November 2009

Okay blog peeps, I need some help.  As many of you know, I run another little bloggity blog in another corner of cyberspace.  Over on that blog I’m working on a somethin’-somethin’ that will debut in the next couple of weeks.  But to make it fly, you’ve got to step up to the plate.

So here’s the question:

If you could ask a Summit staff member anything, what would it be?

Questions can fall along the lines of the theological (“Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons?”) to vocational (“What would you do if you weren’t on a church staff?”) to impractical (“Paper or plastic?”).  You can ask them of a particular staff member (here’s your list of choices) or throw it out there to be randomly assigned.

Start commenting below, and watch for your questions to pop up in the next few weeks.  But on that other blog.  Not this one.  Because I don’t answer questions here.

And no, you can’t ask me why.

Not totally sure what this says about what goes on in a Campus Pastor’s house, but I’m pretty sure some sort of counseling is going to be necessary. The following is a picture / story that my seven year old drew at school:

In The Army Now (I'm Dead)

In case you can’t make out the story, I’ll translate:

When I saw the army!  They were holding guns and soldiers.  They were wearing helmets.  Some were dead.  I was very sad.  I like seeing them.

For the record, my seven year old has never seen dead soldiers.  My older two did get their hands on a bootleg copy of Saving Private Ryan when they were seven-ish, but that’s another story and their therapy is going just fine, thank you.

Pray. A lot.

Drink coffee. Lots of it.

Watch this. Maybe multiple times. At high volume.

My personal goal for today: work the phrase “Whenever you ready, frog, we do this” into at least one conversation.

A couple of weeks back I had a great conversation with Rick Langston, one of our Executive Pastors.  Rick is my “Yoda,” not because he’s so wise, but because he’s kinda old and wrinkly and sometimes has a greenish tint.

Editor’s Note: Fire you, he will.

Rick and I were talking about an upcoming decision that needed to be made.  It was regarding a one-time event on the Christmas calendar and in the grand scheme of eternity, was not a big deal.  But to a few hundred people, whatever I decided would have a certain impact.  Here’s the gist of what Rick said:

“I don’t care if you decide to do this or not, but you need to own your decision.  Because once you decide, people are going to want to know why, and you need to have a better reason than, ‘Just because.'”

Are you owning your decisions?  Do you thoroughly think through, pray through, and reason through the day-to-day issues you face?  Or are you living life in “just because” land?  “Just because” doesn’t lend authenticity or authority to you as a leader.  “Just because” will make people wonder about your ability to make future decisions.  “Just because” is another way of saying, “I’m too lazy to do the intellectual and spiritual lifting on this.”

Don’t live a “Just because” life.  Own it.

Limas + MyLady = Winning CombinationLarge navy t-shirt: $5.00

Bag of lima beans: $1.87

My wife being able to “come as you are”: $0

Finally getting some mileage out of that old “Beans & Franks” joke: priceless.

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