to know the reason for things. Especially as it pertained to my life and my purpose.
So what's my why? The long version…
Why do I do what I do? For me, it's all about the outrageous, too-good-to-be-true, goodness of God. I've been wrecked by it, hopelessly undone by it, and turned inside out by it. I'm never-going-to-get-over-it, or recover, and I'm still in shock over it. God is INDESCRIBABLY GOOD!
According to God's buddy Moses, the goodness of God is the real definition of God's glory. But without getting into too many bible stories for the time being, my why is all about people knowing how over the top good God really is. Religion has painted a really horrid picture of God. In fact, if what I learned in church growing up were true, I'd still be running as far away from God as as I could. According to many religious people who call themselves Christians, He makes people sick to teach them lessons, He's keeping track of our sins and good deeds (wait a second, that's Santa!), He stopped doing miracles a long time ago, and is really mad at America for being so bad.
Hogwash. All of it. Really.
You really must meet Him for yourself and find out the truth. Really.
Thank goodness (yes thank Him), I finally heard the true gospel of Jesus Christ preached aright and learned about what Christ really accomplished through His death and ressurection. I finally heard the truth that Jesus came as a man and died not just for me, but as me, so that I could be one with Him right now – Him living inside of me and me living inside of Him right this very second, and also the second after that, and the second after that, and the second after that… for an eternity of seconds!!!
Want to hear something else that is crazy? I actually hear His voice, all the time.
Oh my, double scandalous, light the torch, I might need to burned at the stake for saying that outloud. Or even better, maybe I should be comitted. I must have lost my mind! (For the record, I actually have lost my mind. I'm now living inside of Christ and have His mind (1 Corinthians 2:16).
All joking aside, hopefully by now, you're starting to get the picture. I get out of bed every morning to do what I do because religion has defamed, misrepresented, and maligned my best friend. It's interpreted the bible through the wrong lens. It's called Him angry when He's the happiest, most joyful person you've ever met. It's called him a "hater" when He's not only the author of love, He IS love. God only has one enemy and the good news of the gospel is that He defeated him at the cross in the most compassionate act of love that He could dream up so that heaven could be experienced now.
The truth of God's goodness and love is shocking. It will literally knock your socks off when you find out how much God loves you. Trust me on this one. He's the kindest, gentlest, most wonderful person. When you really meet Him and experience Him for yourself, you’re never the same. But how do you describe chocolate to someone who's never experienced it? You can read about chocolate, hear people's opinions about chocolate, and even claim that you don't need chocolate. But once you taste and see that it is good (Psalm 34:8), you're hooked!
Until you've encountered Jesus, as good as life can be, it’s nothing compared to His goodness.
So my why is all about introducing people to my best friend, who just happens to be the God of the universe, and helping them to know his immeasurable goodness personally. This is the reason I do what I do. This website, this ministry, these events, all of it, is so that others can experience the overwhelming goodness of God's love and be transformed by it, like I was. I want people to feel His love, like I do, and know beyond a shadow of doubt that they are valuable, special, and more precious than God's own life. I want them to experience the goodness of God for themselves and to be wrecked by His love to such a degree that they never recover. I want them to fall in love with themselves because of it and then fall in love with other people. I want people to see God, see themselves, and others through the eyes of His love. I want to restore people’s vision. I want to believe that God is for them and the author of their dreams. I want them to be free. I want them to be whole.
By: Schlyce Jimenez (2/8/2013)