Yes

My Next Yes

6 months ago, I got a new tattoo.  Nothing elaborate, just a word. One word… on my wrist. You can’t see it when my hands are at my sides or my palms are facing down. But it’s there. And when my hands turn over, palms up, there it is…

yes.

3 letters and a punctuation mark. Simple enough, right? What appeared to be no more than a mere one-syllable word had in fact quickly become a pronounced theme IN my life, and I arrived at the conclusion that I wanted it to be the theme OF my life.  I wanted the ever-present reminder. Palms up, hands open, to what comes and what goes…

yes.

On one hand, I supposed it all started April 13, 2012 when I boarded a plane headed for Nairobi, Kenya with a missions team from Cross Point, a copy of Bob Goff‘s brand new book, “Love Does”, in hand. A central theme woven throughout much of the book was the idea of imagining what could be possible in the life of a person who would “just say yes” to God. I read the book cover to cover on that flight, and it began to shape my heart in ways that would play out dramatically over the next 6 months.

Though at first glance you could say that was the beginning of my “yes”, I’ve since come to realize that the power of “just saying yes” has shaped my life for many years, I just didn’t realize it.  Yes to making unpopular decisions. Yes to leaving what I knew. Yes to throwing comfort to the wind. Yes to unexpected opportunities. Yes to embracing the unfamiliar. Yes to letting people misunderstand. Yes to embracing. Yes to letting go. Yes to courage. Yes to uncertainly. Yes to trusting. Yes to each season.
Yes to the breaking.
Yes to the repair.
Yes to the process.

Looking back over the scope of my life, I am amazed and humbled at how God has scripted His story so unmistakably on the pages of my life, very much in spite of myself. While I could choose to rest in the relative comfort and familiarity of where my journey has led me, it is time for me to say “yes” once again.

A couple months ago I had coffee with my friend Ben Reed. Ben and I have been friends for close to 3 years now, having first met when I was leading a mid-sized young adult community at Cross Point called Stretch. Ben was the Community Groups Director at another area church and he wanted to learn more about what we were doing to reach and engage young single adults, a demographic largely underserved and overlooked by many churches today . It was a crazy season of growth and development for me, and I welcomed the opportunity to share, network with and learn from another leader who had been where I was and was eager to invest his time into my life. In the 3 years that followed, Ben and I would meet for coffee every few months to talk about faith, small groups, ministry and life. I valued his experience, insight, encouragement and friendship. We had met over coffee many times, but this time was different.

Now the Small Groups Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church in North Nashville for the past year, Ben began to update me on his journey, what God is doing at Long Hollow and their increasing need to create a new ministry role that would be dedicated to developing and leading ministry strategies to serve and engage the church’s large and growing number of single adults in both small group and mid-sized community environments. And the kicker… he wanted to know if I would be interested in leading it.

I said yes.

After several weeks of talks, meetings and ironing out details, I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position and will be joining the small groups team at Long Hollow on January 5, 2014!

I have been on staff for over 3 years at Cross Point in a Kids Ministry leadership role and have had the pleasure of serving an absolutely incredible team of volunteers. However, anyone who knows me well knows that being part of the Stretch young adult community for close to 3 years and leading it for 2 of those was my true passion and what made me come alive. Discerning the season, I walked away from it a little over a year ago, having absolutely no idea it would come back like this. But it has and I cannot wait to dive back into a ministry role that taps into so many of my God-given strengths!

While I am absolutely thrilled at this new opportunity, it is at the same time quite bittersweet.  Cross Point has been my core community for the past 4 years. When I first walked through the doors on January 10, 2010, I didn’t come looking to lead anything. I came because I was broken. At different times in the 4 years since, Cross Point Church has been my emergency room, operating room, my ICU and recovery room, my training gym and proving grounds. I never would have imagined the last 4 years would have looked like they have, but God has used the community at Cross Point and the ministry of Pete Wilson to accept me, love me, break me, invest in me, teach me, rebuild me, grow me, develop me, train me and now… send me.

I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve alongside the amazing staff and community at Cross Point and I’m thankful for how encouraging, supportive and affirming the CP leadership team has been while walking out this transition with me. Looking forward, I am so excited about what God has done and is doing in the community at Long Hollow and I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve with Pastor David Landrith, Ben and the incredible team there. There are mountains yet to climb and I’m ready!

So here I go. Head up. Eyes fixed. Palms up. Open handed.

yes.

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29 comments
paulaswift
paulaswift

As my body is broken with cancer today, I am inspired by your
"Yes to Breaking"  (which I've managed to do)

"Yes to Repair"  (harder than I thought - it means I have to accept help)

"Yes to Process"  (um, can't even say where I begin on that one)


Thankful for you, Grant - may many, many more years of "yes" continue to bring great glory to our God!

DwayneLacy91
DwayneLacy91

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just WOW!!!!!!!

Andy Whisenant
Andy Whisenant

So very excited for you dude! Thank you so much for how you have invested in me and helped me pushed me to lead, even when I was very unsure of myself and my abilities. Can't wait to see how God uses you in ridiculous ways at Long Hollow to impact people in similar ways!

Danielle
Danielle

Congrats friend! What a great way to put it. While you will be missed, I am so very excited for this next chapter for you!

Jenni Catron
Jenni Catron

Excited for you, Grant. Bittersweet yes, but I know your gifts will shine and you will thrive in this new role. Proud of you!

tam hodge
tam hodge

i am proud of you. i am thrilled for you. i am honored to call you friend. love you, grant.

Judith
Judith

wow! this is an incredibly powerful post, Grant. I love your tattoo and the motivation behind it: hands open, palms up, accepting what comes from God and saying yes to Him. That is an image that I will be hiding in my heart so that I can call upon it when I am hearing God telling me the next thing coming in his plan.

thank you for sharing the way that this has shaped you and your life.

And congratulations on the next yes you are moving into.

Sarah
Sarah

Your journey shoves me closer to Christ. That is about the highest compliment I can give.

Hali Fowler
Hali Fowler

Congratulations, Grant!!! You will be very much missed, but so excited for what God has in store for you!!!

Jordan Jones
Jordan Jones

G - you are loved by so many. God has crazily used your story to stir the affections of so many toward God, including me. May this next chapter propel you to greater levels of reliance on Him and love for those he puts in your path. Don't stop writing!!

JuliaKate
JuliaKate

Shondai! ...(breaks out in the aisle & an usher comes to make sure I don't hurt myself or others.) Our God is good!... And the steps of a righteous man & whatnot:)

Tammy Helfrich
Tammy Helfrich

Congratulations!! I am so excited for you. It's very apparent to see your passion for young people, and how much you love investing in them. Can't wait to hear the amazing stories that are about to be written due to your yes.

robyn collins
robyn collins

couldn't be more excited to work with you... be on the same team! you're amazing. and we are blessed that God is giving you to us.

Makeda
Makeda

Grant, I am so beyond THRILLED for you in this new season and super excited you get to serve alongside Ben. I have so much respect for him and for you as you have so faithfully said yes to God over the years. Your life is a testimony to the absolutely redemptive work God will do when we just say YES. Congratulations and many blessings as you step into this new season.

Allison Buzard
Allison Buzard

So exciting, Grant! Congratulations! What a great fit for you!

Morgan
Morgan

This is awesome, Grant! I'm truly excited to see you step into this next venture God has for you.

Marissa
Marissa

So happy for you in this new journey and absolutely love the new tattoo theme of your life! Blessings to you on this new venture! Can't wait to see the awesomeness unfold!

Aaron
Aaron

Congratulations my friend. I've told you before but I am so impressed by how much you invest in all that you do. I know you will take flight in this new role as well. Congratulations.

Ronne
Ronne

First of all, thank you for writing again. I pray you continue to pour words onto the page.

And then, congratulations! I love how the Lord's journey for us is adventurous and full of life. What a gift you and Long Hollow will be to each other.

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Andy Whisenant You're very kind, buddy. Thank you for this. I have so many memories of what all i saw God do in so many lives in the years I spent at CP. I'm so proud of how much you've grown since I first met you. Thank you for the love and support! 

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Jenni Catron Thank you so much, Jenni. What a journey this has been. Thank you for your encouragement and support. It really means a lot to me!

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Jordan Jones crazily FTW! :) Thanks so much, brother! 

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Brian Asher ha! You're awesome. You are one of those who are forever part of my story. I'm so thankful for all those moments where I led my way and walked through a lot of uncharted waters with people like yourself encouraging me all along the way.  Thankful for you, buddy.

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@robyn collins I'm honored to be on the team, Robyn!

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Makeda Thank you so much, my friend! I love seeing how God has developed Ben and I's friendship over the years, preparing the foundation for this moment. He and I are going to be an awesome team. Thank you for the love and encouragement! 

anidolheart
anidolheart moderator

@Ronne Thank you, Ronne! I'll be writing much more. :)