Friday, January 08, 2010

TwentyTen: I am released!



OK.

This is a biggie.

During all of the time I’ve been blogging, using Facebook and Twitter etc I’ve been very careful with my online presence to say very little about my previous day to day working life in the electronic music, audio & video product industry…concentrating rather on my life as a follower of Jesus trying to live as authentically as I can.

This was not some secular/sacred issue. I made that online separation simply because I wanted to be defined not by what I “do” in my career, but rather by what I “am”. In fact over the years I have become ever more convicted that it is this attempt at walking the way of Jesus that defines me; weak, faltering and broken as I am.

Now that maxim will apply more than ever:

Here at the beginning of 2010 I become a free agent.

I am released!

My employment came to an end just before Christmas, due to a merger within the corporate group I have been a part of for many years.

Together with my family – and with a lot of prayer – we’ve just been trying to discern where we go from here.

We feel this is gift of God (perhaps more accurately a hefty kick) to make myself more available to Jesus stuff in whatever form that takes. Expecting that there will perhaps be more time than before, I’ve already stepped out and started to take the initiative to get involved in a few things that I have a passion for, and are close to my heart.

It’s time to recalibrate.

Early signs seem to be focussed towards authentic missional discipleship, connection and some kind of increased & enhanced online activity - influenced in part because I have been inspired by those over the last little while who by their living, writing, sharing, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, grace and love have impacted me more than they will ever realize.

JD, Thomas and Stewart are among that number with the Something Beautiful Podcast and JD’s book, St Peter's Brewery - Chris with Geek-Speak - Sam Radford with his Awaken stuff, Duncan McFadzean with his Seven Men projects, Chris and Dana at Blue Door TV, the remarkable transitional journey of Chick and Margaret Yuill...the list could go on and on!

I've never been much of a bread head, so it will be my passion that will drive this thing. In many ways I want it to be a vehicle to help others, as much as help myself. I'm excited to see how it evolves.

Also, I guess I've been recently quite inspired by former pastor, Problogger and friend of Tall Skinny Kiwi, Darren Rowse, and although I don't expect to be earning 6 figures anytime soon(!!), I am interested to explore just a little of what might be achieved. Over the longer haul, though, I've really been taken by how many of my buddies have just gotten off their butts, and taken leaps of faith...

If we’ve connected in any way since I started blogging YOU are part of my story, for that I thank you.

There’s a phrase that I picked up from renowned missiologist Mike Frost that has real resonance for me and my family at the moment. We are
Following the Missio Dei into Strange Places

I am excited about what God has in store for us!

If you want to join me on the journey or think I can in some small way support you on yours, feel free to get in touch with me on Facebook or Twitter

We would ask for your prayers.

Much love...in his dust

12 comments:

Jonathan Blundell said...

Behind you all the way Johnny!

I'd love to have you share some of this on the podcast -- and I'd love to welcome you to share the other stories you find along the way (if you're so inclined).

Thanks for your valued friendship. Keep groovin' in His dust!

Johnny said...

Happy to do that. Just let me know when.

J

Lon said...

Johnny - thrilled for new opportunities and stories to be written with your life!

Johnny said...

Thanks, Lon. Appreciate you taking the time to drop me a comment.

Pax

J

Theresa Seeber said...

Johnny, how excited and incredibly amazing! Now, fully devoted to him, you can run the race set before you without the tedium of employment taking the majority of your hours from you! May you find Jesus bringing to you people and places and things that you had never dreamed possible. May you never lay your heads on your pillows at night wishing there had been some other way - may you always rest assured that although God rarely does things the way we are convinced he will, you have been his this day, and done your best for and with him. May you set free souls who yearn for him but somehow are not connecting to him already. May your steps be light and your way be clear before you. May the sun shine warm and bright in your faces and may God keep you safe, healthy and happy. And may we keep in touch throughout your journey always, that we may rejoice always with you.

Johnny said...

That's a wonderful prayer, Theresa.

Thanks

Pax

J

Existential Punk said...

And YOU have been a part of my Odyssey, Johnny! Thank you so much for your friendship!

Thoughts and prayers to you and yours as you embark on the next phase of YOUR odyssey!

Much love and respect,
EP

Johnny said...

Thanks, Adele!

wcs53 said...

Exciting days for sure! Looking forward to seeing where God takes you next on your journey! Praying for you guys! Let me know of any specifics I can pray for.

Johnny said...

Thanks William!

Pax

J

Chris H said...

How did I miss this until now?

Thanks for the mention. I've been pleased to be part of your journey up to now and pleased to have you as part of mine!

If there's anything I can do to help you as you explore what's ahead just let me know!

Johnny said...

Glad to have mentioned you, Chris. I'll be in touch! There might be a few tips you can give me.

J