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Friday, December 15, 2017 17:35

An Experiment

I’m sitting here in a rather comfortable hotel in The Woodlands, TX reflecting over things I’ve come to over the past couple of days. Comfortable. . . when sixty thousand children in Nairobi will never know anything remotely close to this.

Those of you who know me personally or even just via Facebook have undoubtedly witnessed a definite change in my words, expressions, and overall demeanor. It’s by no chance. . . no random event.

See, I’m no Bible expert. Yes, I’ve done my share of reading in the past, but I’ve never been one to truly STUDY and ANALYZE it. This is one thing I have begun to remedy. Right now, I’m but a fledgling. That’s okay, though. God has fast-track programs available to those who need them. Believe me, I am sore from the workout! It’s a good sore, though.

So what happened? What’s the deal with Bo? An old friend said I was his Mel Gibson. . . that Jesus took my funny away from him. He didn’t, man. He’s just retooling it. Let me tell you what has happened starting around. . . late March to early April of this year.

For many years, I’ve had one of those inner feelings that I am called to something with a greater purpose. Many of you know the story of the past nearly four years now. If you don’t, please bear with me for a while, as that story has a place later and many lessons I’ve yet to learn attached to it. I am not ashamed of what has come to pass, and I forgive the wrongs and apologize for what I contributed. Out of the turmoil, I was given a precious gift. . . my daughter Kennedy Anne.

She will be three years old come the end of this month. She is a smart and beautiful child with wit and understanding that exceed her age. She will no doubt surpass her old man in capability and skill. My job is to see to it that she does so with grace. . . and that she understands grace as the one and only necessary provision in life.

For a long time, I’ve held the belief that God has a magnificent sense of humor. Sometimes, it’s dry and quite British. Others, it’s situational. Yet again, it can be very ironic. He’s such a jokester. I love it.

He used a wonderful person to help unclog my ears and remove the clouds from my eyes. A few of you know this person. That link on the righthand side tells more about her. That’s my friend right there, a truly wonderful blessing to know.

On top of the lessons that came from Richardson, TX and now Kotido, Uganda, He tossed into the mix a friend from high school. Jon and I talked over lunch one day. The fellow told me of a book I ought to read. Being that I trust his judgement as a minister and friend, I went and got myself a copy of the book Radical by Dr. David Platt.

Let me tell you this much.

It blew me out of the water. I spent several late nights shifting from fits of laughter to tears of pure joy as I began to comprehend things all the more clearly. I understood the words of my friend Kelly. I understood more why things had happened the way they have. I began to realize what’s what and what is coming.

My own wings began to grow.

Over the course of the next year, I am taking part in a challenge. Dr. Platt calls it “The Radical Experiment.” I’d like to share it with you that you might understand. . . and perhaps learn.

The Experiment has five components. Each is to be carried out over the course of a year from date of commitment. The idea is to test the self in TRULY following the commands of Jesus before He ascended to be at the right hand of the Throne. . . to see if we can follow His will or can only chase a corrupted version of things masked behind the good intentions of the American dream.

1.) Pray for the entire world.

Nation by nation, day by day, cover the needs of spreading the Gospel. From the unreached to the dangerous to the already successful (like South Korea and Kenya), reach out in prayer to the needs and thanksgiving for what has and is done. A suggested resource that I use is Operation World.

2.) Read through the entire Word of God.

Many plans are available out there. Pick one that suits you. Me, I’ve chosen this one. It moves throughout the week in the cycle of law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, Gospel, Epistles. It suits the intellectual in me nicely and helps weave a wonderful connection between each.

3.) Commit life to a multiplying community.

In essence, join a church body that isn’t content in just growing the building fund. This step for me will be a bit tricky. I am, after all, from West Monroe. Locals understand this statement well when it comes to church. Time to break free of the standard, even if it means going some place that doesn’t fall under the area’s big 3. Find a place that’s growing and contribute to that growth!

4.) Sacrifice money for a specific purpose.

This was one of the lines where I laughed myself to tears. That part had already begun, but not in sacrifice mode. To sacrifice means that it’s gonna hurt a little bit, that you might not actually be able to spare it this paycheck. Again, God with the funny! With the provision He has given me here with my new (old, actually) employer, He has made it quite easygoing.

5.) Give time in another context.

Here is one I’d been curious about. The suggested timeframe of the year to be dedicated to this was a whopping two percent. That’s roughly a week. To quickly explain, “time in another context” means to serve His calling in a way you’d really not considered or would possibly otherwise dodge in some cases. Quite possibly, I may have had a window opened here for this item. Much prayer will ensue about it, because I’ve already sworn that if He calls, I’ll go. . . no matter where.

This, friends, is what’s going on. Honestly, it’s only a small part of it. So much more goes along with it. Going forward, I only know that I trust my Creator, am bought and paid for by the Savior’s grace and love, and am surrounded by the presence of the Spirit that moves in my life. Won’t you be curious and watch what happens? Maybe you’ll see something that ignites the spark in you. Maybe you’re unfamiliar with any of this and will want to know more. I hope so. As I learn, may you the reader learn what victory in Jesus is. . . and what it feels like to wander through the storm knowing that God is in control if only you let Him. That’s trust. In trust is provision. That provision is grace. That grace is all we need. All He asks is that you follow through, walk the walk, and share it.

2 Responses to “An Experiment”

  1. Nick says:

    I’ve been taking a similar, but less religious approach.

    1) Follow Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues (http://www.school-for-champions.com/character/franklin_virtues.htm). Done easily with an iPhone app.

    2) Follow Teddy Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” speech (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Strenuous_Life)

    When I remember, I try to read a few passages too. Need to find a good app for that.

  2. Bo says:

    Don’t know if there’s an iPhone version, but I use CrossConnect on Droid.

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