Yep, that’s the only way I was able to be home for Christmas this year. It was a bummer to be 17 hours away from my family during this holiday season. 22 years of doing the same thing for Christmas came to an end. I did have a great time with the Ringerings, a great family who welcomed me into their home. But don’t fret…I will hopefully be able to take some time out to hang with my family during my trip down to Anaheim for the Imagine Conference this weekend. I am really excited for this conference. Donald Miller and Shane Claiborne, two of my favorite authors are going to be speaking there. I am also looking forward to running into my college friends and teachers. One thing I am not looking forward to is going to Disneyland on New Year’s Day. Don’t get me wrong…I like Disneyland…and I owe my life to it (my parents met there)…but it is probably going to be one of the busiest days of the years. I will let everyone know how this trip went and if I survived Disneyland or not……TO BE CONTINUED……
Archive for December, 2007
Great singer. Great song. Great message.
“Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead.”
Now I know why I am still single. I haven’t used any of these:
- “now i know why Solomon had 700 wives… Because he never met you.”
- “how many times do I have to walk around you to make you fall for me?”
- “not a big fan of your last name, but thats cool, i can change that.”
- “i didnt believe in predestination until tonight.”
- “how would you like to join my Purpose Driven Life?”
The story of Dr. Paul Farmer has fascinated me. He is a world renowned doctor, but spent much of his life in a small community in Haiti. When he found out that one of his patients in Haiti didn’t take his medication, he took a day long trip into the mountains to seek him out. The biographer of the book that tells his story asks “isn’t this a waste of money and time to have you, a world renown doctor making a day long trip to visit this one patient…it just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
Dr Farmer answered:
“I have fought the long defeat and brought other people on to fight the long defeat, and I’m not going to stop because we keep losing. Now I actually think sometimes we may win… [People] from our background — like you,… like me — we’re used to being on a victory team, and actually what we’re really trying to do… is to make common cause with the losers. Those are two very different things. We want to be on the winning team, but at the risk of turning our backs on the losers, no, it’s not worth it. So you fight the long defeat.”
—Paul Farmer in “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder
When some thought Christ would come to Earth as a conquering king, he came to walk out a long defeat on our behalf. Sometimes we think that we shouldn’t try to change anything in the world, because we think it is a battle that we can’t win. We may enter into some stories and some fights that we might not win, but we should enter in anyway.
God is using Francis Chan to change the world. He is literally loving others as much as he loves himself. He is leading his church to give away 50% of what they take in. It’s pretty amazing.