I have lived a life that has been anything but boring. But what I am discovering is that since I have lived such a varied life my own kids don't know my story (or stories). I have gone from being a farmers daughter to a DJ to college to working for a cutting edge computer company to working for TV stations to writing and producing for a cable TV station back to local TV to seminary to country pastor with lots of encounters with the interesting and the absurd in between.
I have another friend, a former colleague from the Turner days, who is now traveling around the world with Johnny Colt - filming stories for CNN's Ireport. Harold is seeing the world and experiencing things I can't even imagine. He also has a unique opportunity to share with us, those back at home, a worldview that is so different from our own. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/tag/ireporter-johnny-colt/
I wonder if these adventures are just mine, and are part of my sum total, or if there is a way that God wants me to use/share these experiences with others. Not to tell tall tales or anything, but to point to God in the midst of things. Of course, this means that I need to take some time to really think about and reflect on them myself, rather than sweep from one thing to the next...which calls for me to chill out a bit...hmmmm....
Maybe thats what getting older is all about - slowing down and mulling things over? NAH - not ready for the rocker yet!
|Tom Hanks - |
as Forrest Gump
I will continue to keep my eyes peeled for opportunities to experience this wonderful world - with all that is interesting and absurd - it is a good world. It is our Father's world...and I am grateful to be a part of it.
But I also want to be someone who makes a difference in the world - I believe that hope and peace and love are where its at, and I am not sure that we are good at any of these three. I also want to be bold enough to speak truth into dark places...this is my prayer as I begin a new decade and new chapters in my life's story.
Because, we all know what momma said - "life is a box of chocolates, you never know what you are gonna get". And I am ok with that.
peace, hope and joy,