"My first breakfast with Clint Harrington took a month to lock down due to scheduling challenges. Roughly twenty-four hours after that breakfast I met the group of men that would become the J-Walkers for our introduction and kickoff. I became a last-minute addition to the group, and I view that as both a gift and an example of God at work in my life. I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I found exactly what I needed.
I am a believer, and I have been for as long as I can remember. I go to church with my family, I pray with my kids, and I do my best to be a good man. But when a good friend told me about his FinD group, I had a few sobering thoughts: 1) I haven’t read the Bible outside of church in over a decade; 2) I don’t have a consistent, personal prayer life; and 3) I don’t regularly engage with my family on spiritual topics. I had one more thought as well – I don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and I’m not doing anything to build one.
Joining a small group isn’t a magic bullet or a quick fix for any of those failings. But for me, FinD was an important first step. It’s a place to talk about these shortcomings and find accountability and guidance. It’s also a place to find inspiration. Through the men in my group I have seen leadership, strength, discipline, passion, pain, wisdom, humility, vulnerability, and love. I have seen it in our study of the word, the open and raw sharing of each other’s lives, and the personal interactions between us.
I am working to be a better man and a better disciple of Christ. Every member of the J-Walkers is working towards those same goals. I am thankful to have them alongside me on the journey, and I pray for many more years of learning and growing together.”
Blake is an active member at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (MDUMC), husband to Larissa, dad to three amazing kiddos, a energy industry professional, and a graduate of the University of Texas with a post graduate degree from Stanford University.
FinD serves to transform men through Jesus Christ in authentic, weekly fellowship in discipleship. This testimonial and many others from FinD men can be found at https://finddiscipleship.org/testimonials/