I turned 15

Fifteen years ago today, my faith in an invisible God came to a place where I decided to mark myself as a follower of His by getting dunked in a freezing cold river in a dark forest outside of Canberra. I remember afterwards sitting in the loungeroom feeling very strange. A mixture of euphoria and confusion. Little did I know the adventures God would take me on throughout Australia and the world.

Looking back on my life I can’t remember a time I didn’t believe in a creator God. There was definitely a time that I thought ‘If I wasn’t made for a reason, then there’s no point to me being here’, which saw me chase down my purpose through experimenting and asking a ton of questions.

I have lived in life-giving communities who collectively decided to live lives of faith and prayerful rhythm to seek unity and good for all those around them. I have also seen destruction and elitism under the same guise.

I have seen miracles attributed to God, but also curses that could easily be blamed on him too. and when one reads through scripture, it is easy to find ways to disbelieve or paint the whole Christian faith with negativity and death. The faith I was given in my childhood that I have grown into near maturity is one of joyful positivity and naive hopefulness. One that craves intimacy with those around me and with the one I blame my life on. One that attempts to champion and do good for others but understands that ultimately we are all buttheads that need grace ALOT.

The faith I was given in my childhood that I have grown into near maturity is one of joyful positivity and naive hopefulness. One that craves intimacy with those around me and with the one I blame my life on. One that attempts to champion and do good for others but understands that ultimately we are all buttheads that need grace ALOT.

I have studied the scriptures and tested God to the extent that I trust Him and it to the extent of what they are. Arrows to life and love.

It’s been a cool 15 years. but I am looking forward to the next 15 years a lot more.

Shout out to my parents, Camille, my siblings, Luke Chapman, Todd Tipton, Jason Whalley and etc for getting me on the journey and all those who have been constant words of life and encouragement since.

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