Nice to have a couple of days beneath life’s radar screen and about a week of them left. We are ‘off’ this Sunday, so no message prep — just some options as to where to worship, which is awesome. I so need to be a worshiper first, and a preacher second. Lose that priority and you’ve pretty much lost it, period.
Some randomly assembled holiday/rest-induced thoughts:
- Christmas was profound this year. As we set up the outdoor stage for our Christmas Eve service in the cold and snow, I thought about how Jesus would come to us in such base circumstances. Thanks God, that you enter our fray way before you ask us to enter your glory. For more on Christmas Eve at Connexus, check out the Connexus blog.
- Time with family has been great, relaxed and so much fun. Someone generously gave us a hot-tub this summer. FInally got it up and running after several months of "fine tuning" repairs. It’s so great to step out into 104 F water when it’s snowing outside, although my brother-in-law lacerated his legs running in the ice crusted snow. Nice. I stayed in the tub.
- Went tobogganing at the same hill I used to go to as a kid. I’m in better shape than when I was 10. Also nice.
- On Monday, my 15 year old turns 16 and we’ll run down first thing Monday morning get him his driver’s license, just like my dad did for me on my 16th. Except then my dad made me drive all the way from Midland to Front and University in Toronto. Talk about nerve wracking, but I never looked back from there. Want to go to BC or something Jordan? You drive!
- Read a brief biography of Andrew Murray and the first five pages of his classic book Humility. Took me several hours to digest five pages, not because they were hard to understand, but because it’s what I deeply need to hear. Trying to get my head out of human effort and into real, divine power. I think it comes when we truly lose ourselves, and then find God. I need so much more of this. I will continue my slow read, praying God lets it really penetrate my life.
- As a preacher you’re never really "off" unless you can turn your mind and heart off. Preparing an hour or two a day for H-Bomb, a Connexus series on hypocrisy for January and writing for the Orange Tour coming up in January with early 08 dates in Orlando, Dallas and Charlotte. It will be great to see you Orange leaders on the road!
- Oh yeah, for Christmas, Toni and the kids got me a mountain bike to replace the one that was stolen from my garage last July. Sweet. A Norco Wolverine. Can’t wait to get back on it in the spring. Never did find the thief. The cops said they’re sure it was a neighbourhood teen. So if the thief is a blogger and this is you, let’s chat. Love to hear your life story : >).
Hope you are having or just had a restful time. I’ll resurface again sometime in the next seven days. In the meantime, more of God for each of us, I pray, and for the world.