I saw a shirt that says “classy with a savage side”, which sums me up in a nut shell. I wear diamonds, pearls and red lipstick on the daily, but with my red leather jacket and Converse. I am not afraid to work hard or get my hands dirty. The truth is always on my lips, even if you don’t want to hear it. God has filled me with much grace, kindness, and compassion but make no mistake, standing for truth means I don’t put up with B.S.
There is a young man that has captured my heart. This one doesn’t belong to me in the traditional sense, but I have known him from the very beginning, when he was just a prayer in his mothers heart. You see, he belongs to my best friend but he has my personality. I love how he won’t let go, he is persistent! He wants to know the why’s, the how’s and the what for’s of everything. He likes schedules, rules, and winning-I mean it is hard to be a perfectionist and not be competitive! (Plus, he is an amazing soccer player and literally is head and shoulders above the crowd.) But he also is so charming, lovable and a goof ball and I have prayed all the prayers that one day God will make him my son-in-law. I like to think God has a great sense of humor and knew that life would lead our families to live in different states and my friend just needed a little bit of me with her, always. The reason I KNOW that God really does have a sense of humor is that my daughter who is the same age (and yes, they are best of friends) is exactly like my best friend. 2 babies, born 10 days apart to best friends and have the personality of the friend, not the parent? Only God.
Steven Furtick is the pastor of Elevation Church and I enjoy listening to his sermons every week online. Currently, he is on a series called Savage Jesus. I love it. He said that he called the series this just to annoy the church people that like to think Jesus was just super classy and always gentle and kind. I love when I dig deep into the gospels and really read those red letter words… Jesus said it how it was. He offended people to the point where they killed him for it. A particular favorite is calling the spiritual leaders of the day a brood of vipers, or when he made a whip and overturned tables of the money changers in the church! This is the Jesus I can relate to. The passion, the intensity, the ability to speak the truth. I think too often we picture Jesus as this soft, gentle, passive person and forget that his entire mission was to set the world on fire (Luke 12:49). He was the original rebel.
Jesus spent the first 30 years of his life as a carpenter. Think of your modern day construction workers for a moment. Calloused hands, strong muscles, “colorful” language are all things that come to my mind. Jesus’ followers were fisherman, dockworkers, farmers, ranchers… Hard working men and women that just don’t have the time to be prim and proper and needed Jesus in a real way. They were enslaved, impoverished and in desperate need of a Savior. Has anything really changed? People all over the world are hurting, even in modern America where we have more then ever, people still have deep and lasting wounds that just won’t heal and need the touch of Jesus. Are you desperate enough? Have you come to the end of yourself, your resources, and your answers? Like my little friend, are you so committed to getting your answer that you won’t let anything come in your way, not hell or high water? Once we get desperate enough, we break down all the walls and scratch and claw our way to our healing, to the feet of Jesus, because it is the only answer. I am there folks, nothing will stop me from getting to Jesus. I will fight the crowds, I will go against the flow, I don’t give a damn about what people think of me. I need Jesus and I will become savage to get there.
Thank you to Nicole Ratliff Photography for the photo’s.