One of my very, very unofficial roles here in this relatively unknown city in Asia is to simply pray for, serve, and come alongside a few of the American families which are trusting God to raise a family here. My investment and role in this process is minuscule and insignificant. Their investment is everything. . . the health and well-being of their families.
This morning was pretty good. It was the first day of college football and my school won. Though it’s hard to get too excited about a victory over mighty Elon College, you take what you can when you are from Georgia Tech.
I was feeling pretty good and then it came. It was in the form of an email from my sister, Becky. It was for the purpose of pulling me into a celebration. My beautiful, smart, sweet, and overall wonderful niece, Anna, tried out for a community play house production of “Annie”. She would have been thrilled to get any part in the play, but was waylaid by exuberance upon hearing she has been selected to play the lead role of the red-headed orphan herself.
My joy in imagining Anna’s happiness was tangible, as I literally laughed aloud in the corner of this coffee house upon reading the email. However, my euphoria for Anna quickly shifted to the pain of missing being there for her celebratory pizza or sushi or however they choose to celebrate this big accomplishment. [Read more…]
This post is the second of a three part series on “Encounters (and lessons) of friendship from this summer”. You might want to read this first (CLICK HERE) if you have not already.
Sam Shin and I met during summer weight lifting prior to our first season of high school football. We were among the only football players at my high school which were also in advanced classes. We spent massive [Read more…]
As you have seen in my previous two posts, I spent the month of July on the road. Some of this time was working in America. Though I am worn out from my time (been sick the past few days from exhaustion), I was blessed by several life-giving “encounters” with dear friends during each of my stops.
One of the themes I come back to time and again in writing on this blog is that of friendship. Friendship, strong, life-giving, mutually committed friendship, is one of true beauties in life and one we rarely think about. A need for friendship is admittedly heightened in my life since I am single. However, I am confident that friendship should play a vital role in every emotionally healthy and growing person; single or married.
Continuing on. . .
4 – Relational aspect of our faith
It’s been said many times, but I STILL need to remember and embrace this reality often. Christianity is a relationship with a personal God. It is not a religion to be adhered to. The Bible really is God’s written communication to us His children. We fellowship with Him through this written “love letter” to us, His beloved children.
When I neglect a regular, consistent, rich lifestyle of digging into the Bible, I really do [Read more…]