9/11 Gave Me A Spiritual Purpose and A Calling

I remember being at home on the Friday morning after September 11, 2001. I was watching our 2-year old daughter as she played oblivious to the images and sadness that was on display as a memorial service played on our TV. When Billy Graham got up to speak and to pray I shed a few tears for my country and the dark cloud it was now under.

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God had already been doing some pretty significant things in my life at that time but September 11 clarified and focused my calling. I didn’t want to live in a world where the evil carried out by those terrorist on that morning existed. I wanted to not just be a better person but be a part of a plan to make the world a better place and insure where that kind of evil couldn’t happen again.

First, this conviction and movement of God led my wife and I to serve in Social Ministry and then Community Ministry. Now, 15 years later, God has led me to pursue Christian maturity and discipleship, what I call Growing Up.

I believe that changed lives change the world. I know that I am just a lowly blogger who teaches classes, writes, and tries to mentor and disciple. But, if God can take these humble efforts and help someone draw closer to him, change a behavior that hurts others, or share God’s love with a broken world, then my efforts are worth it.

That is how September 11, 2001 shaped my life and where God has taken me since then. I pray that my work makes a difference and that it resonates with the right people at the right time.

Part of my continuing growth in this ministry is a 18-month training called, Apprentice Experience. This training in will teach me more about the nature of God and how he changes lives. I plan to take that knowledge to share with others, so that they can reach Christian maturity, additional wisdom, and transformed lives. But, I need your help to complete the training. Please donate now to my fund raising page and I will keep the message coming and the mission of making a better world through changed lives a reality.

What Changed On Sept. 11

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September 11, 2001 was a key moment in my life. I was deeply affected by the tragedy.

It sickened me to think that there was evil in the world capable of accomplishing what that group of terrorists accomplished. I decided that week that I didn’t want to be a part of a world where this was possible. I realized that if I could change my corner of the world for the better I was one step closer to changing the larger world. I didn’t want to look back on my life and tell myself that I didn’t do anything to make this a better place to live. How has this been lived out:

a. My wife and I left a comfortable job and community and moved four hours to work in a inner city ministry. She helped feed 50-70 hungry people everyday and I drove poor kids around, worked with the youth, and led Bible studies.

b. I began to see Jesus, and the transformation that he can bring, as the only hope to a radically evil world. I saw that only renovated hearts dependent on Jesus could bring solutions to Earthly problems.

c. Discipleship to Jesus became a life direction for me.  Also, teaching others how to be more Christlike became a mission of        mine. I came to believe that pew sitters and talk show blowhards were not going to change the world. The method to change the world was the same method that has worked for 2,000 years – small groups of dedicated followers of Christ abandoning themselves to the guidance and direction of Christ.

If you are reading this, then you are witness to some of my efforts to be an agent of change. I could probably tell you now, that if it was not for 9/11, then I may not have ever started this blog.

How has 9/11 changed you?