Radical Living
Radical Living

Each one of us has the potential to be radical but what does it actually mean and how do we do it?

By definition, radical means believing or expressing the belief that there should be great or extreme social or political change (Cambridge English Dictionary).

Radical will have a different meaning to each person but to me it is a choice we make. If we want to be radical we must first unlock it within ourselves. Once we embark on this journey we have to decide who and what we want to be. This can bring change and transformation which may require us to go against the norm and status quo.

Being radical becomes a lifestyle rather than a one time event.

This can be one big step or a sequence of small steps but the challenge is, will you take the leap and be the change you wish to see. A big step could be a career change, sacrificing security, letting go of the past, saying goodbye to some relationships that aren’t good for you or a move to unfamiliar territory. Small steps could mean adopting new and healthy habits, changing your mindset, rearranging priorities or being more aware and present. Bottomline, whatever it is you need to do, do it.

For me, radical transformation began when I developed a personal relationship with Jesus.

This in itself is counter cultural as it is not a religion or tradition but a relationship. It is not rules and regulations but a relationship. It is not based on my own efforts but a result of Jesus. My source to embrace radical living is Jesus – I don’t believe you can find a better example than His life.

Whether you identify as following Jesus or not, know that each one of us can be radical in a positive way and influence others for the better.

Radical Living can have many forms but I want to base it from the model Jesus left behind. Society thousands of years ago is not that different from society now. Jesus demonstrated servant leadership which was and is completely counter cultural – see John 4:1-42. When Jesus began his public ministry he didn’t burst onto the scene but instead entered quietly and humbly. Jesus modelled a new way of life and lived it out day by day. He was a trailblazer and pioneer for social and spiritual change.

When others expressed judgement and condemnation, Jesus offered redemption. When others showed offence, bitterness, and revenge, Jesus offered forgiveness. When others showed hate, Jesus demonstrated love. When others showed contempt, Jesus offered respect. When others were inconsiderate, Jesus offered compassion. When others were excluded, Jesus included. Jesus accompanied Himself with people that society deemed outcast or unworthy and he ate with people who society had discarded. Jesus offered friendship to people who society exiled. The question I ask myself is – do I do the same?

Radical Living means discomfort. It will push you, take you outside of your comfort zone, and require you to go places you might not want to go. It will require risk. You won’t always know the outcome before you take the step but you have to take it anyway. Being radical will require sacrifice which is the hardest yet most rewarding one and you won’t regret the sacrifices you make. To truly embody radical living, you have to be selfless.

This lifestyle isn’t about you but it is best when focused on others.

If we choose to live radically it is not going to be easy but everything worthwhile never is. Right now, I want to encourage you to stop stalling and take that step to be radical.

Written by Jess McMaster

Parent Survival Guide
I think we can all agree that parents could be the best parents in the world and there are still going to be days where you totally clash with them. This often happens even with the very best relationships but, that doesn’t mean they always have to be that way. The...
Identity Crisis
Answering the question ‘Who are you?’ can seem incredibly simple and straightforward but one that can be difficult for us to answer. Our identity can bring confusion, inconsistency and can be stressful. It can be something we don’t just struggle to put into words to...
Your Plans vs God’s Plans
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 A...
What’s in your Hand?
Wanting to serve God is often something that is deeply rooted within Christians, as it should be. The desire to not only grow in your own relationship but to share what God means to you and has done for us is not something we do because we have to (although the Bible...
True Worth
Knowing and accepting our true worth can be something that unfortunately we find quite difficult. We often settle for believing and being treated like we are worth far less that we are. We find it so easy to listen to that little voice inside our head that says we are...
The 4 C’s
We have already discussed how God’s Voice tells us we need to be saved, we need to have our sins forgiven, we know his voice is there to correct us when we go astray, what else can we hear from God? This part will fit into finding what God wants for us in our dreams,...
Correcting Us When We Stray
I have a one-year-old daughter, she is the apple of my eye, I love her, and I talk about her all the time. Now being a one-year-old she has started walking and moving all around the house; however, she is sometimes unaware of the dangers there can be. For example, as...
Calling You to be Saved
” My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search...
Radical Love
We can experience different types of love throughout our lifetime. The love we have for our parents, siblings and other family members, the love we have for our friends, our significant other, then the love for your children and grandchildren. Love is often portrayed...
Present in the Chaos
Each of us will experience chaos in our lives, in some way or another and it can be extremely difficult to be fully present in those moments. The two words mean total opposites, so let’s break them down. Chaos - a state of total confusion with no order....




for christ

Contact H0urs

Monday-Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Closed Sundays

Showing Christ through sport