Whenever I look at the cover of a glossy home decorating magazine, I’m reminded of all the things my life is not—it’s not carefully curated, it’s not fabulously on-trend and it’s definitely not shiny! Instead, my everyday life as a Christian tends to be messy, unglamorous and intensely ordinary.
But I’m committed to figuring out how to live for God where I am and I love the fact that although the results are often underwhelming, the rewards are unequalled. Because life with God is not a magazine cover or a social media update or a viral trend. Life with God is a surprising story of forgiveness, transformation and love that he continues to write in the lives of people like you and me.
And that’s what I write about. I write about how God shows up in unexpected ways in the everyday lives of ordinary people and how, if we pay attention, we can see glimpses of him at work in this intricate, colourful and astonishing world he made.
I write about these things because God entered human history in the person of his Son, Jesus, and it’s only through him that I know God at all. In the ultimate ‘show and tell’, Jesus revealed what God is like and demonstrated how the Father’s surprising story of forgiveness and love transforms and encompasses messy human stories like mine and, I hope, yours.
So he got up and went to his father. ‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms round him and kissed him. ‘The son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” ‘But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate (Luke 15:20-24).