Today, marks one year of living in this beautiful chaos.
From the mountain top moments, to walking through some of the darkest valleys, here are a few truths I've learned along the way.
1. Come out of hiding - Adam & Eve are terrible role models
2. In order to free the captive, you must name what's in captivity first
3. It's okay to not be okay
4. You cannot live more boldly than you pray
5. Isolation and loneliness are a real thing - you must fight to stay in community
6. Grace never negates your transformation, but always initiates it
7. Your physical/emotional/psychological health is on the same playing field of importance as your spiritual health
8. The miraculous lives on the other side of your surrendered YES
9. Worship will take you places your pain, insecurities, doubts, fears never could
10. True intimacy requires discipline
11. You are the local Church and it's time for the Church to rise to the occasion
12. Vulnerability begins when you stop hiding behind the things you do well
13. Don't try to conquer the world (disclaimer: you can't), conquer the temptation of yourself
14. If our understanding of grace leads us away from relationship, we've misunderstood it. We belong to each other
15. You are the Beloved.
I've learned that although most of my roles in Haiti include: pastor, shepherd, big brother, etc., all of these titles pale in comparison to my identity as God's beloved son. I have come to understand that the "least of these" Jesus was referring to in Matthew 25, is actually me...