Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spoken Word Sunday: Propaganda

At beach retreat this guy performed. He's really good. A rapper and spoken word poet, Propaganda came on stage and those kids got totally silent! Keep in mind, we're talking 2,200 kids. Just sayin!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." -- John F. Kennedy

 “When I consider Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which You have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of Him,
human beings that you care for them?” 
-- Psalm 8:3-4
            I’ve spent five days with teenagers. It’s like being a pretend parent without having to save for college, or worry about the long-term impact of the pizza rolls and cheese sticks we’ve been gorging ourselves on in passing.
            They are good kids. Most teenagers are, despite what the local media would like you to believe. Here’s the trick: they actually have to believe you like them, which means you have to like them because nobody, particularly teenagers, likes a phony. (If you don’t believe me, read The Catcher in the Rye.) That accomplished, all of the rest of the relational ickyness will work itself out.
            This week I’ve seen so many awesome things. From teenagers stretched out end to end on the beach, reading their Bibles and completing devotionals, to awesome male leaders guiding impressionable young men, who do not necessarily have a male role model, good, bad, or otherwise, I am in awe of the work God is doing in so many lives.
            Nature brings out the eternal optimist in me. It’s hard to argue a godless world in sight of all the organized chaos coordinated into a universe which actually works. Right now I am sitting on the balcony, typing, as my five girls are eating the remaining contents of the fridge, giggling in the living room. I can hear the surf pounding the shore in this rhythmic pace like a divinely conducted orchestra, interrupted occasionally by the shrill sounding laugh of a teenage girl.
            Honestly, this week the diet has gone down the toilet. Other than the daily devotionals, I haven’t done much reading. Today is my first time to write all week. I kinda forgot to pay bills, which should have been done on Monday. (I’ll do it via phone on the bus ride home.) And, yeah, none of those things were part of the ultimate plan, but if I had it to do over again, I totally would. 

Friday, June 1, 2012


Only I would open with an old school Go-Go’s video!

Yes, dear friends, the teenagers are no longer my responsibility between the hours of seven and three. I’m sending them out to you, or to law enforcement, dependent upon the kid. 
But don’t call me because I’m on hiatus.
For the next ten weeks I plan to live the life of the middle-class unemployed, but without worrying about a paycheck, or looking for a job. I plan to be shoe less until Labor Day. I plan to read lots of books, rot my mind with a little daytime television, and go to yoga in the mornings. It’s like being a housewife who doesn't have kids or responsibilities.
Man, I love my job!
Anyway, I read a bunch of Donald Miller this year and decided I need to live a better story. Since I’m not exactly sure what that story entails just yet, I’m starting with a list of things I want to do, just to do them. We’ll see if this gets me anywhere.
So here’s the list:
1.    Write Everyday
2.    Lose 25 Pounds
3.    Read six books other than the Bible
4.    Do something weekly to help others
5.    Do something weekly that is “interesting”
6.    Live a more organized life.
7.    Finish the Bible in ninety days
8.    Exercise at least five times a week.
9.    Develop three deeper relationships
10.  Learn to handle “clutter” and “noise”.
I tell my students constantly life is one big adventure and lately I feel a bit hypocritical
because I don’t live that way. Most people don’t. Since I really don’t want to be “most
people”, I need to make some changes. And the list basically covers it.

On Writing
My number one entry on the list is to write daily.
I’m working on a book. Right now it is titled Kicking Down the Door and it’s about basically living a better, healthier life. I’ll be sharing a few pieces of this here as we go.
I’d like to blog two or three entries a week. Probably I’ll write about what I’m reading or thinking about at the moment, but right now I’d like to focus more on what I’m doing. Historically, I don’t do much. I’d like to change some of that this summer.

Next Week
I’m on the road to Orange Beach, Alabama come Sunday. If I have internet access, and a free moment, you guys will see writing. Otherwise, you’ll see a lot of stuff on Saturday or Sunday, once I’ve recuperated from my five days of being responsible for the merry band of teenagers of whom I do not know just yet.
Talk about an adventure!