Growing up, my dad was my hero. He was everything I wanted to become. He was strong, yet playful. His courage taught me how to stand up for those in need. He was daring and always dreaming up and investing in our next adventure. He could fix anything from a broken mower to a broken heart. He loved God, and he taught me a life of wholehearted integrity. At every turn, he modeled for me and gave me access to vibrant life in God’s Kingdom. What I remember most was his laugh. And what I’ll never forget was this simple fact: no one loved me more, knew me more, and pursued me more than him.
And he lives forever because he lives in me.
What will your children say at your funeral? How will you be remembered? What if someone was able to speak these words—of you?
It was Johann Goethe who said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
As a desire, this priority seems clear. As a practical reality, however, to recover a life centered on what matters most is a rare and remarkable treasure few find and even fewer are able to sustain.
There is an ancient path, a tried and true road that leads to a life abundant, a life burgeoning with what matters most, a life everlasting. It has always been so. And this hope whispers to us, beckons us in every moment of every day.
Roughly 2,600 years ago, a wild-eyed prophet, living through four of the most violent and tumultuous decades of his country’s history, cried out on behalf of the people:
“Go stand at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for directions to the old road,
The tried-and-true road. Ask where the good way is, and walk in it.
You will discover rest and what is right for your soul…”
(from Jeremiah 6:16, The Message, NIV)
Every generation and every person experiences the devastating loss of the Gospel. And every generation and every unique person is charged with its recovery.
As a small company of like-hearted peers, surrounded by sages who have marked out portions of that tried-and-true road, our team is endeavoring to do everything in our power to participate in the recovery of the Gospel in our generation.
In May of 2019, we will host the 10th Become Good Soil Intensive. As this mission has grown and matured like fine single malt, so has the event. The 2019 Intensive will take place in a new facility here in Colorado and will incorporate more alumni participation, more sages, and more leadership from Kingdom-hearted men who have courageously journeyed through much of a decade of becoming.
It was Dallas who said, “The most important thing about a person is not what they do, but who they become.” Who will you become? What will your wife and children and friends say about the impact of your life? And how will you get there?
We are now accepting applications. The deadline for submitting completed applications is October 12th.
Find out more details about the event and access the application here.
For a behind-the-scenes peek into some of the teaching of the event, be sure to check out the upcoming series on the Become Good Soil podcast, featuring never-before-released content from the 2017 Intensive. The first episode will go live next week.
In the meantime, this week, choose an hour. Write out the eulogy you hope to be spoken at your funeral by those closest to you.
And ask our Father this question: What is next for me in becoming that man?
For the Kingdom,
Photo by Justin Lukasavige