I want to take a moment to talk about my album “The Wild Inside”. In order to do so I must highlight the United Pursuit community where all the music comes from. The greatest part of Knoxville TN are the people in my community. I know I’m bias, but these people have become my family. I have never been a part of anything so alive… I have never found such acceptance and love. The way you know if your truly living in real community is if the people around you aspire to see you succeed in your calling and destiny as much as their own.
I am very thankful to be part of a community that truly lives as family. Family is the only institution in the earth where love abounds. I have come to understand over the years that the Kingdom of God at its very core is a family.
The Kingdom of God is a great big, loving Daddy God, and all his children. There are so many orphans in our world; children and adults alike that don’t know their Daddy God. And God wants a functioning family operating in the earth because every orphan longs to belong to a family.
As a father of six, five of which are adopted, I am daily laying down my life. I sacrifice my time, energy, and pursuits to see my children equipped, trained, healed and loved. They each have a unique design and intricate makeup. The way God made them to perceive the world is individual and beautiful. I count it an honor to patiently steward each life God has entrusted me with, and I love it when they succeed. This is the same dedication God has for each of us, His children. We must learn to extend this same kind of selfless love to all those around us.
So you might be asking what this has to do with my album? I am just so moved to have such amazing brothers and sisters like Will and Andrea Reagan, Nathan and Brittany Fray, Brock Human, Brandon Hampton, Michael Carr and so many others who have taken time out of their own crazy lives to help me with my album. They have got behind my songs because they see something in me that they want to share with the world. They know me, they know who I really am, and that’s what they want to share. As an artist this is incredibly encouraging.
The family around me that is purely motivated out of love sets the message God has placed in me free. They long to see my dreams fulfilled and the Spirit of Adoption flood the earth.
My hope is that everyone can experience the depth of relationship only family can give. It’s the breeding ground for creativity and innovation. I pray that each person would find themselves as a son, brother, daughter, sister, mother, father, etc. In doing so you are building the Kingdom of God. You are building the only institution in the world that truly provides healing for the orphan. This is how caring for the orphan becomes the purest and most undefiled form of religion (James 1:27), it brings us back to our purest and simplest design. The design Papa God longs to see fill the earth; family.