August 26, 2008

I’m tired.  These last days have been fantastic but I’m emotionally and physically drained.  Sunday was a HUGE day!  Pete shared some big plans for the coming weeks, months, and years (we’ll hear the BIG news in Dickson this coming Sunday).  It’s apparent that God has exciting things in store for each of us.  The Volunteer Appreciation Gala was encouraging beyond words.  It was so cool to watch 500+ volunteers gathered together.  It’s a privilege to serve alongside such a solid bunch of men, women, and students.  The days leading into Sunday were full as well.  I’m weary but there’s good news – Rhonda and I are taking a quick vacation.  We’ll see many of you on Sunday – but in the meantime I’m going to relax.  And pray.  And relax some more.       

Sanity Restored

August 20, 2008

I have a bit of an obsession.  Let me explain.  Rhonda and I recently moved into a new (it’s actually ninety years old) home.  It’s filled with tile and hardwood flooring.  Aesthetically speaking – the floors are fantastic.  The trouble is – dust, dirt, grass, hair, debris, and crumbs seem to dominate the landscape.  It drives me crazy.  We’re not messy people.  Of course everyone believes that they are “above average” at driving – so maybe we are messy but I really don’t think so.  Last week we made a little investment.  We bought a light-weight, handheld Dyson.  It’s sort of like a Dust Buster – except is actually seems to hold a charge and capture the particles I dislike.  I’m obsessed with clean floors and this new gadget that supports my quest.  I’m much happier these days.  What drives you crazy?            

Busy (Yet Enjoyable) Days

August 14, 2008

It’s been a full yet encouraging week (particularly the evenings).  On Monday night we gathered for Discovering Cross Point.  It was so incredible to hear how God is at work in the lives of individuals and families.  I’m so grateful to be a part of this community of faith.  On Tuesday night, I met with the Elders here at Cross Point.  I have such respect and appreciation for these guys.  Their wisdom and desire for healthy ministry is so evident.  On Wednesday night, we gathered our children’s ministry volunteers to spend a little time with one another and with our new Children’s Ministry Director, Leslie Hanson.  I can’t begin to express my excitement for where I believe we are headed with our efforts to care for children.  I don’t have any evening commitments for today – which means I’ll have a bit of discretionary time for viewing the Olympics.  I’ve caught a few events along the way but it’s created an absence of sleep for me.  I’m digging the gymnastics.  I have zero interest in wearing tights but those guy and gals have incredible skills.  Here’s my attempt to qualify for the 2012 games.


While it won’t qualify as a “New Year’s Resolution” – I have made a new commitment to fitness.  As of late, I’ve been way too lazy.  I use to run, and swim, and cycle, and lift weights, and on a nearly monthly basis eat a vegetable.  These days I do very little that classifies as “exercise.”  There was a time when I could soundly defeat most Elvis impersonators in a friendly arm-wrestling showdown.  Now I would be doing well to arm-wrestle Miley Cyrus with a successful outcome.  So there you have it – a new commitment to stay active.  How have you established a steady, consistent routine for fitness?