Monthly Archives: November 2017

What’s your next move? Here’s mine.

In life, we always need to have a “next move.” It will either be all part of a plan or something spontaneous. Many times, however, whatever plan we have, it is put to the wayside because, well… sometimes our plan for us is not God’s plan for us.

My next move is something I have prayed about, shared my heart with others, and put forth a great effort. The reality is however, it is not even my move… So what’s Gods next move?

It’s the fulfillment of a long time dream. I signed a publishing contract. A book I wrote is now being printed. A real, in-your-hands book you can highlight, mark-up, circle, underline, and fold the corner of the pages to mark your spot. You can give it to a friend or loved one. You can read it with coffee or take it on a plane. It will be ready for sale in January 2018. There will be more on this to come. But for now, here is the title and typeface as it will appear on the cover:

12Jars logotype

Over the past two years, I’ve worked to put together a written work that tells a story that will motivate, inspire, drive to action, and make you think (or at least evaluate where you are spiritually and where you want to be). All of this was done in an effort to fulfill and extend my mission and purpose for life – to be an ambassador of God. He has placed me in an amazing work environment with some equally amazing people for nearly two decades, an amazing church, and with an amazing family and friends. He has also provided me with opportunity within these groups and the people I meet. How would I be able to look Jesus in the eyes on the Day of Judgement and admit I squandered opportunity? The answer is clear: I can’t. And I won’t.

My hope is this book will be relatable to everyone in some form or fashion. It will build your faith helping you realize your legacy is not necessarily what you leave, but what you build while you are still here that will live on. 

In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more about the book: the content, what some of the endorsers have said about it, lessons I’ve learned in writing it, and I’ll even share the cover artwork – which I am excited about! But for now, I am honestly just privately in awe and celebrating what God has done to this point. I’m hopeful it will speak to at least one person, and will be grateful for any more. And that will make this whole process worth it. A faithful messenger is a humble, yet important position in the Kingdom – not something I take lightly.

Thank you to all who have read my posts over the years and supported me in my writing and efforts to live a Christ-centered life. I have my flaws, but here’s to all of us growing through life to be the best versions of ourselves!

Love you all!
Trey Campbell,
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Not because I have to… but because I get to

“Not because I have to… but because I get to.”

I get reminded of this or something similar often. Working in communications in a sales-based environment, positive phrases can get thrown around like penalty flags. What I mean by this is they are sometimes used for teaching moments (read between the lines: friendly correction).

This sometimes get old, but it stands as a reminder we should be using positive phrases in our everyday speech and personal self-talk. I’m grateful to work in an environment where positivity is the norm and people care enough to invest in others through gentle reminders.

Most recently, I was reminded of this while at the gym. Working out across from me was a beefy man just short of having roid rage that had a message on his shirt:  NOT BECAUSE I HAVE TO. It was appropriate because he was at the gym not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

Washer victoria-palacios-355597There’s a difference between having to do something and getting to do something. The drudgery of having to be forced to act versus the pleasure of getting to is like night and day. Once this line of thinking and small altering of language becomes habit, the most random chores become a routine of joy.

Try it. The next time you think, “Aw man, I have to do laundry.” Say instead, “I get to do laundry today.” Some people “have to” wash their clothes in a river. You get to use a washer and dryer… which does most of the work for you. It’s all a matter of perspective and practice.

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Schooled by fourth graders

Unless we are still, as in a state of stagnation, we are either in a state of growth and change or a state of withering digression.

Sometimes it takes a fourth grader (or two) to keep at the top of mind what it is you are living for. This was the case for me recently.

The Sundays I’m not traveling for work, I serve at my church with the fourth and fifth graders. We had two first-time visitors who had come with their grandmother who was church-shopping. The boys were cousins only three months apart. Despite their small stature and youth, they were able to reaffirm what I already know, but sometimes need to be reminded of.

To advance the Kingdom, you have to advance the message
1000 Tips 160 advance Kingdon advance msgDo we not owe it to the next generation to build a strong foundation of faith? Are we not told in Proverbs 22:6, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says “Let the children come to me! Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

Until the second coming, we need to build others through Christ. Making disciples of nations starts in our own homes, churches, communities, and spreads from there! The message must be advanced to the next generation. We cannot idly stand by and let our children find their faith in the world. 

“Live life like an unending mission trip” (Francis Chan, Crazy Love)
I love, love, love this! Live each day to serve the Lord and your fellow man. Go ahead and get overwhelmed with emotions because of the state of those you have the opportunity to impact. And then impact them. And don’t let up. Seek out a new mission each day, complete one you started, or continue one that is ongoing. Make where you are your mission field.*

The exuberance of the little visitors was a breath of fresh air. Not just because they were well behaved, but because they were genuinely interested in learning. They were hungry. And… you could tell someone (maybe their grandmother) has invested spiritually in them. They asked better questions than any youth I’ve worked with in church and had perspectives that rivaled any adults. Afterwards, they ran to their grandmother and told her how great of a time they had and how they wanted to come back. This was after they said this was the best church they had ever been to and how we were the best leaders they had ever had (I could make this stuff up, but I didn’t). It’s funny how kids will give praise while adults will remain silent. The innocence of youth is precious and it’s too bad it dissipates with age.

These little boys served as a reminder why living your faith and sharing God’s love is so important. What I am there to teach is not just a privilege, but a duty. I do it not to boast, but for three simple reasons: obedience, love, and service.

Seek your purpose. Live your mission.

Trey Campbell,
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*”Make wherever you are your mission field” is a chapter in my new book coming out in January 2018, 12 Jars, Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life


Missions and meaningful accomplishments

Just like many of you, I have a bucket list. A few things are material acquisitions, but most are less tangible, less touchable goals. I would say rather than acquisitions, they are accomplishments.1000 Tips 159 acquisitions and accomplishments

I personally think the things we should work toward should not be for fluency, but for form. With form comes foundation and frame. It’s like building a house. If we practice having good form, we will build a strong foundation which leads to a strong frame, and so on.

One of my bucket list items will be fulfilled in six weeks. It will be a special time because it will be the first international mission trip I will lead with students from Southwestern Advantage. And not just that, but my oldest daughter, Madison, will also join me. This is truly going to be an epic week for me! Twelve of us, scattered all over the country, will come together to unite for a common purpose for a week in Masatepe, Nicaragua.

“Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

This is strong language from Charles Spurgeon… but does it not hold true? Jesus told us in the Great Commission to go forth and make disciples of nations. As a Christian, if we are genuinely Christ followers, are we not to spread the Word for sake of growing the Kingdom? Should we not have faith with actions?

My personal mission for this mission trip plays into being not only the person I want to be, but the person God wants me to be. With that said, personal and spiritual growth will not be the only agenda item for the trip. With everything I want the Holy Spirit to show me and the things the Holy Spirit will show me, I fully realize I will not be prepared. I never am. No one really ever is. I must opens my eyes, ears, heart, and mind. But more importantly, I need to close my mouth. This trip parallels life and nothing I do in preparation for any mission trip or in life ever truly prepares me. God likes to keep me on my feet!

Here are some things I keep in mind as the journey approaches:

  • I need to be fully vested in being present with Madison, each of the students, those we serve, and the iTeams team members.
  • I must be intentional in my prayers for each conversation and each interaction I have with all who God puts before me.
  • I must keep in mind I need to invest in people’s potential, not their past.
  • I need to remain open to the things I need to learn about myself.
  • I have lots to learn from others – more than I can teach.
  • Humility remains my greatest asset. It’s the door to greater wisdom, greater understanding, greater faith.

1000 Tips 158 potential not pastI share these things because it occurs to me they need to be every day mini bucket list accomplishments – maybe more like check list accomplishments.

Here are a couple of things God tells us through the Bible as it relates to serving through missions. I’m all in. Where people need help, people need God.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
– 1 Chronicles 16:24

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” ”
– Isaiah 6:8-9

Trey Campbell,
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