Kicking Against The Pricks
Jay is back from L.A. where's he's been working on a project about his mom. Combined that with Mother's Day and Jay reading his mom's book I Gotta Be Me and we got ourselves a talk! Today's talk isn't just about Tammy Faye, but also diving into the inspiration and impact she's had on Jay's life and his views on Grace—which is the cornerstone of Revolution Gathering. Jay talks about how Tammy Faye was a ruthless lover of people, and a prisoner of hope and love. How she always chose love and how love was her trump card. We know life is hard and life hurts. It's pain and it's suffering, and no one does it perfectly. So, when we try to show others love and Grace, of course we'll fail at it and of course we'll miss the mark. Life is messy! But we try! And we keep on trying and we choose love even when it's uncomfortable and even when it hurts. Because, as Jay ponders in his talk, maybe that's what dying to our flesh really is—maybe it's about just trying and failing and learning who we really are. What makes us who us, and our desires to be who we are. And as Tammy's favorite verse in Philippians points out, we can do all things! We can love and show grace, we can fail and struggle, because we're not doing it on our own. We don't need to walk the Narrow Road alone, that's why we have each other. That's why we have community. To help each other get to a place where we can let our suffering get us to a place of betterment and not bitterness. Because at the end of the day, we only get one life! Let's find out who we are and who we want to be. Let's die to our flesh and become that. In the words of someone far wiser than us…We gotta be us!
This talk was given on May 8, 2022 in Seattle, WA.