Note 1 The Back Story

Everyone has a story, whether we like it or not, and it will always be with us. We can't hide nor disregard it, because it will always surface. Here's the reality, and listen to me clearly. Embrace it! Your story is History!

I'll spare you the Christian cliche, but I do want you to understand this- that statement is a lot more profound than you think. 🤔 If you don't fully understand History (in the sense of His Story) you will never obtain this life and if you don't realize your story is History (in the sense of finished, paid in full, no longer a burden) you'll never sustain this life. That is why you are reading this, correct? We'll discuss that later.

Well, I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Robert Campbell and this is my story. What this website is for me, is an opportunity to share my scattered but sometimes divine notes on how I came to know Christ. I didn't just wake up one day and fully understand the Bible and the meaning of life. As great as that may sound, these things were and are still being revealed to me as I walk down this path of faith, hope and love. But, I would like to share a moment when things began to shift for me.

I'd being lying if I said it was a magic moment. There were no partying clouds and the sun shining down on me. That pivotal moment for me was a slow build, that I never saw coming. 😏 It all started with my mom's constant reminder of these four words, "Robert, it's not about you." Her reason for saying this was to remind me at all times to "give God the glory." It never failed. Anytime something great happened or someone complimented me, she made a point to make sure I knew who to credit. But, I knew this! I mean, I thought I did....

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Note 2 The Fall

There's this expectation that God is always looking to give us the best in life. And this is true. It's just our idea of what is best does not always align with what God knows is best. I had big dreams and aspirations growing up and just like most young boys, it revolved around sports. Who am I kidding! I'm an adult and still do! 😄 Growing up, basketball was my world and it became the stage for one of my greatest life moments that I label, "The Fall."

The Fall is what the Bible refers to as what happens after one takes on a spirit pride and arrogance. (Proverbs 16:18) I didn't even know I was prideful. 😳 People would tell me how well I played in a game and I would respond with a simple, "Thanks." Nothing abnormal, but my mom would always remind me to give God the glory, and for some reason, that made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I mean a prayed before every game and even thanked Him afterwards. Was there something more that I should be doing?

Ok, back to the pivotal moment when it all changed... My senior year of high school. Yes, another traumatic high school story... why does high school even exist? I digress... It's the regional basketball tournament and we are down by 3 points with 5 seconds to go. This was my moment. Now I had been in moments like this before and in most cases they turned out great. I knew this moment would be nothing different and that God had set the stage for me to succeed. I mean this was the perfect stage for him to get the glory, right? So as the play unfolds, I've got the ball in my hands, I dribble the length of the court, pull up for a three pointer and... I airballed. I watched as the ball left my hands headed to the basket and it simply just falls short. I was in complete disbelief. So what do I do when I see the ball fall short and the horn blows with zero seconds on the clock? I fall. 😭

Note 3 The Rise

It was at this moment, that I started to question everything. I couldn't understand how God could let it end this way. I was suppose to be this star basketball player that hit the last second shots and won the championship. I mean isn't that how the movies end? How could I have such a vivid dream and it not be a reality? What was I missing?

I laid there on the basketball court crying (yes, I literally fell to the ground after missing the shot.) and saying over and over, "God, it was not suppose to be this way." As my uncle and dad picked me up off the court and carried me to the locker room, it was at this point, I had hit my lowest. It was here in this moment, that my reality did not align with God's actuality.

It was more about me than I thought. What I thought was an act of giving God the glory, was me more so touching base with Him just enough so that I could comfortably pursue the life I wanted. My life was more about me and how I was preceived, than God being glorified through me.

Here's the beauty of the Father. This fall and low point of my life, was the blessing of my life. This experience would lead me to a deeper desire to connect with the Father. Now, it would be great to say, I learned my lesson through this one experience, and walked the walk and talked the talk, however, my life would conjure up many more lessons on pride, and that is ok. We just have to remember to get back up and remember who this life is all about. It's my life experience that have got me to this point and why I've created this website.

Note 4 The Road Ahead

So as it turns out, mom was right! It's not about me. And when you come to terms with this, you live in freedom. As it says in the book of John, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36).

There's much to learn on this road. Here's a few things to consider as we begin this journey:

Reference Scripture
2 Timothy 2:7 "Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things."
John 4:23 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him."
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
John 8:31-32 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."