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23 February 2011

Thank You

3:38 PM Posted by steve flores 3 comments
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

January of 2010, I began a journey into the book of Matthew to discover the character, attractive qualities, unrivaled influence, and life-changing words of the One who I’m supposed to resemble, Jesus.  Over the course of that year something woke up inside me.  Actually, I began feeling an undercurrent of something stirring deep inside, yet didn’t know how to communicate it since 2009.  I still don’t know how to communicate it.  I believe deep change, like the one I’m experiencing, cannot be adequately communicated with words, spoken or typed, but with action.  As I read Matthew, I was forced to change, because I saw how incongruent my life resembled the Jesus found in the pages of scripture.  I encouraged Natalie, my wife, to join me on this journey.  We haven’t been the same since.

I’ve had a blog since 2006, but September of 2010, I thought the blog could be a tool for discipleship—interspersing Bible and real life lessons.  I am not a theologian.  I don’t claim to be one, but I do feel a sense of duty to challenge other followers of Jesus to take time and discover the One we say we resemble.  I have a feeling many followers of Jesus, like me, might discover incongruent living.  I feel we need to fix incongruent living, because it’s hurting the church, it’s damaging the reputation of Jesus, and it’s preventing others from seeing God.  I have a goal: To read a Gospel a year (4 Gospels, 4 years)—methodical and contemplative, then, incorporating it into day to day life.

I simply want to say thank you for following me on this journey.  Thank you for passing along a blog post you may find encouraging or challenging.  Thank you for taking time to comment.  Thank you for communicating words of affirmation.  Thank you for sticking with it on the longer blog posts (like this one).  Thank you for reading and allowing me to share my heart with you.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own journey.  Hopefully you’ll keep sharing and reading…even if it takes four years to finish the Gospels.

Definitely, let’s live like Jesus and change the world,