“I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters.” —2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV
That idea . . . being sons and daughters of God. Can we even begin to understand the magnitude of such a thing?
Ever since I was a boy, I’ve viewed life as a big adventure. I couldn’t wait to finish school and begin my journey. My younger years were marked by late nights of dreaming and scheming with close friends. We would always dream big, knowing that we had a big God. We were fearless, and the word “impossible” wasn’t part of our language. We dreamed without limit, full of confidence in the God who fashioned us for such a time as this.
But then something changed. We grew up.
I watched as my friends went into the world to pursue their dreams . . . and their vision changed. I began to see something new in their eyes, something that wasn’t there before—fear. They became discouraged by the reality of life. Their sense of adventure was quickly disappearing, and they stopped dreaming.
God created us to dream. Eternity has been written on our hearts, and we were created to know its depths. This life in God is the ultimate adventure. The ultimate dive, if you will, into the Great Unknown. In God, every day is an adventure. We discover something new, and God constantly invites us to step out of our comfort zones and into the unknown.
I love the definition of adventure—an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience. There it is! In my opinion, that perfectly describes our life with God. Jesus told us there’s hardship and danger along the way. But there is also excitement.
Jesus came so we could experience life in its fullness. He didn’t give His life so we could play it safe. He died to give us the guts to do the impossible and fill our world with the hope, love, peace, justice, power, and adventure that come with the gospel. Every day should be an adventure!
Why the name Sons and Daughters? We believe the realization of who we are as sons and daughters is a central part of this journey in God. “The Son of God,” wrote C.S. Lewis, “became a man to make men sons of God.”
Jesus, our big brother, the perfect Son of God, has given us His Spirit to first transform our lives and then, ultimately, the world. The truth is, we will not experience the life God has for us until we align ourselves with this purpose.
Our hope is to create a community that challenges you to reawaken (or never lose) your childlike wonder. Impossible is a big word thrown around by small men and women. As we give God our everyday lives, even the apparently mundane holds unfathomable potential. But we must reject the fears that would hold us back and have the courage to move forward in this great adventure.
We will have many different voices on Sons and Daughters, but there will be four consistent ones: Addison, Juli, Alec, and myself. Each week you’ll hear from one of us. We’re also going to bring other phenomenal people into this mix. There’s going to be all different types of posts (you never know what you’re going to get with Alec), so be sure to subscribe. We’re going to cover a variety of topics that will help you both practically and spiritually.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t done everything right. I’ve made mistakes and have had opportunities for regret. But I thank God for the people who have been a voice in my life. They remind me of who I am. They rekindle my sense of adventure and open my eyes to new possibilities. Sometimes we just need an outside perspective to get us out of our own heads.
We want to be a voice for you. I hope that you will learn from our mistakes and leverage our triumphs. Our goal is for you to go further than us, fully alive in this God-adventure.
Our world needs to see more—and if you step into who you are as a Son or Daughter of God, they will see His nature revealed through you. We are the light of the world, and it’s about time we started embracing that calling. May this generation be known for signs and wonders. For justice and mercy. For truth and grace. For adventure and fearlessness.
May we be known as Sons and Daughters.
*Filmed at Till Kitchen.