|| thə || ˈkär-ˌlōs || i-ˈni-shə-tiv ||
In March 2009 a group of about 40 college students gave up part of their spring break to go on a missions trip to San Luis Sonora, Mexico. We were putting a new roof on the house of an elderly blind widow who has taken in a younger lady battling cancer. That young lady has a 6 year-old son named Carlos.
Carlos loved the camera and always wanted his picture taken. At one point, graduating senior Samantha Davis taught him to pose flexing his muscles. After that, every picture (and there were many) showed this young boy flexing his muscles. The pictures of Carlos flexing reminded me of Philippians 4:13, “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” (The Message) Carlos has a tough life but you wouldn’t know it by the way he tackles it with reckless abandon.
Fast forward to April at Wolf Creek waterfall in Prescott, AZ. After repelling off thewaterfall, graduating senior Chris Polley flexed for the camera and “The Carlos” was born. From then on “The Carlos” has become synonymous with significant moments - moments that matter.
Last May, right before summer break, we challenged our students to seek out “Carlos moments” and to “flex their known universe” with the power the Spirit of God has given us.
Now we extend that challenge to ALL Chi Alpha Alumni. Whether you’re climbing a mountain with someone who is searching for answers, marrying your best friend, or stepping out of your comfort zone in obedience to God, stop and take a picture doing “The Carlos”. Then send us the picture along with a short description of why this moment matters to you and we’ll post it!