Thursday, July 13, 2006

Summer Stuff

So how is the summer going for the rest of you in second chair land? What is resting you, what is stretching you, and what is stressing you during this season?

For me, I’ve had a couple of nice vacation breaks, including a relaxing getaway with my wife. Neither of us had realized how much we needed the break from the kids and the routine until we were actually alone, and then it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from our shoulders.

As for stretching, I’ve really enjoyed reading Reggie McNeal’s new book, Practicing Greatness. Reggie challenges leaders to take a deep look at their own lives and to adopt 7 practices that will ensure long-term effectiveness in their ministries. I was also stretched by our church mission trip to Port Arthur, TX. This area was hit hard by Hurricane Rita, but has received much less attention and aid than New Orleans and other areas along the Gulf Coast. It was humbling to install sheetrock and do other basic repairs in homes that had been damaged 9 months ago.

And then there’s the stressing part. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find the summer to be a difficult season in many ways. The vacations are needed, but I find it hard to maintain any kind of rhythm in the summer. And by the time I look up, the busy fall season is staring us in the face and we’re not quite ready. It’s a struggle right now to know what the “main thing” is and to stay focused on it, because so many things are competing for my/our priorities at the church and in the second chair community.

So that’s my lame excuse for the lack of postings! What is resting, stretching or stressing you right now? I look forward to re-engaging in the online dialogue.


Clayton Bell said...

Man, I feel like I'm living on an airplane right now!

I've been all over the place, going to conferences, job interview, etc. I've got more traveling in the last month and a half of the summer than the first two and a half months!

I miss all the second chair leader postings and commeting. Hopefully, if Mike and Rodger pick it up, we'll pick up our commeting as well.

Clayton Bell said...

C'mon everybody, let's get a rollcall going over here. Who's still out there?

Marie said...

Hey Clayton and everyone!

I've been busy also but I have missed the conversation here. I checked in here a time or two but summer was taking its toll!

I have spent a little time camping with the family...and have certainly been enjoying the warm weather. I am having a great time with Rockbridge Seminary where I am getting an online Masters degree in Ministry Leadership. I have learned so much! And I am looking forward to so much more. I'm not sure what God plans for me to do with this but its lots of fun in the meantime.

Ministry life is good these days. A lot of the interpersonal strife I was dealing with seems to have settled down. We continue to be blessed with more people and growth..which means new challenges all the time.

Hope all is well with everyone out there!