Yeah this is a term used by many within our community here (or it used to be in the 90s), seeing that we live at the beach. When a large swell comes in it’s “radical,” or when a bro shreds a great line you hear “radical dude” screamed over the sea. But that’s not the association in which I write this word.
Dictionary.com’s second definition to the word radical states, “thoroughgoing or extreme, especially as regards changefrom accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in thepolicy of a company.” This is the radical I speak of. Changing something about oneself, to the extreme. Making changes within yourself or on the exterior and the way one lives your life, to the extreme.
The group of students and leaders preparing for the trip to Accra, Ghana in Africa have been challenged to read David Platt’s book “Radical.” It has been an awesome read so far and has created even greater discussion within our group meetings. Understanding what it means to look within oneself and really give yourself completely to God. In order to do that certain “radical” changes have to be made within yourself in abandoning things that you might hold on to. This easily could be looked at as just material possessions, giving up certain things one does not need and learning to be thankful for the things one does have. That takes a lot of change, especially in our culture and country. It often places you swimming against the stream of those around you.
There is also a way to give up things within your soul; fears, mistrust, uncertainty, discontent, etc. These things are sometimes hard to let go of and live completely at the hand of God the Father and His will for your life. But what was awesome in reading the book, it begins looking into giving up these things radically. But the second chapter focuses on the need for filling yourself back up with the Word of God. His scriptures show us that these things we often struggle within ourselves with, God is there to be them for us. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength.” 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us to “Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” Then there is Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.” There is the icing on the cake.
It has been cool to me to just be in thought of the things within my soul that often keep me captive every day. While there are some constants, there other many of these that change every day. But just making myself aware of them has helped a ton. Even more powerful is the fact that as I let go of them, God strengthen me and fills me up directly with these specific thing using His word and His promises. It has been amazing thus far preparing for Africa across the board of my life. Continue to lift up all the students and team members that are preparing for this trip! Much love. Live radical dude (and dudettes)!