Hi! My name is Chad.
Twelve years ago I was living in Seattle as a successful Christian music industry guy climbing a great career ladder.
But, I was also living in sin.
I was addicted to drugs, pornography and myself - struggling to love Jesus, let alone anyone else.
Around the time my sin was at it’s best, someone gave me a copy of Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, which was when I realized I was doing just that: wasting my life.

While driving into the office one day, God powerfully met me. I sensed Him asking a question while simultaneously breaking through my hardness of heart; “Why are you fighting Me?” Right there, during the morning rush hour on the Seattle viaduct - hopeful none of my commuting neighbors were noticing - I broke down crying, weeping even, confessing my sin and asking Jesus to give me the kind of story He wanted to write over my life.

Fast-forward a few years and I was at a conference in Minneapolis when I still-small-voice heard the Holy Spirit answering my Seattle prayer from years earlier with four simple, bold instructions:

1. Make your life all about Jesus.
2. Stop worrying about money.
3. Make disciples of artists and others.
4. Give yourself away.

That was when my true calling came - at the peak of industry success - an unexpected, undeserved twelve year career that had securely affixed my name to an album or two. Five days after the conference, I put in my music-industry resignation to begin awkwardly stumbling after Jesus. I was one part impassioned and three parts foolish. I cashed out 401(k), gold plaques, my record collection and the unremarkable old for a messy, extravagant new that has led me - reluctantly - to every continent on the planet.

Obedience is what every single Christian is called to, even if that looks drastically different for you than it does for me. Following - actually trailing after - Jesus, wherever and whenever He leads, is the greatest joy and yet easiest place where we fail. Had I not listened to what Jesus was telling me back then, I would not have this story to share with you now.

To obey is better than sacrifice, to listen than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22
What if you took only one risk to love God and neighbor as you love yourself? How much would your own experience - not to mention the whole global world - turn upside down?
Equipping you for a life of risk is why I'm here.
If God can move through me, He can flow through you.
Fear is not your friend.

Take a risk, your Father is King of the Universe.

Chad


To learn more about Chad, or "One Thousand Risks: Fighting Fear for an Awkward, Awesome Life with Jesus" visit chadisliving.com/onethousandrisks

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Episode 123: Irreverent Yetis, Repressive Religion, and Talking Cheek to Cheek.

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In this episode of the Provoke&Inspire podcast Ben, David and Luke answer questions that were sent in by our listeners and discuss how the pervasive message in our worship songs,…

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The skies themselves testified my departure from the industry of Christian music, or so it seemed to this melodramatic fool looking for a sign. Handing in my corporate key fob,…

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Episode 114: How would Jesus react to Colin Kaepernick's Nike Ad?

In this episode, the guys discuss the highly controversial Nike Ad that features Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback and has become a highly polarizing figure for his decision to…

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Episode 113: Talking Alien Abductions and Preaching the Gospel with Tedashii!

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