To say it’s been a while is an understatement! But that’s enough dwelling on the past. I figured there’s no time better to re-engage writing for K6L than the one year anniversary since the last posting. Wow! All whole year! I’m sure some of you must have had a crazy wild year while for others it may have been “just another year.” Regardless of which camp your tent is pitched in, I’m glad you’re here and I want to say thank you for still being around to support K6 Leadership.
We plan on making some changes to be more in line with what we are doing now in our life and our purpose. You will get a feel of these directional changes as we go along.
It’s been one amazing year – ups, downs, and a lot of food thrown on the floor (that would be the two and one-year-old). The Kueen (Nikki) and I loaded up a 6′ x 12′ U-Haul and our Yukon XL last June, hooked ‘em together with one not-so-secure-looking bolt, and headed back to Michigan, minus one really nice patio set. I fought for it but lost out to an abundance of baby toys… so in Kansas it remained.
The simple fact that we headed northeast to Michigan and not due south to Texas is an interesting little story of which the full ramifications have not yet been realized (and only God may ever fully know). It essentially came down to a meeting between a patriarch and his son-in-law at a Coney Island in construction-dismantled “downriver” Michigan. Against every yearning of a dream that I had had for 13 years, after discussing with my Kueen, I decided to postpone the realization of the dream a little while longer.
You may have had a dream planted in your heart or been given a vision by God of something to come in your future and it hasn’t come yet and you’re not sure if it ever will by the way things look. Hold on. Never give up. Never lose hope. Never abandon faith. Never ever EVER quit believing God will do what He said He’ll do and choose the route of, “My dream wasn’t that important anyway. After all, my life isn’t so bad.” It’s in His timing not ours and the Bible says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
That reminds me of the story of the man who approached God in prayer one day. “God, how long is a million years to you?” God said, “A million years is like a second.” Then the man asked, “How much is a million dollars to you?” God said, “A million dollars is like a penny.” The man smiled and said, “Could you spare a penny?” God smiled back and said, “Sure, just wait a second.”
I know that God has not put the dreams in my heart that He has to torture me – regardless how it feels at times. It’s quite the opposite, actually. He has planted the dreams and visions inside my heart and soul for the purpose of shaping me into the man He would have me be for His glory. I am fully confident, as I seek Him all these things will be added unto me (Matthew 6:33).
Upon arrival in Michigan at the end of June 2012, I was thoroughly unsure what I was going to do professionally. This was strange for me given that I had invested five years of my life toward one path and in the blink of an eye it seemed to vanish. If you strive for anything beyond the norm, there will come a time when you will be confronted and tested at a level beyond what you think you can bear. You will be confronted with doubt. You will wonder, “was it all a waste?” You will entertain thoughts such as “was I believing a lie?” or “God, I thought this was your idea. I thought you were here.” I remember too many nights falling asleep on a tear-soaked pillow. It’s even harder when a period of disillusionment like this originates from people who you know love you and you love them.
At the point we returned to Michigan, not only was I trying to normalize my heart and mind after a deployment to Afghanistan (which I don’t wish on anyone), I also had to deal with the confusion, hurt, and frustration of thinking my purpose in life was a façade. I will say this with full confidence, if something in your life arises which causes you to doubt nearly everything you believe about what you’re doing and where you’re going, you better not leave one stone unturned in searching for the truth of the matter. If you believe gossip over going to the source, if you buy into the doubt over your conviction, or if you choose to walk away and give up rather than fight with a righteous fury, you don’t deserve the life God has planned for you.
Again I repeat this life lesson: when you are the recipient of gossip, never let it rest until after you’ve gone to the source in question. Unless you don’t care about the relationship, in which case it doesn’t matter. I’ve also learned, the more devastating the news, the more crucial it is for you to seek out the truth. I did it and it changed the course of my life.
Living your purpose and calling in life will demand more than you think you have, that’s a fact. And while I am nowhere near the culmination of anything God has in store for me and my family, I have been through enough at this point to know there is nothing or no one that I will allow to stand in the way of me claiming the purpose for my creation.
As the weather cooled (mid-August) and the season changed to autumn (3rd week of August, haha) we began focusing our efforts on where we were headed and leaving the past in the past. Relationships were forming with new partners and were strengthening with older partners. I began delving into the community with which I choose to invest my life in service to others in order to fulfill God’s call for my family. This for me is an act of obedience, not necessarily preference or comfort. But that is not to say I’m working in drudgery or out of sheer duty, quite to the contrary.
When you find something that has equipped you to radically revolutionize everything in your life to a level most people will never experience and you can help others do the same and it happens to be God’s will for you, who in their right mind would ever walk away from that? There are very few people in this world who are actually living the life they’ve always dreamed of deep down inside. And now that I understand a great deal of the process, I know why. Guts.
Can we all live a life like that? Absolutely! We love watching actors and actresses live out their dreams on screen, we go crazy with enthusiasm (think painted flabby naked chests) watching our favorite sports teams hoist the trophy at the end of a grueling season, we’re inspired to tears by the Olympian holding her gold medal high above her head smiling through tearful pain and exhilaration – these things inspire us, motivated us, and give us a sense of destiny which we wish we could only make our own. We experience these emotions because it’s the real stuff life is made of. We were born to live that way, in some shape or form. It’s not intended for all of us to be Olympic athletes or movie stars but I think you get my point. So few people will battle beyond the fear, doubt, and worry which we all experience. I believe the only difference between the champions who live their dreams and those who choose the daily grind instead is faith. It’s one of the worst afflictions a human can have – lack of faith. Jesus repeatedly condemned having a lack of faith, all the while encouraging us to have faith, just little tiny faith would change everything. Matthew 17:20
If the odds, percentage wise, are so astronomically low that someone will actually win a gold medal versus all those who “wish” they could, why would anyone even try? Faith. Those athletes believe that if they put in the work, eat properly, condition their mind with the right inputs, and take quitting off the table that they have a real shot at achieving their goals and dreams. And they do.
That’s the transition Nikki and I made in the autumn of 2012. I still haven’t totally nailed down the eating properly part yet as I really like rainbow sherbet! But as far as only allowing good things into our minds, maintaining perseverance, serving others with all of our hearts, and doing it all for God’s glory – we’re better than we’ve ever been!
We love our life today! We love the relationships in our life! There are new friendships this year alone that did not exist prior that I believe are going to be with us until the day we die. Praise God for that! We love waking up every day knowing that were living our purpose not someone else’s! We love being leaders in a worthy cause and we love sharing it with others.
The world is dark and it seems to be getting darker. But as long as my God is on His throne, there is HOPE! There’s actually a group of people who have said enough is enough and we are about changing it. We are disgusted with the influences that are trying to claim our kids. We’re sick and tired of seeing families get torn apart because of a lack of support and right information. We are not for everybody and we know that. We love everyone but we know we’re not for everyone. We don’t care. We are for who we are for, period.
- For nearly 6 1/2 years I have been in excellent-living training with a movement called Team.
- For 18 months we’ve been partners in a purpose-driven, lifestyle-providing business called LIFE. It’s what we do.
- I’ve done my due diligence in seeking the truth.
- Unlike when I was a Registered Nurse or when I was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, we are the anti-pyramid.
- We are not for the weak-kneed or excuse-laden.
- We do not sell trinkets, soap, or juice. We sell hope – for those with faith.
- Everyone has their own journey. Live yours and love it!
- When/If you return from disillusionment… You will be dangerous.
- We love you.
Adam & Nikki
PS. FYI: Just as we began K6 Leadership last year discussing from our point of view such things as broken relationships, addiction and renovation, we will continue to offer true, open, honest, and vulnerable content along those lines. The intent of this post is to give a bit of a feel of what K6L is going to represent as we go forward. Nikki and I receive tremendous feedback from people when we share our testimony. Now, we will be sharing more of how it came to be and how you or someone you love can apply the principles in various areas of life to go after and achieve the dreams of your heart.
PSS. Please let us know how we can serve you. If it’s in the realm of our imagination or power, we will.
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