Daring Mercy is the product of an idea that had been running through my mind and heart for the last three years.
Three years ago, I started on this journey to better understand the character of God. My life had been turned upside down by God answering one desperate prayer: Please bring me back to you.
He answered with abundance, breaking down the walls that I had so strategically placed up for myself. I struggled in these very public cycles of sin to the point of isolating myself from experiencing the depths of community that I had so readily avoided.
It was during this time that people began to give up on me, guilt me for being vulnerable in my failures and regrets, that I saw a larger issue in our midst: We are so quick to tell people that they can come as they are but we are then disappointed when they do so.
We all do it. Myself included. We have expectations for others that are unrealistic for where they’re at and then guilt them into behavior modification. Which doesn’t work.
Behavior modification is like taking someone twice your size on your back, carrying them uphill a mountain for 10 miles and then expecting to be able to walk upright and straight when you get to the top of the mountain.
Not the Gospel. Not even a little.
But that was my life, for a season. I told myself that if I could just stop whatever I was doing that was driving my community crazy, then I would be loved and accepted. I would be secure.
It didn’t go well.
I’ve learned that through pursuing Christ, I am changed by Him. Through following the leading of the Holy Spirit, I walk into new life.
That is what this website is about. It’s not really my story, though. Occasionally, I might throw in a story or two about what God is doing in my life currently but mostly, this website is about the rest of us. What is God doing in the lives of the people around us?
My hope is that this would be a place where you could come and hear other stories from people who have walked through the same fires you are now walking through. To be encouraged and empowered in the knowledge that every season is temporary. That God is faithful.
You’re okay. You’re going to be okay.