Write

by Rich Dixon on September 1, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!

A game of tag prompted today’s word-of-the-week…

WRITE

MondayJon Swanson explained why he writes. Then he said, “Tag, you’re ‘it’” and asked me to consider the same question. So I took a couple of long bike rides, which is where I think about stuff, and wondered why I write.

I’d like to say I write to follow some noble calling, to teach or serve or help. I’d like to say that, but at about mile ten I understood that’s not why I write. Not really.

I write because I whisper in the fog and I know, deep inside, that no one but Jesus will whisper back. I write because it’s my way of bringing some measure of clarity to inner chaos.

RELENTLESS GRACE began as a journal, a meandering attempt to make sense of the senseless nightmare screaming within me following my injury. After literally years of shapeless, chaotic verbal vomiting, I noticed two remarkable changes. First, I felt a sense of peace and connection with Jesus when I wrote. Second, the words actually started to make sense and communicate a story.

I shared the story and people said it would help others who had experienced adversity. So I published a book and started this blog. In a roundabout way, that led to a dream called RICH’S RIDE—and more writing, another book, and another blog.

I hope all of this serves, teaches, and helps. I hope it inspires. I hope it brings people a bit closer to Jesus and encourages them to dream God-sized dreams and live remarkable stories.

I love it when you comment, when you take time to say the words touched you in some way. I appreciate “Likes” and especially “Shares” that show the ideas are worth spreading around.

But those are why I publish the writing. They’re why I share, why I speak, and those reasons mean a lot to me.

They’re not why I write.

I write because sometimes the fog clears a little and I hear Jesus’ voice saying, “Follow me. I’ve been here, and I know the way out.”

Writing, for me, is prayer. That’s why I write.

Have a great week.

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Is There An Instruction Manual?

by Rich Dixon on August 28, 2014

instructionsJesus lived a remarkable story, but what if there’s more to it?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)

We know the purpose of Jesus’ death. I’ve been thinking about His life—what was the point of those three years, walking and talking with a small group of friends? What was He trying to tell us?

Is it possible He really wasn’t telling so much as showing? What if those three years were a demonstration of how He intended things to operate? What if the story Jesus came to tell wasn’t expressed in words but in logos, the Word made flesh?

What if Jesus is God’s instruction manual?

What if God’s pointing straight at His Son with a sign that says, “Do it just like He did”?

For two thousand years, people have been drawn to Jesus’ story. What if that’s what we’re supposed to do—live a remarkable story of sacrificial love and service that people can’t resist?

What if it’s really that simple?

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Stopping

HAPPY MONDAY! A slight misunderstanding leads to today’s word-of-the-week… STOPPING She walked her bike slowly along the bike trail. Broken chain? Flat tire? When I see someone with bike trouble I always stop. I usually can’t actually do anything, but occasionally I’m able to offer a little advice or make a phone call. When it’s […]

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Feelings

HAPPY MONDAY! A really basic question got me thinking about today’s word-of-the-week… FEELINGS “Why did Jesus die?” It’s a great question, one for which every follower ought to have a response. I was tempted to offer my version of the “right” answer, but that’s not really how you generate dialogue. So we talked for a few […]

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A Whisper From The Fog

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When You See A Bully In Action

Last week I asked a tough question. How we can oppose injustice while demonstrating unconditional grace and forgiveness? I even posed a specific situation and asked what you would do if you observed this event: Suppose a guy in a wheelchair visited a public spot that, by its nature, was minimally accessible. And imagine that […]

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Results

HAPPY MONDAY! A counter-intuitive idea prompts today’s word-of-the-week… RESULTS I can almost guarantee skeptical looks from any audience when I make this statement: The worst way to get good results is to focus on the results. This weekend some folks from our FRONT RANGE FREEDOM TOUR team got together for a 100-mile day ride. Since I […]

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What Would You Do?

QUESTION: How much grace? ANSWER: Grace is boundless and unmerited. QUESTION: Who do you forgive? ANSWER: Everyone. Yeah, I know it’s not that simple—except, it really is. Not easy, for sure, but those are the principles to which we’re called. So now I have a real-world question for you to ponder. How do we act […]

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Principles

HAPPY MONDAY! A group of skeptical faces inspired today’s word-of-the-week… PRINCIPLES “Jesus doesn’t care about rules.” I could see the skepticism…another anything-goes liberal. When you’re speaking to a group, a controversial statement is a good way to galvanize attention, but you’d better be prepared to follow up with revolution prevention material. What do you think? Does […]

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