I wanted to share one of my favorite blog posts with you. Maybe it’s what you’ve been waiting to hear…
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you feel like there’s nothing happening in your life…and perhaps nothing ever will. The dreams that you’ve been holding onto are slipping through your fingers. The hopes of some kind of breakthrough professionally or relationally are gradually drifting out to sea, leaving a tangleweed of cynicism behind for you to trudge through.
Then I had this crazy thought this morning, reading a killer book called “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. He dares to suppose that this time we’re spending in what he calls The Waste Land, where we feel like nothing’s happening and probably never will, is actually a very purpose-filled time. That it’s a time where we are being turned into the people that will actually be capable of carrying out the dreams and hopes we’re holding onto.
It’s funny how everyone who enters into the military knows they have to go through the horrid, near-torture of boot-camp. But they do it because they know that it is going to prepare them for what’s to come. The pain, struggle and conflict during this brief time holds great purpose for them and their greater mission.
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I’m filled with gratitude for how my year has held so many beautiful experiences: all of them have to do with people — I can’t live fully in isolation. A trip to Whistler, BC or a tour of four baseball stadiums in four days is nice, but it’s awesome with a great friend. My Pilgrim Man CD released a series of beautiful exchanges with like-minded travelers. Filming “1 Message” with AKA and the crew was an honor. I survived the flood, a couple snowstorms, and a half marathon, but my dog’s cancer at year’s end broke my heart. Still, hope reigns.
Christmas is a crazy, beautiful time of year. I love listening to carols, especially the old classics. I also love looking at lights and elaborate decorations. I also love time together with family and friends. But looking back over the multitudes of Christmases, the best part has always been the hope of what presents I might get.
I loved making wish lists as a kid. Going through the big Sears toy catalog and picking out what looked the most awesome. I didn’t always get what I wanted, even though I admit I was completely spoiled. I certainly got more than I really needed.
I would spend most of December trying to find hidden boxes throughout the house…hidden in closets, or under beds. And then when gifts would be set out under the tree, I would shake and rattle the wrapped boxes, trying to determine the contents.
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Four weeks since the Chicago 1/2 Marathon. I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I was in Chicago to run the big race…not to mention the release of my CD. It’s been an exciting month! I’m blown away by the tremendous response people are giving the project – saying all kinds of nice things about the songs. I hope it’s encouraging, inspiring, and ultimately life-giving. Here’s a bit of a recap of the last month…
Sept. 12 – Chicago 1/2 Marathon – had a blast. I indeed did prove that “Impossible is Nothing” by accomplishing something I had considered impossible only 12 weeks earlier.
Sept. 14 – PILGRIM MAN CD released – I celebrated by watching the Twins beat the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago with my friend Dennis Rizo.
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