The title of my book is “The Process: Using the Beatitudes to Explain how God Makes us Holy.” As of today, I’m probably about 25% done with the book. I’m trying to just write and not worry about editing and stuff like that. I’m sure I’ll have to read it all 100 times and re-write a bunch of stuff. All I ask is that you keep praying for me. For some reason, I can crank it out between 3 and 5:30 am. After that, I head to work and I’m one sleepy dude. Fortunately, the Lord has been more than faithful. Here is the dedication that I wrote for the beginning of the book. Even though I hope that many people enter the process, I want my children to know that I wrote this for them. Maybe when I’m dead and gone, they’ll want to hear my voice and will be able to find it in my writings. Maybe every time they read it, they will want to go deeper and deeper with their Creator.
It is no coincidence that I am writing this book during the only year that my two kids are in middle school. My son, Jameson, is in the sixth grade. My daughter, Caroline, is in the eighth grade. The idea for this book was birthed while meeting with a couple of middle schoolers years ago. I will always be grateful for the lunch conversation I had with Dillon and Marcus where God revealed The Process to me.
I have always prayed for my children. I know being a pastor’s kid is difficult. People on the outside looking in simply hold them to a different standard. I knew I could basically force my children to look the part of a “good church kid.” Or, and this is the route I chose to take, I could pray for them and plead with God to truly grab hold of their hearts, minds, and lives in His perfect timing. I want them and every other person who reads this book to go deeper in the process. I want to see and hear over and over stories of the greatest miracle God still performs today: Changing the hearts, minds, and lives of sinful men and women.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Caroline and Jameson: I love you with everything that I am.
Lord, please help my children to complete the process. Please let them read this book and let the words just sink in. May they truly get it. Let your blessed Holy Spirit begin to infiltrate them so that they want to love You with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. On that day when they draw their final breath, may they hear the sweet words we all long to hear: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”