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Why You May Not Be A Person Of Peace, But Should Be

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

Have you ever stared down some specific fear about some specific goal you’re trying to accomplish and have finally been able to muster the courage to ask for help, only to receive a litany of excuses or rather no response at all?

Or perhaps you’re attempting to build some kind of team for an event or specific mission, and you just can’t seem to gain any traction. People just aren’t responding the way you’d hope they would.

Guess what, you’re not alone!


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I’ve seen this over and over again through out the years, whether it’s an artist or writer launching a new project or an NPO raising funds.

Recently I was sharing with a friend some of what I’m daring to launch, and I was surprised by his encouragement. I think that I had already began to believe he would just be another one of those voices to not respond, or to give an excuse as to why he didn’t have the time. But one of the things that has stuck with me the most, was his challenge to search and align myself with people of peace.

According to his definition, a person of peace is someone that jumps at the opportunity to serve and help, or to come along side you in any endeavor not asking what’s in it for them. People of peace tend to attract other people of peace. And that is a beautiful thing.

What I’ve began to notice is that a person of peace posses 3 basic qualities.

  1. They’re open to new things, not threatened by others.
  2. They invite relationship and community.
  3. They are generous in their support.

Because we live in a what’s in it for me culture, with pressure that says in order to appear successful, you must install gatekeepers at every outpost. Then Fear tells you that you have to protect what you have, and protect your “art.” This creates a gravitational pull that will always mislead you towards exclusion rather than inclusion.

The shift that I’ve noticed in me, as I have been thinking about this, is not just that I’m actively looking to align myself with people who exhibit these characteristics, but rather, I’m becoming one myself.

And really, isn’t that the point. Kind of reminds me of the old saying, “be a friend in order to make a friend.”

Here’s a question for you:

Do these characteristics describe you? Are you a person of peace? Do you know someone who is?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: April 18, 2013

I Hear Voices, But I’m Not Schizophrenic

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community, Experience

I hear voices and no I’m not schizophrenic. Most of the time these voices say pretty mean things. They usually end up persuading me away from whatever I’ve set my mind up to do or a goal I’m trying to accomplish.

They say things like, “You’re not good enough to do this,” or “look at those guys over there, they have it figured out, you’ll never get to a place where you have it figured out.” One of my loudest and most powerful voices, is the one that says “You’re not loved or accepted.”

There is a simple tool I’ve learned and am constantly reminded to use over and over again to defeat these voices. Let me share it with you now:

I Am Not Alone!


And neither are you.

The other day there was a new tool created to help in this fight to overcome the voices that apparently we all battle. Click on the image above and you’ll be magically transported there.

What a powerful experience to read through all the voices that you and I hear and listen to. Tears were brought to my eyes as I read them and clicked the “Me Too” button to the ones I recognized. Which brings me to a really awesome thing I’ve discovered in my life.

There is powerful healing found in community. [tweet that if you like]

This morning I was reading in Joshua 7 and was struck with something that just made me laugh out loud. Now this might come across as silly but that’s ok.

But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this?

Let me give some context.

Joshua was on his face crying out because they had just lost a battle. He was wrecked after having this awesome experience of crossing the Jordan river and then defeating the great city of Jericho, only to lose in what appeared to be a less significant battle to a much smaller, inferior enemy.

But I love God’s response here. He’s like “What are you doing? Get up, stop believing that the world is coming to an end, and that I’ve forgotten you or have left you out in the cold. Stop being ridiculous!”

The funny thing is, isn’t that the way we treat God, by listening to all these voices, making agreements with them?

Maybe, there is something in that for you and I today as we walk into our meetings, making plans for that next thing.

Question for you:

How has listening to these voices crippled you in your story? What are they stopping you from accomplishing?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Why Asking The Right Questions Matter

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

Have you ever been in a situation or circumstance where you felt completely stuck? Like you truly had no options. You’re sitting there feeling like there is no hope, and the voices of fear are getting louder and louder.

Are you familiar with that place?

The truth is most of us are. In fact most of us tend to just camp out in that place for so long that our world actually becomes pretty small. It starts to feel like we’re grasping at straws searching for  answers. And eventually our hearts become numb to the world around us, preventing us from connecting or engaging in anything with anyone.

The issue for most of us when we get stuck in these places is that we simply are not asking the right questions.

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One of the best ways I’ve learned how to ask the right questions is through the crucible of community. It never fails that in the times when I feel like I have no options and can’t see very clearly, the reframing voices of my community help me ask the right questions, leading me to the right answers.

But searching for those answers isn’t as simple as shaking a magic 8 ball and flipping it over to see the result. Finding the right answers starts with asking the right questions.

One of my favorite authors, Frederick Buechner, writes about this in his book Wishful Thinking. I love his list of questions to ask below.

Have you wept at anything during the past year?

Has your heart beat faster at the sight of young beauty?

Have you thought seriously about the fact that someday you are going to die?

More often than not do you really listen when people are speaking to you instead of just waiting for your turn to speak?

Is there anybody you know in whose place, if one of you had to suffer great pain, you would volunteer yourself?

If your answer to all or most of these questions is No, the chances are that you’re dead.

Asking the right questions is important if we’re going to discover the right answers. And asking the right questions will always lead us to create the awesome!

The beauty to be found there is this:

You are not alone!

Do you spend much time asking questions, or merely just suggesting you have answers?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted on: April 11, 2013

Evidence Of The True Story: 12 Reasons We Are Not Alone!

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

I know I’m not the only who has felt alone at one time or another. No matter the circumstances of life, sometimes fear, hurt, or abandonment can begin to tell us lies. Lies that many times we make agreements with and begin to carry around, burdening us even further. The truth is, it was not meant to be that way and does not have to stay that way!

Our efforts to engage our audiences and create awesome experiences will always be frustrated as long as we struggle with this issue!

A close friend of mine posted these the other day and as I read them, I found my heart being encouraged. I began to think about the story that was being told through these passages.

It is so good to be reminded of The Truer Story!

  • Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or
terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he
will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  • Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with
you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not
be discouraged.”
  • Joshua 1:17 Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only
may the LORD your God be with you as he was with Moses.
  • Judges 6:16  The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will
strike down all the Midianites together.”
  • 1 Kings 11:38 If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and
do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as
David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty
as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.
  • 1 Chronicles 28:20  David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and
courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the
LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you
until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is
  • Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and
through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk
through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume
  • Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,
for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold
you with my righteous right hand.
  • Isaiah 43:5  Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your
children from the east and gather you from the west.
  • Jeremiah 42:11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now
fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the LORD, for I am with you and will save you and deliver you from his hands.
  • Jeremiah 46:28  Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, for I am with you,”
declares the LORD. “Though I completely destroy all the nations among
which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will
discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely
  • Haggai 1:13 Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of
the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD.

Let me wrap up and make one final point by including an excerpt from The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge. 

All this and more God has endured because of his refusal to stop loving us. Indeed, the very depth and faithfulness of his love for us, along with his desire for our freely given love in return, are what give Satan the ammunition to wound God so deeply as he carries out his unceasing campaign to make us into God’s enemy.

This much is true, we are not alone!

After reading these verses and seeing The Story being told through them, what comes to your mind?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: February 28, 2011

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