Random Bits And Pieces

One-minute update:

  • Cramming a week’s worth of work into two days, as we are helping host a Willow Creek Leadership Summit satellite location here in Richmond later this week. Interested in going? You can. Let me know. Extra pumped because my sister-in-law is the manager of the satellite production for this event. I’ve always been proud of her, but now she’s bossing me around. It’s kind of cool.
  • Sarah will be home in EIGHT DAYS. Where the heck did the summer go? I can’t wait to see her again.
  • Had some funky health things going on, but apparently I’m fine. I just have a very special heart that walks to the beat of its own drummer.
  • Still processing a Sunday worship experience that was weird – even awkward – for some of us on the platform, yet apparently mind-blowing for folks in the room. It’s crazy how that happens – I’m thankful. And reminded of how it is SO not about me…
  • Super excited about our next series at PCC – digging hard into the book of Colossians and getting ready to end the summer on a fun note!
  • Walked through the new PCC building last week and got pumped about the future there!
  • Thinking about some crazy options for reaching people who are outside of the church and AMAZED at how God is lining things up. Can’t wait to see what He’s going to do next.
  • Got to talk, IRL, on the phone to my blogging buddy Kim Bontrager. She’s the coolest.
  • Getting some serious beach time soon. Can’t come soon enough.
  • I love my job. It’s not a job, it’s an adventure. And I love it.

Is This Weird?

Some random bits and pieces:

~~Our staff went through a one-day retreat and discusses our strengths according to this book. I found it fascinating on a personal level – I learned a lot about myself and have been a bit more self-aware as I interact with others (I’m an ACTIVATOR and a MOTIVATOR, among other things…) It was extremely valuable for our staff, and I think it’s given us some great tools to understand and respect one another’s working styles and natural gifts. This was a win for us, and I recommend it to anyone working with teams. Good stuff.
~~Syd’s birthday party: WIN. Great friends, easy to entertain, NO trouble whatsoever, and lots of love in the room. Had some great conversations with some very special people.
~~I finished this book earlier this week. It tore me to shreds; not because it was sad or depressing – it wasn’t, although it was intense and full of sorrow – but because it was so well-written, so incredibly deep, so real… That’s John Irving for you. I could hardly bear to close the cover. Seems like the older I get, the more dangerous it becomes for me to read a well-written book or watch a well-done movie. I get so sucked into the story that it alters my reality somewhat. Is that weird? Art like that – with a deep story – goes so deeply into my soul that it impacts my ‘real life’. Again, I ask: Is that weird? I don’t know. Weird or not, it was a brilliant story.
~~Looking forward to the next three weeks. They will contain some intense activity, a two-day test of my capacity for extroversion and lots of people, all day long – and after that, some time to breathe.
Glad to be hear, in this moment, right now. It’s a brilliant story.
Here’s a great photo for you, of an amazing young man who continues to grow and mature in a way that brings a smile to my face and peace to my heart. I love my kids. Oh, and props to Maida Vale Music for the awesome and artistic clothing…