Our world is very different then most people. As a family we have lived our lives in the public eye for 16 years. Living this way effects every portion of our lives. It is a way of life for us and it impacts the way we live .
I work very hard at not allowing this to dampen or discourage my wife and children. But we have come to realize it is the price you pay as a member of the Brown family. We see it as an opportunity to live out our faith in a way that can point others to Jesus. There aren't many places we can go that people are not watching us so we turn it into a positive thing. So when we can get away from this environment it is very refreshing for us and another opportunity to live out our faith as just another family. By the way we love both environments. But it is fun to move incognito as just Jim Brown from New Paris Indiana.
One of the many values we have is to do life together as a family where fun, faith, and friendship flourish. So we often incorporate other families with common interests when we do this. So as we finished out 2011 we hung out with some good friends the Kropf family and raced down the toboggan trail, played some board games, laughed our heads off while taking cam wow pictures, and spent 45 minutes witnessing to 17 year old Jewish boy in the beautiful getaway of the Potawatami Inn. We feel blessed that God has called us to this incredible privilege of leading Grace Community and we feel blessed that he lets us live out our faith in a very visible way.
Glass house living invites others to inspect us but isn't that what we are called to do with our own lives anyhow. Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith, test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you- unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Cor. 13:5 NIV
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