Here are some random thoughts from this week:
I love the honesty and real talk that takes place in our community group each week! As we talked about City Church Tallahassee Vision, Mission and Values this week, one statement stood out more than any other from one of our group members. As we talked about reaching our community, he said (paraphrase) “Look at the text messages on your phone. How many of them are from/to people who are not Christ Followers? Maybe that tells us something about who we really care about.” His intent was we need to be involved in the lives of others, especially those who don’t know Christ. I appreciate his straight forward approach to life!
Continued to have good conversations about prayer with my wife, Cyndi this week. As she reads The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, it has opened up new dialogue about prayer and specific prayers we both are praying! Although we have always had a very good line of communication with each other, this has been a fresh approach to something dear to each of our hearts. Praying specific prayers together is a good thing! God will honor them I know!
We spent some time doing yard work this week. With our frequent commute to Tallahassee each weekend, our yard is sometimes not the first to be attended when we get home each week. As we were in the front, several cars slowly drove by – looking. Some drove by more than once. As we came inside our realtor called to see if someone could show our house in an hour. Talk about some quick straightening on the inside! I’m convinced this is going to be the answer to a specific prayer of ours!
Watched a leadership lesson play out this week. One about delegation and being prepared. While it turned out not so good, it will still be a good lesson for those involved. Fortunately it was an issue far down on the list of “importance”. Sometimes you have to let people fail in order for them to lead – it’s all part of learning!
Easter At The Civic Center is going to be a big deal! Not for City Church Tallahassee but for God! I’m excited about the thousands of people who will attend and hear the gospel. Some for the very first time. It’s going to take hundreds of volunteers to make this worship event work like it should and I’m thankful for the many people who are stepping up to fill a needed spot. I can’t wait to write some about the neat things that happen that day!
Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday! I can’t wait to celebrate it with her! Part of the celebration will be seeing The Hunger Games. That will be a treat as the family will be watching together! We both love the time we get to spend with our kids! Hoping this year will be one of the best my wife has ever experienced!
A few random thoughts as Friday nears: (edited post – previous title was way too long!)
We have some great friends! I won’t go into detail but we love the support friends provide us – both emotionally and physically!
A local pastor wants to talk about a church he is starting in nearby Ocala – this is the second time he has asked me to talk with him about playing a role in its startup and development – I won’t lie, I’m flattered.
Excited about the growth of our community group – six new attendees in the past four weeks!
My wife is amazing – she has not let up in her massage therapy business – despite the travelling we do each week! It could grow if we were in town more!
FSU men’s basketball has been fun to watch this year – ESPN quote: FSU has made Tobacco Road its own personal driveway!
This sunset on St. Joe Bay in the Florida panhandle is one of our favorites:
Lots of thoughts running through my mind today and this week that deal with life, leadership and faith!
1. We listed our house a few months ago and had an offer to purchase it about a week ago. For a variety of reasons, I think the deal fell apart today – not entirely about price, although we were still several thousand dollars apart. While I know this is a tough housing market for sellers, I don’t want to just give my house away! Life can be difficult to understand at times! Is that bad?
2. I’ve been reading a lot about high performance teams and what makes them that way. Every group of people is not a team and certainly can’t be automatically labled as a high performing one! I’m convinced that Leaders are the deciding factor in allowing teams to understand their mission and purpose and resourcing them to fulfill their roles and meet established goals. Most times leaders get in the way or simply don’t allow their teams to do what they are capable or accomplishing.
3. Cyndi and I had a good discussion this morning about our Faith. Convinced that God has used us over the past 14 months to impact lives, to be a living example for others and to encourage friends. Our circumstances don’t determine our belief in God or whether or not He is a good and gracious God! There are good examples of men of faith in the Bible but often times we don’t want to compare our life situations with them – mainly out of fear that our lives could always be worse! While I still don’t understand this faith journey we are on completely, I do continue to believe that God is in complete control and He knows what is best for us and wants us to be satisfied in Him! Our wait, while significant to us, pales in comparison to that of others!
Each of these could be blog entries on their own – disappointed that I don’t have time today to do just that. And I’ll be away from internet activity for a few days, so checking in will be sporadic!
Random thoughts about life today – some of these could be blog entries, but I don’t have the time right now!
We have received an offer to buy our house! This is good but the downside is I don’t really know where we will live when we sell it! We have options – which is always a great thing! In fact another set of friends told us this week we could move in with them for a while if we need to/want to/need a change of scenery! Now if I could only secure that “job”!
Christ followers are not the same as “Christians”. This explanation will take a long time so I won’t write here but will leave the thought out there that one requires ongoing action while the other somehow has only implied an action.
My wife is amazing! She has continually worked while being less than 100% since January 2, 2012! Her massage therapy business can be hard on her physically but she has been determined to work through this. I am lucky she chose me!
We had two neat desserts this week! Cyndi made individual apple cobblers one night that were amazing! Last night we had fresh strawberries with whipped cream on fresh cake! Again, I am one lucky man!
Looking for work is not as easy as it seems – even with internet job boards. I would love to find a way to make the job search more meaningful for people and make the search more responsive.
Knowing we won’t be at our next community group meeting has me already feeling a little blue. I really enjoy the opportunity to experience life with our small group! Preparing for that group each weed has been a good outlet for me!
What has been on your mind this week?