I’ve been a bit frantic lately. I offer that as a confession in need of repentance, not a badge of honor. I’ve known for a while that October would be an insane month, though I’m not sure I realized just how much it would bleed into September. For the past couple days I’ve been wanting to write a blog post but my creative juices are all either dried up or otherwise spoken for. So, since someone just asked me where I’ve been lately, I thought I’d share.
What I’m working on:
- Writing the final chapters (rough draft) of my doctoral project – I have about 80 pages to turn in by October 17.
- Finishing the final touches on the website/online learning portal for The Academy.
- Getting ready to go to Alaska October 10-17.
- Preparing for the Orientation to Online Learning course I’ll be teaching as part of The Academy’s Spiritual Life Retreats October 10-11 (Alaska) and October 27-29 (Texas).
- Making sure everything is ready for The Missional Imagination course I’ll be teaching starting October 31.
- Trying not to neglect my family or The Gathering.
What I’m reading:
- Lots…including Randy Harris’ Soul Work: Confessions of a Part-Time Monk. Written by the only man in the world who can wear only one color and still not match.
What I’m trying not to spend too much time thinking about:
- Lots…including anxiety producing stuff like finances and sustainability as well as excitement producing stuff like a book idea which has finally taken root.
What I’d like to write about here when I get a minute:
- Some thoughts about why the missional orientation is so hard…and why we shouldn’t necessarily beat ourselves up about that.
- The timing of moving conversations from grace into holiness – (hint: we tend to either move the other direction or just get stuck in one or the other)
What I really have to complain about:
- Absolutely nothing.
- The most patient and supportive wife I could never have imagined.
- Three boys who remind me daily of the value of playing together.
- Family members that go out of their way to encourage me and pull me back from the brink of foolish busyness.
- Friends who continue to check in on me even though I’m horrible about remembering to do the same.
- A professor who honors me with friendship and collegiality, though I’m increasingly certain I deserve neither.
- The profound blessing of being able to read, write and study…even if I do finally have a case of senioritis.
- A growing appreciation for the God who is constantly at work in, around and utterly beyond me.
- Regular opportunities to trust in God’s provision…and witness the faithfulness of the One in Whom I Trust.
- Continual opportunities to learn humility…usually through humiliation (which means I still have a long way to go.)
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