Hey, my name is Preston. I graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and now live in Jackson, Wyoming. I work at the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, where I hang out with people of all ages and do my best to share the hope and love of Jesus.
I hope this blog gives you a snapshot of my life and who I am. More importantly, I hope it offers a helpful perspective for you on who God is and what He's about. Feel free to ask questions about either!
C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle
Ever been nervous about heaven? Sitting on clouds, singing hymns for…ever? Woohoo, right? Well, I have some good news for you. The things you love and desire, the moments you never want to end, the physical beauty of this Earth—it’s all just a taste of what is to come. It’s like we have a faded, worn out scrap of the grand tapestry of the Kingdom of God.
And as the Unicorn realized with sheer joy upon entering Aslan’s country, so we too shall realize one day that there is so much more to hope for than we ever took time to think about. So much wilderness to explore, stories to tell, feasts to enjoy, fields to nap in. We will finally see the full beauty of that tapestry instead of the faded scrap that now brings us our deepest joys.
Can you imagine? I can’t wait.
My wonderful mother taught me this 4-word prayer at the start of 2013. It has been a lifeline to me ever since.
When work is stressful. Life throws me a curveball. I blow it in a relationship. I forget. I get anxious about the future.
I trust You, Jesus…
And I am able to breathe again. It’s so simple; a reminder and a command to myself at the same time. A reminder that God does have a plan, and a command to trust His timing and strategy for fulfilling it. You see, often I don’t feel like I trust Him when I say it. But it is a powerful tool God uses to refocus and realign my heart.
I don’t think I’m the only one who needs that heart check over and over throughout my days, so I encourage you—try it out. Pray it when you feel like you trust Him and even more so when you don’t. Then, take a deep breath. He has a plan.
I have lots of mixed emotions on social media; I usually find myself more on the pessimistic side. But I have to admit—this article pointed out some social media positives that arose from last weeks’ tragedy. I really like this idea as a rule of thumb for how we use social media.
Are you projecting a voice of hope and love to the world, or is it “just self-promotion?”