Four Years Later | A Heartfelt Update From the Desk of Matt Ham

Four years ago, I sat at this exact table I’m writing you from now. I scribbled these questions in my journal:

  • “What am I supposed to do?”
  • “Am I supposed to write?”
  • “Am I supposed to speak?”
  • “Who would listen?”
  • “What will my story be?”

Those questions were laced with naivety and fear. I was eager to begin, but I was scared to death of being rejected and I was uncertain in my own identity.

I was a stressed out dad to three and an exhausted insurance salesman. But amid the diapers and policy declaration pages I felt the tug of the Holy Spirit that something else was waiting. Two days later, I launched my blog.

Since then, I’ve written a book, spoken to thousands, and had the opportunity to connect with more than 250,000 people on my website. But the truth is, it’s not about me.

It never was.

The One Thing God Asks Us For

I didn’t see God’s hand at work when I first started, but I knew He was working. He’s always working. And the reason I didn’t see clearly is because of my own understanding. Too often, we lose sight of what God’s doing because it’s unimaginable with our feeble minds. He’s always doing more than we can ask or think.

The truth is, God was preparing me for something more. He was preparing me to take a much bigger step than I had initially anticipated. That’s how it is with following Him—if you’re willing to step in, He’ll always give you more.

It’s like the loving father who asks his son to take out the trash because he’s hidden a brand new bicycle beside the trashcan. The kid feels like he’s doing the dirty work, but he can’t see the whole picture. Instead of complaining and inadvertently refusing the blessing, the son must learn to trust.

That’s what faith is about—a willingness to relinquish your own understanding and step courageously into trusting the Lord. It’s thousands of small acts of humility, of choosing something other than yourself, that lead to discovering God and all the things He promises to add. In the end, faith is the only thing God asks us for. In return, He gives us the inheritance.

You don’t need to wait on perfect timing and you certainly don’t need to spend another moment analyzing it. You don’t need to pay an online guru and you don’t need to get the approval of your friends. Step boldly into what God has called you to do. Do the thing that you can’t not do—the thing you’ve been putting off—and trust that He’ll guide you from there.

Looking Back to Go Forward

Through the past four years—the cancer, all the blog posts, the early morning coffee, the prayer walks, the professional tension, a houseful of four small children, the traveling, and trying to live by faith—God has continually shown me that I am incapable. On my own strength, I fail. Every. Time. I know that now. And that’s why it’s time to take the next step.

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and the day you find our why.”

I’m writing to tell you that I’ve found my “Why” and I want to help you do the same.

I have cofounded YouPrint, a faith development organization, with Zondervan author, Kevin Adams. At YouPrint, our mission is to help you discover your “Why”, thrive in your gifts, and live the life of impact you were created for. With live events, radio broadcasts, high quality courses, corporate workshops, and one-to-one mentoring, we take aim at spiritual poverty by teaching faith as the common denominator for all aspects of life.

We like to think of it as the “church” between Sundays.

Since our founding, we have been invited into corporate environments to teach faith alongside philanthropy, we have been offered an FM radio show, and we are holding our first live event later this month.

And we believe this is just the beginning.

Three Ways You Can Help

There are three specific things I wanted to share with you and ask you to consider:

  1. On August 30th from 6pm-8pm, we are having our first live event at The Bridge Church in Wilmington, North Carolina:

    Crazy for the City: A Gathering for Spiritual Awakening in Southeastern North Carolina and Beyond

    The event will be open to the public. If you are in the Wilmington area, we would love for you to come. Additionally, if you would like to help us spread the word, we would greatly appreciate it. To learn more about the event, please email me directly.

    If you’re not in Wilmington, but would still like to help, please subscribe to our mailing list at www.youprint.life

  2. We have released a new course called The Spiritual Cleanse.

    The Spiritual Cleanse is a 21-Day guided devotional that is a cornerstone of YouPrint and our passion to help people live the life of impact they were created for. The Cleanse is an organic process that helps people slow down, step beyond their circumstances, and prepare to engage their “Why”.

    You should really consider taking this course. Learn more here –> www.youprint.life/spiritualcleanse

  3. Our weekly radio show, “Wake Up Our Faith”, is live every Sunday at 1pm on Wilmington’s Big Talker 106.7FM.

    The radio show is a great opportunity to invite folks into the conversation. We have each show recorded and added to our podcast. You can download and subscribe via iTunes at www.youprint.life/itunes

    Non-iTunes listeners can visit at www.youprint.life/podcast

 

God Doesn’t Operate in Submission to the Fears of the World

These past four years have been an incredible journey and I’m grateful for every moment along the way. But it’s time for a new chapter, a chapter that’s being written by the Hand that created it.

If I can tell you anything, it’s this: Boldly pursue the desires on your heart by having the faith to follow where God leads. Life is short. In the blink of an eye, you’ll look back with regret or you’ll look back with absolute satisfaction knowing that, despite the world and its feeble fears, you took a risk.

I’m not sure that I’ve answered all the questions I asked in my journal four years ago, but I’m a long way down the road and the adventure has been incredible. Starting my website and writing Redefine Rich were the catalyst for me to step into the abundance that God had waiting. It hasn’t been easy and there have been nay-sayers, but I know what God has laid on my heart.

I’ll close with this. I was reading Billy Graham’s autobiography and this particular line shocked me:

“I had never felt so inadequate in my entire life. If God didn’t do it, it couldn’t be done. At 35, I was young, but I knew God had placed this on my heart.”

I’m 35-years old. And I feel completely incapable of launching YouPrint in the tricky space between faith and business, but I believe that it what God has called me to do, so along with Kevin, I will step courageously.

Thanks again for your time and support. As always, I’m here for you.

MH

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  • Elizabeth Barnard

    Exciting for the next chapter for you the business and the family. Prayers your way. Happy to help how I can and look forward to the new journey. Hey to Liz and the family.

    • Us too, Elizabeth. I’ll forward to Liz.

  • Proud of you.

    • Thanks, Rick. You said something to me three years ago that has stuck with me to this day. It’s those subtle yet sincere encouragements that have kept my hope tank full and my heart energized. I appreciate you, brother.

  • So excited for the many lives that will be impacted!

    • I think we all have a greater impact than we realize because that’s how good God is. But yet, we get lost focusing on the impact instead of focusing on Him. That’s probably one of the biggest (and hardest) lessons I’ve learned.