Day 36 – Legacy… How often do we step back from our life and really consider what we are doing? For myself this is an intentional exercise twice a year. I take a week long hermitage retreat and as I enter that space I do so to reflect on life. I know there are seasons where one day follows another and I can get so caught up in the flow of time. There have been moments where I have lived an unexamined life. I do not pause and consider but rather I am driven from one thing to the next. Something that will interrupt that cycle in a good way is when I think about legacy, specifically…Read More>
Day 37 – Servant Leadership… I get to teach seminary students from time to time. Regardless of the topic I always throw in a brief discussion of ministry essentials. The first one I summarize in three statements:
- You cannot give away what you do not have.
2. You cannot lead people to a place you have not been.
3. You teach what you know and reproduce what you are.
I have seen these principles lived out many times…Read More>
Day 38 – Welcome Home… I travel fairly regularly and since 9/11 – if less than 8 hours away I usually will drive. When I can and if it makes sense I will often abandon the interstate and take the backroads. There are a few places that I drive to that feel like home. Newnan, Georgia was my Father’s home town for about seven generations. Driving to Berry College, my beloved alma mater is another place that is home to me. I could name another dozen or so locations where the feelings of home are stirred.
Home for me is a place of security, warmth and comfort…Read More>
Day 39 – Packing your bags… There comes a moment when nearing the end of a trip I begin to pack my bags to head home. This summer Beth and I spent a week out west. (I was actually out there for almost 3 weeks and Beth joined me in the last week) We were with friends in Jackson Hole Wyoming in the shadow of the Tetons, we rambled through Yellowstone and into Montana. It was a refreshing time away.
As the days in the wild west were coming to an end, I started gearing myself up…Read More>
Day 40 – Journey’s end… I start with gratitude for these past 40 days. I am writing this on September 28th and as of today we have raised $11,010.00. From a friend who inspired me to this quest, he said 70% of the money raised came in the last 10 days. If that is true then it is possible that we will reach our goal of raising $40,000.00 for the Canterbury mission. So I invite, encourage and ask you to consider a gift, a pledge to Canterbury…Read More>