All the work seems to be done and with an hour to spare. The house has been cleaned, inside and out. SG is about to bathe and get ready. Anita and I are showered and dressed and as if she were taught somewhere in the last year, Rylee is miserable.
Why is it that children seem to be absolutely terrible or unhappy on the day of their party. It’s an astounding statistic I’m sure. At any rate, pray that we make it through the next few hours without a hysterical blowup. And of course, thank you God for giving us such an eventful, dramatic and blessed family.
Working in the yard is strange situation. At times I avoid it like the plague and then other times I can’t wait to get home and get started. Either way there is this incredible sense accomplishment and pride when I’m finished. I stil hate flowerbeds and I’m quite sure I will never truly understand their purpose but I love the way my yard looks when I’ve spent a few hours working on it.
By the way, if you’re reading this and planning on attending Rylee’s birthday party tomorrow, please don’t cirtique my efforts. Simply say, “Yard looks great Phillip” and enjoy the party. I don’t believe I would react well to “pointers” after two days straight of yardwork.
Anita has been working like a true Irish woman getting the kitchen finished for tomorrow. She painted the doors of all the cabinets and our old neighber and friend Brian came by yesterday and put up our molding. The kitchen is looking quite nice.
I can’t help but think of all this fuss we’re going through for one little birthday. Redoing the kitchen, overhauling the yard. I know it’s a tad Sunday Schoolish but it reminds me of “the place He’s preparing for me.” If Anita and I are doing this for just one birthday, think of all God has done and is doing just for us. It’s humbling to think that He would even care much less work so hard to please and bless us.
So Rylee is turning one next week and in honor of her wonderful little life we’re having a small birthday party on Saturday. This presented a great opportunity to do some much needed home improvement and major yard work. After careful consideration and evaluating our decision to undertake all of this work I can say with full confidence that I am an absolute idiot!! What the crap was I thinking?
Oh, and also, flowerbeds are for suckers. I have a strong suspicion that they are a creation of the devil himself. Is the word weed synonomous for demon-plant?
You’d be surprise what a ruckus a little airbrush could cause. On our way our of the water park yesterday one of my friends bought me an airbrush tattoo. I took a picture and sent an email to my sister and my mom. I also made the picture my default myspace picture.
I love the different reactions. Most people love it and I think were hoping it was real. Others gave the passive disapproving “huh.” And still others know me well enough to be suspicious of the authenticity. Either way I do like how it looks. Yes, it is bigger than I would get but I’m not saying no to the possibility of getting one in the future.
My biggest argument against tattoos is the financial element. Given my current financial situation, I believe it would be bad stewardship. Many people believe that tattoos are unbiblical. More than likely they believe that because some legalistic preacher told them so and they believed it without researching themselves. I hate it when that happens. Don’t even get me started on Jay Strack and Facing the Giants with the whole, ”Do not fear is in the Bible 365 times” farce.
I know plenty of incredible Christian men and women with tattoos and plenty of incredible Christian men and women who are seriously overweight. Which one is doing more damage to their temple?
Today our Middle School team is off to do some research at Lake Lanier. After Boot Camp it’s tough to get right back in the swing of things and start working on another event, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
Okay, I’m not being completely honest. We’ll be spending the day in the water park. We got a bunch of free passes and our team deserves a day off having fun relaxing in the sun. We are planning a fall retreat to Lake Lanier so one could say that we’re doing some quality and safety control of the water park.
At any rate we’re going to have some fun today. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am of everyone’s effort. We’ve gotten some emails from some of our leaders (Thank you leaders! You really know how to make us feel like we’re serving God well.) that give us a look inside their small groups at what God is doing. If any of you leaders have a blog, I’d love to read it. Especially if you’ve posted about Boot Camp or InnerMission.
What can I say about Boot Camp? There really aren’t words to explain what happened up on top of that South Carolina mountain. After ten years of student ministry, this camp is still my favorite! There just isn’t anything like taking 250 almost teenagers and somewhere in the realm of twenty-five small group leaders, watching them connect in a way that could last for the rest of their lives and seeing them encounter and respond to God in a way they never have before.
We only had two students go to the hospital (some stitches and some glue…yeah I know, GLUE?!?) No serious drama, which is quite amazing considering all the brand new volunteers and the sixth graders they were dealing with. You never really think about a student’s first time away from home until you see the fear in a parent’s eyes and walk the student fighting homesickness through the weekend.
All in all, everyone handled the weekend pretty darn well. I am very excited about hearing the stories from our leaders. To see so many students stand and ask Christ to come into their lives was truly a privilege. Thank you leaders for all you did this weekend. Your lack of sleep and pounding headaches will have an eternal effect. I know many of you were the first person those students confessed Christ to. Enjoy what God is doing with you.
Staff and interns of Browns Bridge, Buckhead and North Point Churches, I still can’t understand why I’m allowed to be on the same team as ya’ll. I’m so thankful to work along side of you. What you were able to create, produce, and coordinate is inconceivable. To watch the individual talents and gifts come together in almost perfect formation is amazing. Thanks for giving so much of yourselves to introduce Jesus to these sixth graders. It was an incredible camp. Well done!!
Boot Camp starts tomorrow morning and it really is incredible to see quality individuals pull together as a team and accomplish difficult tasks with ease. For the most part, I am in charge of Boot Camp, our summer camp for 250 of our rising sixth graders. To say I’m in charge is mostly to give someone to ask questions for a final answer or blame when stuff goes wrong. I am more than willing to be that person.
Our staff has been through a lot of transition over the last couple of years including a significant transition in the last nine months. One thing we have learned over this difficult season is focus. This staff is hard working to the point where the job isn’t done unless it’s done to the best possible solution.
Another piece of the puzzle that makes this summer so enjoyable is the exceptional intern staff working with us this summer. They are self-starters with humble hearts. I am truly impressed with these young men and women.
As we arrive at the church sometime before dawn tomorrow I know we are about to experience the most amazing event we have ever had the privilege of being a part of. These students are going to come back with memories they will never forget. They will come home exhausted, encouraged and changed. I love what I do. I love who I work with. But mostly I love who I work for. Thank you God for allowing some young punk to introduce students to you for the very first time. You are amazing!