I’m not sure I’ll be doing anything terribly exciting tonight as Heather and I are due for an evening at home together. We’ll probably have dinner in and catch a movie or two. I do find myself though, thinking about the fun of dressing up for Halloween. Some of my favorites from the last couple of years:
- A “static-clinger” (I safety pinned socks, dryer, sheets, etc. to my sweatshirt and jeans)
- An e-male (I taped a big letter “e” to my shirt”)
- Witch-craft (our friends Kelly and Trish dressed up together, Trish as a Witch & Kelly with an incredible variety of crafty things attached to her clothing).
- The Black-eyed P’s (the Giffords put large P’s on their shirts, and black eye make-up around one eye)
What will you be dressing up as for Halloween?
I received a great message on Facebook this last Monday evening. It was one of those times where someone took a minute to reach out and share an impact that I had had on their life and their gesture meant a great deal to me.
I reflected on the experience for Resurrection’s GPS Insight blog today and would invite you to take a look at it. Reading Luke13:18-21 might help with some context.
I’ll be on retreat next Monday and Tuesday (unless the baby comes early) with the senior staff at Resurrection. While I might have made it back in time to vote on Tuesday, I didn’t want to take any chances. So, Heather and I went this morning to participate in this important civic process.
I had never participated in an advanced process like this before and am not even sure if it was a possibility in Indiana. It was quite impressive though. When we first pulled up there were cars lined up out onto the street. I took a deep breath and prepared myself for the worst, but it was quite quick and painless. The place was packed though, and if it is any indication I’d say that voter turn-out will end up being quite high this year.
In 2000 and 2004 I remember staying up late watching returns come in with a sense of excitement and anxiousness. I’m teaching next Tuesday night to the Singles group at Resurrection and look forward to getting home in time to see how things come together once again.
If you haven’t already, make sure you get out to vote, either next Tuesday or beforehand!
Yesterday morning I saw an interesting story on the news. It turns out that one candidate for Johnson County Commissioner was caught stealing his opponent’s signs. The story, as I understand it, is this.
Candidate A’s wife saw Candidate B stealing Candidate A’s signs. She called the police to report it and was told that there wasn’t anything they could do without proof. She then staked out a spot with her video camera and caught him doing it a second time. She called the police and they came and intervened.
When I first saw this, I said to Heather, “This smacks of the kind of thing that happens in a junior high student council election.” Upon further reflection, I think that might not be fair to junior high student council representatives, many of whom have more class than this.
I’m excited to see how elections play out next week, to begin to get a feel for the direction our country might take in the next 4 years, but more than anything else, I’m ready for this to be over!
This weekend was Heather’s High School Reunion in Lawrence. I haven’t been able to attend any of my reunions so this was the first of anything like this that I had been involved with. Friday night there was a tailgate party before the football game and yesterday there was an event during lunch at a theater in town.
On Friday night the conersations I heard over and over again were, “wow, you look really good. You haven’t changed at all” and “It’s amazing how much people still look the same.”
Saturday they showed video that had been shot at graduation asking people what they would be doing in ten years. As we watched people get interviewed with their bad bangs, bad glasses, and bad 90’s clothes, I heard over and over again, “wow, look how much they’ve changed” and “I can’t believe how much they’ve grown.”
I had to laugh out loud as I thought about what a difference a little perspective makes. I wonder what all of that will look like and feel like in another ten years?
One of my goals for 2008 at Resurrection is to further develop a skill set for conflict management/resolution. I had lunch yesterday with Molly Simpson, campus pastor of Resurrection West and was blessed by our time together.
One of the suggestions that Molly made was that I take the time to read discover your conflict management style by Speed Leas. I borrowed a copy from another pastor and look forward to reading it and taking the assesment that is included within.
Next week I’m having lunch with Dan Entwistle and look forward to hearing what he has to say about managing and resolving conflict. I’ll share reflections about what I’ve learned through both of these conversations after next week.
Again, I’m open to hearing from any of you regarding tools or concepts that you’ve found to be helpful when managing conflict.
We produced a video for Leadership Institute this year that talked a bit about our Congregational Care Minister program here at Resurrection. Myron, is one of the Congregational Care Ministers with whom I’m quite blessed to work and I think he does a great job with this piece. Follow the link below and check out the video on the right hand side of the page.