Convicted of my sin, I came to know the Lord at a very young age. And though I knew I needed a Savior, it would be many years before I had a significant grasp on the rest of the Good News of salvation. My biggest area of lack was in simply trusting that God would not only love me despite my flaws, but give me strength to overcome the most stubborn areas of sin and weakness in my life. As I write this, these words come to mind…
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Blueprint was recommended to me by a few of my closest friends at a time when I had just left a very unhealthy church. For nearly 10 years I had subjected myself to aberrant teachings that left my understanding of God distorted. It also left me questioning the validity of much of my Christian walk for the past decade. The dedication to timeless expository biblical teaching, and focus on godly community is what our Father used to nurse me back to health.
Perhaps the greatest tangible symbol of our Father’s grace toward me is the beautiful wife he’s blessed me with. She loves me, and has helped to sanctify me before God in ways I hadn’t foreseen. Very early in our marriage, I prayed that God would take our family and make us pillars in the church where we served. As always, He has proved Himself faithful.