It’s a map, not a menu…


At Wallace, we’ve adopted this statement as our approach to being intentional to discipleship…and I love it.  Often times, we offer a HUGE selection of classes for people to choose from, but to what end?  Is it discipleship in order to say we “do discipleship,” or is it an opportunity for people to jump on board and be encouraged as they travel on this journey towards Jesus.

Intentionality is key! There has to be a purpose for what we are doing.  For far too long we have simply been “doing,” but we haven’t been going anywhere, and we haven’t been helping people go with us.  With our new Map Not a Menu structure, our goal is to provide a way for people to walk together with a purpose of growing and helping others grow.  If we continue to do what we’ve been doing, we will continue to spin the wheels of our stationary bike.

Hopefully, starting this fall, Wallace will be offering opportunities to GO and GROW with an end in mind!  I’m looking forward to what God has in store!


The struggle…


…There is a struggle between words and thoughts on a day like today.  The struggle comes, mostly due to the fact words cannot truly express my thoughts so I sit in silence and struggle with emotions that run wild, because I simply do not know what to say.  It’s not like people were waiting around for me to say something profound to bring resolution to their struggling minds, but I was…I was waiting for my own words of truth and comfort.

I was in my car holding a dog in my lap as my family was driving around Knoxville running an errand.  As has become the norm, Twitter broke the news.  Two bombs had just exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  My mind immediately rushed to a beautiful day in September 2001.  I can guarantee I’m not the only one who thought the same.  Life as we know it changed that day and my mind found itself on the edge of thinking the same thing.  Is this another one of those America altering events.

Without a doubt many are broken for life that was lost and the carnage of so many injured.  We seek answers and maybe restitution.  Whomever is responsible for disaster deserves disaster.  But how do I respond as a follower of Christ?  How do I love?  How do I help?  What can I do?  Only one thing comes to mind…Love God deeply.  It’s only in that love I find hope for those affected by this tragedy.  It’s in His grace I find hope for us all.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. – Ps. 3:5-6

I don’t have answers (outside of the fact we are broken and in need of restoration); therefore, I cannot lean on the things I understand, but I can trust in the Lord.  This is the answer I need…this is the rest for my struggle.