An excerpt from the new book,  One Bloody Road: The Glorious Way of Discipleship:

Over time, and through intimacy with Jesus, the outward expression of a disciple will become more like that of Jesus himself. You cannot stay near Him and not be changed. And it is through this process that disciples are forged into the brick and mortar which form the corporate Body of Christ; the fellowship, brotherhood, or communion of men and women who together, bear the image and glory of Christ upon the earth.

Chapter 1: Via Dolorosa

THE STAGE

Certain things only come over time. Too often, time is the one thing we don’t want to give because time is the only irreplaceable resource we have. And that’s where most of the real sifting happens in life. Things are weeded out simply because we just don’t have time for them. Writing has been one of the things in my life to pass through the testing.

As a husband and a father, I have paid quite a bit extra for things because I never learned this lesson as a young man. At times the intimacy and closeness I share with my wife has suffered, or the growth of my children, simply because I have not measured and determined to invest the time necessary to bring things to maturity.

In our world, in this current time, the challenge is compounded by the pace at which our stars rise and fall. Mass media drives the daily narrative of popular life. Our society is deeply influenced by the lust for fast results and creating moments of glory, while the resolve to endure through crisis and pay the price for lasting success is a dying disposition. I cannot believe it’s been fifteen years, but I can think about a time in my generation where it felt like a monumental shift occurred—when rather than dig in and address the issues that led to 9/11 and left us vulnerable thereafter—we decided as nation that stimulating our “purchase power” with 0% interest rates on cars, cameras, and televisions would drive us through the fallout of that horrible day.

I don’t know about you, but I’d give my flat-screen back for the $10,000,000,000,000 (that’s ten trillion) in debt we have racked up since. But hey, at least we have pictures of the ride.

This post is part of a series titled, A Written Redemption: The Breaking of a Writer.  (Links below)

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