"How will we ever grow if James keeps running men off?" A guy now long gone, asked Retrow six years ago, when there were only three of us. And it hasn't changed today. He had it wrong though. I don't run men off, I'm just UNCOMPROMISING in who I allow to run in my circle. And the leaders I've raised up are also uncompromising. And you're here today because you see how deep the men are that we've attracted, molded, and retained.
It wasn't by chance, it was a choice to weild the pickaxe, pound the hammer, dig and beat the junk out of the coal to expose the diamonds. We don't just accept anyone, anyhow they choose to act. Mold, train, teach, push, polish and chop, it's not easy being in the Disciple spotlight. Why? Because we want the real deal.
We will leave the sweeper clubs to come along and vacuum up our waste. If you're not ready to be accountable, transparent, moldable, then you're not ready for real ministry. And yup, each of Jesus disciples had to go through the same thing, go through a process to get where they needed to be.
We weren't born God's gift to the world. But we darn well are called to be. And on the road to pushing men to their destinies, we are destined to be pushed to ours.
So here's to the pushers who pushed me. Here's to the uncompromising God who never let's me get away with anything. Here's to the faithful men who make it through the fire, and allow the Potter to mold them. Here's to the men who realize, it wasn't by mistake we became this amazing organization. It was grit, hard work, digging deep and being willing to let God, and His servants, make a difference in our lives, so we can make a difference in others lives!
James Disciple Johnson
Natl President and Founder
Disciple Christian Motorcycle Club