Start Where You Are, an interview with author Rashawn Copeland
At a time when so much chaos surrounds us, many have very private struggles to face on a daily basis—how do I move forward? If God loves me why are things so hard? So many others seem to have it “all together”—so why is my life such a mess?
CSM had the privilege of interviewing national author Rashawn Copeland about his new book, and those questions of faith and survival in this world. Rashwan is the founder of I’m So Blessed Daily and Without Walls Ministries, writer for three blogs, host of the Scripture and Stories podcast on the Converge Podcast Network, and a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Denisse, and their three children, and is earning his MDiv at Liberty University.
CSpotlight: Lot of young people nationwide struggling with who they are supposed to be—saved and not—and making poor, life-changing decisions because of it. What has God shown you in your own life about choosing Him over culture?
Rashawn: Many of us struggle to follow the Holy Spirit’s conviction instead of the desire to be cool. Billy Graham, one of the greatest preachers of all time, knew something about conviction. But he also felt that pull to be cool in the sight of the world. Here’s what he had to say about it: “Be attractive and winsome, but do not compromise your convictions for the sake of popularity.” We live in a world that would rather follow the flow of being cool rather than live a life that exudes the convictions of Christ. Here’s a little secret I discovered that helps me: conviction makes your influence look credible while cool makes your influence look cheap. Let’s live a life that’s worthy of the gospel.
CSpotlight: All types of life’s circumstances and other people make us feel forgotten or too far gone—what plea do you have to those who feel like you once did?
Rashawn: Jesus didn’t just die for the version of you that is perfect. Jesus explicitly stated that He did not come for the righteous people but for those of us who are sick and in need of a doctor (Mark 2:17). Jesus died for the version of you that cries out from the lonely trenches of your bedroom. The version of you that wakes up from that same bedroom late for school and work. The you that forgets to put on deodorant, wears wrinkly clothes, and barely makes it to church before the start of the sermon. Jesus died for the version of you that chooses worry over worship. Jesus died for the real you, not the ideal you. Never forget that.
CSpotlight: What made you decide to share your story, and how can our readers learn more and grab a copy?
Rashawn: Where I started: in a dark bedroom in LA, thinking of ways to take my own life. I confronted my issues, and God redeemed my darkest moments, then called me to seek His mission for my life. If you’re reading this, and you haven’t answered the call—You can today! Learn more about the book at Startwhereyouarebook.com.