Living Like You Mean It

I was out for a run the other day, and came to the halfway place in my run. (I really should call it a jog; I’m not setting any speed records out there.) And when I am out jogging, the hardest part is undoubtedly the middle 20%. If I am going to downshift my jog to a walk, it’s usually in that 20%. .

But the other day, as I hit that make-it-or-break it spot, I passed a toddler who was outside playing with his grandpa. Since I was on a cul-de-sac, I turned around not long after I passed him and came back around. And as I did, I saw the little boy running, waving his arms, with a look of pleasure on his face. His grandfather, walking behind him, looked at me and simply said, “Inspired.” That is: this little guy was inspired to run because I was running.

But he had joy. He ran with abandon. He ran like he meant it. Even though every step I took was difficult for me, I had inspired him to get started. And, in turn, his delight inspired me.

I want to run like that little boy. I want to run like I mean it. Don’t you? Don’t you want to live with purpose, on purpose, On Mission?

At Fern Creek Christian, we begin a series this Sunday that will help us do that. It is called “Discover Your Mission Now,” and it will give us simple and practical tools to live out our faith, every day. Whether you are 8 or 88, or somewhere in between, DYMN will provide clear and helpful ways to live daily lives grounded in God’s love, and share that with others. In other words, we will look at how we can live like we mean it.

To get the most of this series, you will want to read the free book (it’s short and sweet). You will want to join a study group. And you will want to make a point of being in worship each Sunday, now through October 19.

Back in February, our church unveiled our vision to be a church that is living and loving like Jesus. “Discover Your Mission Now” will give you a direct and daily way to live that out. I hope you’ll join us.


I’m Jeff Dye. After 16 years on staff at a healthy, outreach-minded church, I currently have a ministry called The Paraklesis Project. In the New Testament, “paraklesis” means encouragement — which is what I seek to bring to churches of all sizes through speaking and consulting.

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