You cannot go to the world to find out who you are; you must go to God and then bring who you are to the world. For there are no small parts or insignificant roles in the Larger Story. God made everyone, everything, and every day epic. That’s a hard lesson to learn. One of our greatest challenges as image bearers is to resist and overcome the gravitational pull to live small.

It was C. S. Lewis who wrote, in The Weight of Glory,

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. . . . Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat—the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself is truly hidden.

Paul writes to the Corinthians,

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17–18)

Hm . . . “ever-increasing glory.” That sounds pretty good. Yes, all glory and honor is due God—he has, and he gets, the capital-G Glory. But he radiates it through us. We are “born of God” (1 John 5:1), and his spiritual DNA is in us. We bear the family resemblance to our Father. We may fall, but we don’t fall far from the tree, “for in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

The life God has afforded us is far more than just “being saved” and hanging on until Jesus parts the eastern sky. It is far more than just trying not to sin. The Father, Son, and Spirit intend to carry out their original plan for creation, sharing their glory and kingdom with the sons and daughters of God. Jesus said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through [the disciples’] message. . . . I have given them the glory you gave me” (John 17:20, 22).

If God is giving us glory, he must want us to discover it, protect it, enjoy it, and offer it.

King Me

King Me

Every man has a kingdom. Not every king rules well.

You can.

Like a living piece in life's checker game, you are moving across the board toward your time of greatest authority and impact. But what kind of king will you be?

Your kingdom is always being watched, and your family and core relationships look to you to come through. You have an ancient adversary who is playing for keeps. You also have a fiercely loving Advocate who desires to guide you, teach you, and entrust you with more.

In King Me, Michael Thompson guides you through the six stages of the masculine journey in order to release you forward, oriented and equipped. Continuing beyond where The Heart of a Warrior left off, Michael kindly and wisely invites you to uncover your story, see the wounds of your past, and be initiated into the glory in your heart. Through healing encounters and validating experiences with God, you can learn to wield love as your greatest Kingdom weapon and provide a kingdom where hearts are free.

You are invited to become a man after God's own heart. You are always one move away from becoming more and advancing goodness, or becoming less and compromising your kingdom.

It's your move.