“May you always be sold out for Jesus.”
We had a baptism service last week, and this is what a mother told her young son right before he was baptized. I loved it.
Here at The Esau Project I talk a lot about selling out or compromising as a derogatory term. I’ve never addressed it as a positive thing, though. I’ve always believed the mantra, If you’re going to do something, do it all the way. I’m not saying I’ve always lived by it, but I’ve always believed it.
I love a good story. Everyone has one. Some have happened a while ago. Some are happening now, and some are just getting ready to happen. God will move in your life and you will have a story of redemption if you’ll let Him.
So here’s what I’m thinking. I want to share these stories. I don’t want The Esau Project to just be about the things we do to trade our futures. I want to bring light to the fact that we probably make compromises that we don’t even realize a lot of the time, but I also want to share the stories of the ones who didn’t compromise.
There are a lot of them. From Nehemiah to Esther to me and you, there are stories of victory and redemption and grace and peace and love. You are a story of victory. There are stories that have happened and there are stories that are just waiting to happen.
There’s a movement called People of the Second Chance. I’m kind of in love with it. They’ve started a new campaign called the Never Beyond Poster Series.
“We all have people we would and wouldn’t give a second chance — lines drawn and beliefs formed about who we could forgive.
POTSC is launching the NEVER BEYOND Poster Series: 25 posters representing well known historical, current and fictional characters who are believed to have harmed society. This campaign consists of digital and print posters and the full collection will eventually be displayed as a touring art exhibit.
The campaign draws out themes of forgiveness, grace and what a pathway to a second chance looks like.”
These are redemption stories just waiting to happen. There’s hope for everyone. We’ve got to do our job and extend grace.
Think of your story before God gave you a second chance. Now, tell me your story now that He has.