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Bob Karcher - Who Are the Joneses Anyway?

April 26, 2017

bob-karcher-cropped-16.jpgWe discovered that helping others began with sharing our life stories. Personal life stories are powerful, and ours brought us to a realization that there had to be more to life. We are just like many of you--ordinary, hardworking people who discovered ourselves trapped in a race we didn't even realize we were in.

The more we shared our stories and what we learned, the more we realized we were not alone as others, in turn, shared their own personal journeys with us. Many life stories later, we have heard how overspending, gambling, materialism, approval addiction, and many other things have been railroading individuals and families away from the lives they were meant to lead. 

We've witnessed how low self-esteem and poor self-identity have trapped people into thinking they are not a good enough mom or dad, husband or wife, son or daughter--unless they could provide those special shoes, live in the right zip code, drive a certain car, or maintain a prestigious enough title. We've listened to story after story of fractured lives, struggling marriages, and hijacked dreams. 

Many people have told us they are stressed and working too much, and their families hardly know them. They are never home, their marriages are difficult, and they are barely hanging on. Their lives are like running a marathon on a treadmill--they put in all the work but don't get anywhere.

Others tell us they have it "all"--everything life has to offer. Yet, deep down, they know they were created for more and want their lives to count for something more meaningful and have greater impact than just a collection of titles and possessions.

Still others don't have a clue who they are. They struggle each day searching for significance and acceptance. They try everything they can think of--social media, shopping, alcohol, drugs, new fashions, and more. No matter what they do, they can't seem to find contentment in any of it.

Some have passionately shared that they "hate" their life. They might have everything we think we're supposed to want: the home, the job, the cars, and all the toys. But they find themselves worn out from spending all of their time maintaining their possessions.

They have yet to learn that God is better than stuff.

This is exactly what God had shown us in our own lives--there was something better out there.

This is the same hope we want to help others discover. Not everybody hates their lives, but how many of us are really happy? How many of us are enjoying our lives and spending more time loving, giving, and experiencing freedom, rather than the opposite? How many of us are really content? Is true contentment even possible?

It's time to live our lives with a new perspective. Join us on what we call a "Joneses Journey" and you will learn how to discover who you are and why you are here so you can live the intentional, authentic life you were created for.

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