Author: Risa Kopp

About Risa Kopp

I am: Risa Kopp.

Just a Lil’ Chat about Simplicity

We once went to a church where they gave the members a quiz about what their ministries should be.  To the pastor’s surprise, the second on my list and the third on Eric’s list was “voluntary poverty”.  He had never had anyone get that on the quiz, let alone a couple.  At the time, we didn’t have much, and still we didn’t really care about “things”.  We tried to live simply, but comfortably.

My husband has a pretty good job, at the moment.  As humans, we don’t know how long this will last.  We have some creature comforts, but about 6 months back, I was getting annoyed with all of the clutter and “extras” that we had.  So, I went through and got rid of some stuff.  Once I did, I was able to think clearer and it was easier to clean house.

At one point in our marriage, my husband and I went through a process of spiritual elimination, as it were.  All of the “extra” theologies that people often argue about weren’t something that we wanted to delve into.  We’d ask ourselves, “Do we really care about such-and-such happening in a church service?” or “Do we want to take time to discuss about….?”  Most of the time, we didn’t.  We had a bad church experience where we were indoctrinated with some foul theology.  We needed to reset.

We decluttered our spiritual temples of all of the opinions of the leaders that we had previously had.  It wasn’t that all of their theologies were bad, but that we had to learn to think for ourselves.  Another thing we did was study the Bible while listening the voice of the Lord, as opposed to how we thought whatever popular preacher would study it or how our former pastors would preach about it.  We discovered that we needed to strip down to the essentials.  We got it down to the following:

  1. God is Creator of all things, plus a bunch of other awesome attributes that the human languages don’t have words for.
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for us, because He loves us, to cleanse us from sin. 
  3. The Holy Spirit was sent to help us and comfort us, as well as convict us.
  4. Love all of the above, plus everyone else.  

(If we were ever to add another one that we feel is important, it’s this:  We are not gods.  I won’t get into that discussion right now.)

Since that time of getting down to the basics, we’ve added back some things, a little at a time.

What are those things?, you might ask.

Does it really matter on the whole? I’d reply.

 

Trust.

God has had me on a very specific journey for the past year and a half.  He asked me to trust Him.  I have been a lot better about it than I used to be, but I still have moments of putting my fingerprints on what God wants to handle.

Right now, there are a lot of things up in the air for us as a family.  It seems the adult members of our clan are being required of God to trust Him in an even deeper way.  We are all thinkers, and it is easy for us to rationalize our way through life.  He is calling me personally to watch what He can do.  It is easy, sometimes. 😀

“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:13

PRETTY DARN DELIGHTED 

YOU ARE HIS SON OR HIS DAUGHTER AND HE IS PRETTY DARN DELIGHTED IN YOU. 

This picture is how I see myself, except maybe a little more scarred up and covered in ashes. I’m not about the whole perfect, pretty princess in the tower aspect that is popular in the body of Christ at the moment. But I’ll take warrior princess.   Anyway, SOOOO many times, and for SOOOO many years, I allowed people’s judgments of me to keep me down in the mire of my mistakes and lies spoken over me, instead of fighting tenaciously on the battlefield. 

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A lot of people will be like, “Oh, that picture looks MAD! You are an angry person” Honestly, I am a bit angry. Not at people, but at that judgmental attitude that takes ahold of so many in the body of Christ, and beyond. I am angry that I allowed lies to distract me from what I said, “Yes!” to so many years ago. I allowed those lies to tell me that I wasn’t “good enough” or too “bitter” to follow that call on my life. I frustrated that people allow their own insecurities to destroy other people’s GODLY WORK on the planet, because they are jealous, or judgmental, or both. I am frustrated with the many things that I see holding the church back from being more fruitful.

This is just who I am. I am weird, (and okay with that.) Not a lot of people will “get me”, (and I’m also okay with that.) I can be forceful, but I also can be kind and compassionate, giving people more chances than the “calm” people often do. I’m not made of water. I’m made of fire, grit and ashes. That’s how GOD made me. Hello! I’m telling you, GOD made me that way, and He also has led me through some hard trials in order to learn more compassion, and when to speak, and how to speak. I’m not always perfect at this yet. He has made me to search out the “dangers” that the enemy has set. It’s in my spiritual DNA. I’m baffled that so many times, this eagle-eye perception has been thrown the bitter card or judgmental. If I say something that I see, it isn’t to say shame on you and now live in your shame. It is to say, I see this. Take it or leave it, but if you take it, I believe that God can do so much more through you or through the body of Christ.

There are so many different types of people, and God has made us all unique. I’m beyond being ashamed of the fiery, “solemn”, thinking, and intuitive person that I am. I love who I am. I don’t think that everyone should be like me. I love the sunshiney-happy, servant-hearted people that God has made, like my mother-in-law, and Aggie are. I love the calm, cool, and collected people like my husband and Lilly are. I love the straight-backed administrator types. I love the ones that are constantly lost in the presence of God. I especially have a heart for those who have been broken and rejected, because I’ve been there.

Someone wise told me that I don’t have to accept people’s judgments of who I am, because I’m not any of my family members. I’m not the church I grew up in. I’m not even the person that I used to be. I’m Risa Kopp. I’m not anyone else’s bitterness. I’m not anyone else’s excuse to be an awful person. I’m His daughter, and He’s pretty darn delighted in me.

The same goes for you. You are beautiful, just as you are. You may be flawed, as am I, but we all have a lifetime to become better. You may stumble, but God forgives your repentant soul. You can get up and walk again. Don’t let ANYONE push you back down into your mistakes. I’ll repeat that. Don’t let ANYONE, anyone AT ALL, no matter who they are, or what position they hold, hold your face down in the mud in the mire of your past. You are forgiven. You are His son or His daughter, and He’s pretty darn delighted in you.