Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Forwarded to me from our Senior Pastor.  It resonated with me today and it was too good not to share.

The Authentic Leaders Creed

I believe leadership begins on the inside of my life and moves out.

I determine to take no shortcuts in my service to God & others.

I commit to lead a disciplined life of quiet dependence upon God.

I will courageously face the truth about myself and, by the grace of God, intercept any potential fatal flaws that might destroy my integrity & ministry.

I pledge to be led by God before I attempt to lead others.

I commit to avoid the shallowness of conformity, choosing rather to minister from the unique & sacred trust given to me by God.

I will face the transitions of my life with the grace & wisdom that God grants.

I will accept the pain that life brings my way and allow it to make me a more understanding and able servant.

I will pursue honest relationships with the people I lead.

I will be safe and gentle in my dealings with those I lead.

I will infuse life into people through the power of affirmation.

I will wisely choose to invest in a few.

I will endure and finish well, relying upon the staying power of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, March 2, 2012

3rd Annual Ode to Dr. Suess (from Dr. K)

Another Ode to Dr. Suess

On the 2nd of March near the Jungle of School
We reflect on a man who rhymed as a rule.
His grammar was sketchy, and his villains most unpleasant
But his themes were a joy to unwrap like a present.

"A person's a person" the great Doctor once said
And with that he put Horton's kangaroo to bed.
Freedom! Creativity! Reading! and more!
Congratulations! Christmastime! and Laughter galore!

As a child I would read with great enthusiasm
Of red fish and Lorax and Mac's burp causing spasms.
But now as a grown-up I'm likely to find
That the books of my past are not far behind.

I'm still learning how to accept others that are different
And keeping the meaning of Christmastime reverent.
I know that those pants are scared of me too
And not because I'd wear them if I owned the Zoo.

There are times when the hang-ups of life can get to me
And I fret that in The Waiting Place forever I'll be
But then on I will hike with great care and great tact
Because I've learned that Life's a Great Balancing Act.

So to you, Dr. Suess I declare inspiration
For helping to fuel my creative reputation
And for giving me something beautiful to see
And giving us something to share with Thing 1, 2, and three.

Until Everyone Hears,

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lessons Learned

Looking forward to next year.  Someone buy me this t-shirt!!

Well my birthday month is over.  It kind of "jumped the shark" (google it) after #12 (road trip aka retreat with the youth group).  There were many highlights of the month and several lessons learned.  Here are just a few

  • Daily activities are a bit ambitious - I had great hopes for a month of major accomplishments but I have a hard enough time balancing my check book in a week.  Achieving 29 things in a month is more than anyone should handle unless "don't kill your kids" and "make sure you shower" are on the list.  I could have used more 'cake' (punny huh?) activities and I did put a few in but the big ones wore me out so much I just didn't feel like going to a move by myself or fasting (and really couldn't handle both in one day.
  • The Birthday Fairy will not organize your birthday month for you. - As much as I like to be in control and plan things, I really was overwhelmed at the idea of my list once it was created.  I sent it to all my friends and hoped that they would each take a day and make it happen.  It didn't.  Everyone is just as busy as I am and to my credit - everyone wanted to do lots of things on my list and didn't want to choose just one.
  • 40 really is the new 20 - It used to be that 40 was a big black cloud of a birthday.  It used to be that people would whisper your age during this year like they do when they say "he has cancer" or "she's a homosexual" or "she's 40."  It doesn't really seem to be the case anymore.  Perhaps I'm just an optimist but a lot of the stigma of 40 is gone and although its still a big one its not much different than 20.  20 is one of those big birthdays that people forget because they know you'll turn 21 next year.  40 is often forgotten because they know that they'll be getting your kids graduation presents in a few years so they just save up.
  • The company for the events was just as important as the events. - I really did enjoy my activities but what I'll remember most from the month is the friends that joined me on the journey.  Jessica who practically came to everything.  My family who put up with my odd behavior.  Lynda who made two things from my list happen.  And my church family(ies) that were there at a few things and supported my crazy efforts.  It is the laughter we shared and the side jokes along the way that will stick.  The view from the Peachtree Plaza won't.  Its just a great view.  But my friends are more breathtaking (in the figurative sense) than anything I could have put on any list.
So what will happen to the things on my list left to be done?  I'll keep them around and make sure they happen.  After all, I didn't get to 40 without realizing that life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and take a look at it, you could miss it.  Oh wait.. actually I didn't get to 40 without going through the 1980's and I'm bound and determined to have some fun along the way.

Job 9:26
My life passes like the swiftest boat, as fast as an eagle swooping down on a rabbit.

Until Everyone Hears,

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