This morning Anita and I went and closed on our house here in Georgia. We are no longer Georgia residents, home owners, worried about the front yard grass or trying to remember if we put "that box" in the attic. I am a little sad. This was our first house purchase. This was the house that Savannah Grace celebrated every Christmas in, Rylee was brought home to, we celebrated birthdays, holidays and the neighborhood where Savannah Grace learned to swim.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. We did have a couple of surprise costs at the closing so we didn’t make as much money as we had hoped. But considering the market, the fact that we moved out less than four months ago, never put a penny down outside of regular payments and we’re walking away with money in hand I’d say that God has most definitely taken care of us.
There is also some solice knowing that the young couple (yes, younger than us) that purchased our house are a sweet Christian, newlywed couple and this is their first home as well. We had to swing by the house after the closing to pick up one last thing and found the new owners sitting in the living room floor eating Chick-fil-a. If it weren’t for the hideous U of Florida tag on their car I’d think we were looking at another version of us.
So in the last two days I have attempted to buy an iPhone. Between two different Apple stores I have been turned away for lack of inventory. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! I don’t have a huge amount of experience in retail or sales but I think there is one simple principle that anyone selling anything to anyone should live by.
DON’T LIE TO YOUR CUSTOMER!!!!
If you don’t have inventory in stock, don’t advertise that you have it to sell. The hottest item going for Apple is the iPhone. You would think that they would keep the inventory up so they didn’t have to turn customers away. Especially customers who have been anxiously waiting to purchase said product. Customers who have converted entire families to become "Apple" people. Customers that leave frustrated and irritated.
The problem for me is that I’m not mad enough to restrict myself from purchasing the iPhone tomorrow. I’m not important or powerful enough for Apple to give a rip. So I will suck it up, wait another day, and satisfy my purchasing desire later.
1. Safe travel from Myrtle Beach, SC to Buckhead/Atlanta, GA. And even made it on time for the first session of our marriage conference.
2. Grateful for a weekend at a hotel with my wife. Thanks Elevation Church, Mom Bishop and Christine!
3. The Westin Hotel charges extra for internet. That’s ridiculous and very cheap of them. I’m still a little bitter about it.
4. Probably getting an iPhone today!!!!!
5. Date night with Anita tonight. Very excited about just hanging out and laughing.
6. Closing on the house on Monday. God is incredible.
Today has been a good day. Here’s why…
1. Got to preach this morning. Proverbs 13:20 always gets me excited.
2. As a family we got out and did a little exploration. Ripley’s Aquarium is not so "believe it or not." But a fun day together walking around and eating at Johnnie Rockets.
3. Bocce ball on the beach with students and leaders. I love relational ministry.
4. Preaching again tonight. Bottom line: Salvation!
5. One day away from hanging out in Buckhead here with my wife and no kids!!
Gotta do some work now. It’s Thursday, but Sunday’s coming.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a "Phillip’s Not Creative Post." But thanks to my boy Ryan Shove I was once again reminded how much I have to learn and grow in terms of thinking and communicating creatively. I really love the direction this commercial takes.
Anita and the girls decided to shoot over to Mullins, South Carolina late this afternoon to visit with some old friends. So after speaking tonight I find myself sitting in the lobby of this hotel basking in the few minutes of blogdom. Today has been a little odd though.
It’s Tuesday. I’ve been out of the office for two days but it feels like I’ve been gone for over a week. As intense as it is to work at Elevation (that’s a good thing by the way) it feels weird to be relaxing and not in the office. My schedule at Elevation is incredibly different than my schedule was at North Point. I’m sure a lot of that is due at least in part to the facts that we are only a little over two years old and that we are a portable church.
I’ve had around eight days off in the last two months. That’s a lot more than some people but very different than what I’ve been used to over the last four years. However, I’ve grown accustomed to my new schedule. Living so close to the office is a great advantage to needing to work so much. Even though I work a lot more than I used to I’m spending a ton of time at home that I used to spend in traffic.
So I’m trying to enjoy my time away and serve these churches as best I can. I’m also grateful for the incredible team back at Elevation that makes it possible for me to be away and know that EKIDZ will not suffer. Yes, I’m guilty of calling, emailing and checking in to the office already but I do that not because I feel I have to but because what I get to do for a living is an enormous privilege.
I’m going to head back to the room and enjoy another treat I"m not used to…cable television. I freakin love RUN’S HOUSE.
Sorry for the lack of depth in blogging this week but the retreat center I’m speaking at only has internet in the lobby building across the street from the building we’re staying in. So here’s another picture from Easter. This one is a slight contrast to yesterday’s Easter service picture. My family is too good looking though. By the way, yes I’m rocking the seersucker pants.