Who is Chris?

I am Chris (For those of you who have not already made that deduction)

Welcome fellow travelers on this journey called life . . .

The objective of my blog is to present an authentic and transparent perspective on what it means to live as a Christian, through experiences in my life, as well as, the lives of others. This blog is my chronology as I seek to live and learn while pursuing the Christian life. I am just another believer, trying to walk in Christ. The only thing special about me, is the only thing thing that makes any believer special, Christ.  As I walk this walk, live this life, my goal is to chronicle lessons, as I am thinking through, learning, and most importantly living them.

Why Do I Write this Blog?

Writing is an ability that God has given me, so I intend to use it.  Realistically, I am by no means a brilliant theologian, a scholarly philosopher, nor  a particularly excellent writer, however I do not let that stop me.  Whether He through me, impacts one or none, I make the most of the time and gifts He has given, and that is all I am responsible for. It is a privilege to be able to share my successes, on the good days,  and  my failures on the bad, with others regardless of, whether they get something from what I have to share or not. We should strive to lead lives of transformation as we develop in our theology and philosophy. Life is both orthodoxy and orthopraxy. In the end this blog is not about numbers, it is about challenging how people think and ultimately how they live, while being encouraged by the fact of, as believers, we are all in this together. Be assured, anything I write to you who read this blog, I write to myself also. That is why I blog.

Contrast Living

For as dark, forsaken and meaningless as what my life used to be, because of the  light  life that much better.

Where it All Began (Some Context)

I grew up in Tennessee, became a believer when I was nineteen, and since then the Lord has done some incredible things in my life. I have had the privilege not only to learn more about God through the venue of Bible college, but also by taking that knowledge, and experiencing it throughout my everyday life. Just as faith without works is dead so is theology without action. Generally I have no idea what I am doing or where I am going, but the neat thing is, my only responsibility is to know Him and to make Him known; He will take care of the rest. So as I move forward in the hopes of vocational ministry or missions, I follow Him with all that I am and all that I have. When it is all said and done in life, my goal is to continue pursuing truth, even if it kills me.

At one time I would have written a gargantuan fabrication as to who I saw myself as, how extraordinary I believed I was, sentences filled with I’s and Me’s, ultimately glorifying nothing more than my flesh. These thoughts, those words, would extend, but were not limited to,  how great of an artist I was or how brilliant an intellect I possessed, speaking volumes as to how prideful, inside and out, I can be, thoroughly convinced I had some form of worldly value, some human centered genius only contained by me. . . but those were all lies.

And . .

Well . . .

That is not who I am. I am through grace saved by God, and all I can say is let my life in Christ be a testimony as to who He is. It is not about films I enjoy, or music I listen to, even certain books I think are interesting. Life is not about characters or figures I identify with,the great eccentrics and minds of this world, who will one day perish for being nothing more than that, of this world. It is about Christ and Christ alone.There is nothing I can do or be without Him. . .

That is who I am…

My identity is in Christ and in nothing or no one else. You cannot have Christopher without Christ first. . .

The Continued Adventures. . .

The further reality of it all is that I still suck and at times fail…I fail more than I like to admit. My flaws still run deep, and I can be just as lame as the lamest of them. Fortunately, the one thing that does define me are not my flaws, but my position in Christ. It is not a matter of whether or not you have flaws, we all do, Christian or not, what matters is how we respond to and deal with them.

There is nothing remarkable or extraordinary about me, but one thing I do know is that God does exceptional things with unexceptional people. . .

Having been a believer for ten years now I can safely say it is hard, but most things worth having are. Even though the Christian life is so magnificent, the struggles are still very real and walking with Him really has to be a life, not a lifestyle. Would I ever change deciding to walk with Him? Never! Being human at times may conflict with my position in Christ, but by all good truth, my flesh is no longer definitive of me.  I am just another follower of Christ, taking my life day by day, striving to know Him and make Him known, failures, successes and all.

Nice to meet you. . .

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6 Responses to Who is Chris?

  1. I came across your blog and really dug what you had to say about you and walking with the Lord. I also loved the line: and all I can say is let my life in Christ be a testimony as to who I really am.

    You’re right, this thing is hard! Keep up the good honesty.

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

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    • Thanks for your comments. Blogging for me is not so much about the numbers. For me blogging is about challenging people how they think and just importantly how they live. My message is nothing without His message.

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  2. Word.

    -Tasha, The Bridge

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  3. Also, thanks for the follow! It made us feel special and we’re happy to follow back! Keep up the great posting about your walk.

    -Tasha, The Bridge Chicago

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  4. Anna says:

    Chris! My favorite is when you said “you cannot have Christopher without Christ first…”
    Chris thank you for being such a dear friend! And I love your blog!!! I’ve always wanted to start one but always get nervous to! Hahah

    Actually i forgot! I started one a while back, and have been so excited now after reading yours to continue writing in it about all the LORD is so lovingly doing!

    To Him may the glory be!!! 🙂

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  5. This is the first time I have seen the “cHrIs cAnTrElL” blog. In addition I am a first time blogger. Yes, I can agree that Christ has done a work in the life of Mr. Cantrell. I knew him way back when. Chris it is a privilege to know you my young Christian friend! May God be the Glory!

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