I’ve never been a morning person. I would much rather stay up late, sleep in and get my day going shortly before lunch but the world just doesn’t function that way…and neither does my 4-year-old! So, every morning, I wake up get my kids going, take them to school, pick up the house and head into the office. By the time I arrive, I’ve already been up somewhere close to three hours but I’m still not alive. I say my “Hello’s” and head straight for my office to get my coffee going. Once that first cup is down, my eyes perk up a bit and I’m ready to go.
I’ve gotten to where I love this process. I still don’t care too much for mornings but I love what comes with them. Little moments with my family that quickly lead me to interactions with some of the best people in the world. Friends that I get to partner with for the advancement of the Kingdom. People like this guy!
Tuesday mornings are my favorite. It’s when our staff descends on my office. We share life, make plans, encounter our God and laugh – a lot. These are my people and I thank God for them!
Take a look at what I get to walk into every week and you’ll understand. Click on this link and go to the video entitled “Staff Meeting.”
Today is a good day! I went home to grab a late lunch and pick up the house a bit before the family hits the house later this afternoon and this is what I came home to. Pie! Three pies generously given to me by a friend who heard me issue a plea for pie to be a part of our 8th anniversary next week at Journey Christian Community. What a friend…right!?
Kinda makes me wonder though. Is this friend of mine really thoughtful? Being funny by going over the top with my request? Or secretly trying to add to my suddenly increasing waistline? Pie could never be used maliciously…right!?
Truly, these pies came from a great friend and I can honestly say that there’s probably a bit of all of this in the gift – which just makes me laugh! I love friends who are as close as family! People who know me as well as I know myself and who are bold enough to laugh with and at me. People who are at times more aware of my quirks than I am and actually love me because of them. It’s an amazing way to live.
Over the past three and a half years, I have been surrounded by these kinds of relationships. Journey is so much more than a place that I serve as a pastor, it’s my home. It’s my family, who I live with – celebrate with – cry with (which I wish I could get a handle on) – and serve with. It is amazing to be a part of this family of God and to play a role in welcoming others to join us in the amazing life we get to live together!
Journey, I love you and I thank my God for you! I can’t wait to celebrate our 8th Anniversary and Chili Cook-Off with you this Sunday. And I can’t wait to taste all those pies that show up. You want some? Then come on and join us!
Oh, and happy National Pie Day!!!
Do you have friends like this? People who know you inside and out and love you anyway? That’s the best description I could ever use to talk about the amazing staff I get to work with every day at Journey.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. There is not complete acceptance with them. In fact, quite the opposite! There is constant harassment. They tease me about my archaic paper calendar, about my bullet point personality and about my desire to plan things months in advance.
But don’t start feeling sorry for me. I get my jabs in as well. Believe me, there is plenty of harassment to go around!
The truth is, when I get up in the morning, I can’t wait to get to the office. To share life with them. To laugh. And to simply see what might happen next.
I could tell you about what really goes on in our 2-3 hour Wednesday staff meetings…but that might be going too far! Instead, just click on this link:
and take a look at what happened a few months ago behind the scenes as we made a video about Journey Lorena (our new church plant). It is truly a joy to walk beside the people of God every day.