One of my best friends in the early days of Indian Creek was a guy named Roger Swanwick. He would tell you he gave the self directed life a go. He fought in Vietnam and lived to tell about it. He got out, grew his hair long, turned to drugs, dope and sex. He lived with his girl friend in the back of his van and he thought life was good. Until he ran out of money! His his so called friends started stealing from him. He woke up in places and didn’t know how he got there. Eventually even his girl friend was ready to leave him. The self directed life always has a way of unraveling.
I met him shortly after this and got to watch an amazing transformation. Roger and his wife Donna (yes he married his girl friend) found their way back to God and then discovered the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says: This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.
Roger and Donna discovered that what they couldn’t do on their own–the presence of Christ could do to change them from the inside out. They not only chose to be faithful in attending church. They loved it. They wanted to grow and couldn’t get enough. They found something that satisfied their souls. They started serving with me in the youth group I was leading. Before long Roger was appointed as the manager of a finance company and still later he became president of a bank. They were devoted to becoming disciples. Now their lives had purpose and meaning. They went from living for Self to living the life that we are calling SENT.
You can discover more about living SENT in the book backwards: Created to Live SENT