I’ve been busy lately. Between traveling a lot and catching up from traveling a lot I’ve missed many important details.
On Tuesday afternoon guys from my high school small group started texting me, “What are we doing tomorrow night?” Then I got text from my co-leaders, “What are we doing tomorrow night?”
I kept thinking to myself, “What are they talking about? We’re going to meet at the church, play some volleyball, eat dinner, and have small groups.”
So I looked at my texts from Brian and it turns out that, and I still don’t know why, last night our small groups did outings instead of the normal routine.
Cool. So I need a plan. And I’ve got no plan.
Lots of news from The Summit this morning.
After months of work I’m itching for some feedback. What do you think about any one of those four items above?
I’m Learning a Lot Everyday
As I was watching this video I couldn’t help but think… how did this happen?
By “this” I guess I mean…
Every day I’m learning new things, new techniques, new ways of doing something, new ways to connect vision to reality.
Today I’ll build a website for The Summit, an event that Marko and I created last year to help youth workers dream about advancing their ministry in new ways.
Tomorrow I’ll finalize the interior layout for Every Picture Tells a Story, 2013 edition.
Everything about those two sentences are outside of my formal training.
- I went to school to be a youth pastor, not a web developer.
- I studied biblical theology, not the psychology of typography.
- I was taught how to plan small events and retreats, not conferences.
- I went to a school that taught the fundamentals of youth ministry, not advancing anything in new ways.
- My education taught me a lot about books, reading them and not designing them. Much less taking them to market.
What the point?
Your knowledge, experience, skills, and aptitude are preparing you for something new.
This perspective has taught me that what I know got me here but what I’ll learn today will get me there tomorrow, closer to my ultimate goals.
Ah Creativity. You Ruse.
I totally identified with this talk. Creating + efficiency aren’t always best friends. I’m surprised that in my own process sometimes things come quickly while other times they tend to drag on forever.
Ah, the internet debate.
The NASCAR of the web.
Simultaneously enjoyable and infuriating. Dangerous and alluring. Two sides duke it out in a non-face-to-face battle of “intellects.”
I’ve spent the past couple of days thinking about identity. When I think about the great division our country finds itself in I can’t help but think of the way our society sub-divides itself into millions of identities.
A Few of My Identities
- I identify in the youth ministry people.
- I identify with people with toddlers.
- I identify with married people in their 30s and 40s.
- I identify with people who like Notre Dame football.
- I identify with children of divorce.
- I identify with evangelicals.
- I identify with urbanites.
- I identify with WordPress developers.
- I identify with entrepreneurs and small business owners.
All of those identities talk to one another in a certain way. And, in one way or another, they build language and norms which communicate that you get it while others can’t possibly get it.