I wish there was a better way to preserve the way we feel on certain days. There are some feelings, certain experiences, special moments in life that I wish we could just bottle up and keep stored away – able to feel them afresh anytime we like. I vaguely remember what was going on in my heart and in my head 10 years ago as I awoke on the day of my wedding. I remember being eager, nervous, exhausted, impatient, grateful, hopeful, and full of disbelief that this remarkable woman wanted to be married to me. I remember feeling so many different emotions that day. In my memory it feels like a blur now, like the hazy remembrance of a dream from the night before that is fading away. Only, every morning since, I’ve awoken to that dream come true. Continue reading First and Ten
Four weeks ago my employer gave me the opportunity to take a one-month sabbatical. Today, I am returning back to work. Since I’ve practically disappeared for the past month, I thought I’d share a few reflections.
The common question these days is, “So how was your sabbatical?” If I’m honest, I haven’t the foggiest idea how to respond. So, “good” is typically the first answer and then I’ll go into how nice it’s been to spend time with my family and finish up by telling them something about my latest trip to Israel. Honestly, though, I don’t know how to categorize or rate what I’ve experienced in the past month. I mean, can you remember the last time you didn’t work for a month? For me, it was 15 years ago.
This sabbatical was better than I expected, harder than I expected, more satisfying than I expected, more challenging than I expected, and more transformative than I had hoped. Continue reading Confessions from a Sabbatical
My garage has gotten some serious love the past few weeks. Now that the garage floor has a new look, I decided to finally build myself an actual workbench. Over the years we’ve had tables and other odds and ends that we used for projects, but never an actual workbench. We don’t have a ton of garage space, so we weren’t sure what would be the best configuration around to use. Lucky for me, there are lots of other people out there who really love workbench making & offer up their ideas for free! Continue reading DIY Workbench (phase 1)
Being on sabbatical doesn’t mean I can’t do projects around the house. Now that I’m back from my adventure in Israel & Jordan, I’ve had a chance to work on several of the things around the house that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but because I haven’t “stopped” regularly – I’ve never given myself the time to do. So, one of the goals of my sabbatical was also to work on some projects around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.
Big project number one? The garage floor. Continue reading DIY Garage Floor Coating
Disciple-making is not something to be undertaken only in a classroom. It is also not something to be done only while sitting and drinking a cup of coffee or having a meal. Disciples aren’t just made in one-hour weekly meetings to discuss doctrines, Bible passages, or life issues. It may certainly can contain each of those things, but if that is all our disciple-making is, then we are leaving out one of the most important components of Jesus’ methodology: the with-me principle. Continue reading The Missing Piece in Making Disciples