The Embody Project

As I study the Embody Project,

I notice a few commonalities:

the shedding of clothes

brings with it the shedding of judgements,

the shedding of hangups

about the body and others’ opinions of it.

When we get beyond all the layers,

we transcend the physical

Suddenly, everyone is prophetic,


It’s like we step into our true Edenic selves,

who walk with Jesus just like we used to

before our flesh knew shame.

Under the Bus

If there is ever a metaphorical bus of self-deprecation,

I have an awful tendency of throwing myself under it.

Some sick part of my brain calls it humility

but the truth is, if this were an actual bus,

it would be considered suicide.

Depression is definitely in the family,

I’m well familiar with it,

So I know I have tendency to dumpster dive

right into danger’s way-

not out of heroism, but just cuz

my brain is stupid.

I want to be a hero, a true hero.

I suppose the first step is to save myself,

so then I can be here tomorrow to save others.

Poker Face

I think it’s humbling and hilarious that we spend years out of our lives with our cards tightly pressed against our chest, not wanting to give anything up to God.

Jesus let’s us play our little game for a while, but eventually He just looks at us with a certain sadness and says, “Three of clubs, two of diamonds, king of hearts, ace of spades, and jack of diamonds.” After allowing us a moment of stupefied wonder, He leans in and says, “now, let’s talk about why you feel you need to beat me in the first place.”

What Am I to You?

Read: Mark 8:27-30

So Jesus is walking down the road one day. He stops, turns to His disciples, and says, “who do you say I am? Some people say this, some people say that, and some people say something else; but, you, what do you think?” Peter gives a stellar response, worthy of any top Sunday school or Bible class. Then, Jesus, satisfied, turns and keeps walking.

Another day, Jesus TELLS the disciples who He is and what is going to happen to Him and Peter will have nothing to do with it. Jesus rebukes Peter and, again, keeps walking.

I love that, as we walk farther along with Jesus, He will continually check in, always asking who we think He is. Or better yet, He will ask why we are even here. The options are many. Sometimes our responses are stellar. Sometimes they are still brewing, works in process. Sometimes, they aren’t simpatico, don’t quite vibe, with Jesus’ will and person.

This is a personal journey. Jesus does not ask us to delegate our response to a friend or family member or religious leader. He asks us individually (also corporately, if applied to a singular body), who we think He is and why we are here? He listens. Then He discusses. He cares about the response. For Him, there is a right and wrong answer, but He wants to know where we stand first.

So, who is Jesus to you? Why are you at His side? Be honest. No points for brown nosing. He wants you as you are. He can work with us from there.