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In mid-July I spent a day with my family at Wild Water Adventure Park, or as you long-time Clovis people would say, Clovis Lakes. The park has changed a lot since I was a kid, but some things remain pretty much the same… like the big family tube ride, The Rapids.

This is the first time we’ve been, that my oldest, Josiah, was not only big enough to ride the big rides, but he actually wanted to try a few.

So I took him on The Rapids. First off, let me just say, carrying that gigantic raft up the hill by yourself is a tall order, but once I caught my breath and we got in the raft, I could see the excitement in Josiah’s eyes.

But have you ever done something that you thought looked really fun and then in the middle of it, you realized, it’s kind of terrifying too?

Well, that’s what happened for him. As we approached the drops, he realized he was going down backwards, and his face changed. His screams got louder and higher pitched. Now, of course, that made me laugh really hard because I knew he was going to be fine and that feeling when your stomach drops… that’s all part of the fun.

Do you ever feel like God is laughing when you think you need saving?

I don’t know if he ever does that, but if he does, maybe it’s because he knows exactly what’s ahead… and what’s ahead, past the fear, is absolute joy. And we can be sure that our best fatherhood or parenting moments are not even close to how great our Heavenly Father is. Just listen to what Jesus has to say about that:

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11 NIV

Now, if there’s one thing the scriptures teach us about joy, it’s that the most joyful people go through some of the hardest things before they find that joy.

Sometimes you’ve got to go through it, to get to it.

So what happened with Josiah? Well, like you might expect… after the screams, came the laughter and he went again with mom. Now, mom on the other hand, she said, “Those drops are a lot bigger than I remember!” 😂

I hope today, if you face any fear, you’ll be able to face it head on, knowing your heavenly father is right there with you. If you can do that, you’ll find the peace and joy that surpasses any earthly understanding.

Watch Josiah’s fear turn to joy in our family vlog at Wild Water Adventure Park.

This post first appeared on the Two Cities Church blog.

Humble Beginnings

January 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Most great things come from humble beginnings. Great companies. Great non-profits. Great endeavors. Great ideas. Many of them come from people you wouldn’t expect, working jobs that have nothing to do with their big ideas. But they see a problem in the world and they see their opportunity to make a big impact with their big idea. It’s the barista at your local Cup of Joy, the sixth grade teacher at Liberty Elementary, the loan processor at Resource Lenders, bank teller at EECU, the cashier at Food 4 Less, the sales associate at Clovis Glass, the seasonal life-guard at Wild Water Adventures and the woodworker who sells their work to Vintage on Fourth that might just have the next BIG idea. And that idea might change the world.

And I want to encourage him or her to pursue it.

Check out this short video from DELL all about humble beginnings.

These big ideas that grew into major game-changing companies were the ideas of people like you, like me. Everyday people. Make 2014 the year that everyday people changed the world, all over again. Make 2014 the year that humble beginnings comes back into style. It might be a non-profit, it might be a business, a product, a service, a relationship, a trip, a dream or a vision… but you’re going to change the world this year. Just make sure the way you change it, matters. Make sure it’s not just an idea for idea’s sake or an idea for money. Make sure it makes a difference in people’s lives. Make sure it counts.

I’m going to start a semi-regular spot on my blog about local people doing amazing things. It might be a leader at a non-profit, a entrepreneur just starting out, a successful business woman, a city official or church leader. It could be you. The point though, is to share just how amazing our community is here in Fresno and Clovis. The point is to celebrate what people in our communities are doing to change the world, and I sincerely hope you are one of them. Check back often to see who I feature.

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This is the year for humble beginnings.