This past year, I have been meeting with a small group of friends every Wednesday morning for breakfast, to dialog about life, and most importantly to discuss God’s purpose for our lives. This was in affect the third or fourth small group, life group, Bible study group, or whatever the cool kids call it, that I’ve been part of. If you are currently not engaging with other believers, or not a part of a community of friends. I highly encourage that you seek one out.

We, as Christians, and as human beings, are not meant to live a sequestered life. In fact, that is at the heart of the Christian life. You cannot do life alone. Apart from the atoning gift of Jesus, we are forever condemned, remaining in our sin. We are meant to experience life with others, bind our hearts together, and rely on God and encouragement of our confidants.

With this in mind, I feel the LORD positioning me for something different. Something that I need to be ready for. Something that I need to work for. Something bigger than a Bible study, per se. So, today I drafted an email to the men who are a part of this morning group to make them aware that i’m going to take some time off from our regular prayer breakfasts.

With text messages, twitters, status updates, and the like I find myself writing much less. So, when what was supposed to be a simple, curt email turned into several paragraphs, and when tears started to well up under my eyes, I knew that this message was one worth saving.

I recall writing a letter to my parents for Christmas as a kid. I read it aloud to my older brother, Matthew, to practice before I read it in front of family at gift-time. As I read it to Matt, and when it was read to the family, tears flowed uncontrollably. I had no idea why. But, at the time, my big brother said something that has always stuck with me. He said “That’s when you know your feelings are heart-felt.” As a young, insecure kid – this was just the validation that I needed.

For a guy who constantly sticks his foot in his mouth all the time, I find my thoughts are fully satisfied when I write them down. This is how I felt this morning as I drafted this email to my friends. There’s a mission embedded in this letter – a calling not just meant for me, but one for us all. It is my prayer that this year is one of transformation in us all. It’s a calling to believe fully in a God who will make himself known to you, and to live courageously daring to be great.

Gents,

What a great year it has been. And what a great year 2011 is poised to be. I can’t wait to see what God has in store. If I had to summarize 2010, it would be the year that God wouldn’t let go of me. Even though I didn’t have a full-time job, he provided. Even though, I struggled with relationships he protected me. Even though at the start of the year I wanted nothing to do with Jesus, he knit me into forming this morning group and spoke to my heart throughout the year. As much as I try, I can no longer doubt his presence.

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for the commitment we all made to meet and to start our days talking about our LORD and our lives.

As I look forward to 2011, I am going to be taking a few months off from our breakfasts to pray about what the LORD has next for me. I feel God preparing me for a transition, something big. I’ve been praying that the LORD moves in ways that there would be absolutely no doubt that my actions are in line with His will.

I feel God’s big moves will go well and beyond the normal. It’s not another Bible study, not another book to read, but a path that only God can open. I’ve had these feelings for a while, and know that it’s not something limited to me, but a generational calling. Please join me in praying that this vision be fully transparent for each of us in our own ways.

Our God is big, good, and is He is calling. With this common prayer and common desire, we are bound together as brothers in Christ as we pursue greatness for His glory. As Shakespeare once said…

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother…”

I pray that those wanting to continue the morning meeting, do. I leave this up to you, and hope that you don’t mind me joining you from time to time. Most importantly, I pray that we not just pray big prayers but LIVE with BIG FAITH, confident in the promise that is Jesus Christ.

You are my brother,
Andy

Ps. For you LOST fans… these videos are great summations that hit home for me.

Jacob (God) explains why He speaks to us in different ways.

Jacob (God) asks us to have faith to be a leader for His kingdom.

Jack, through faith, realizes his purpose and encourages Hurley to lead.