Thursday, February 07, 2008

Today's little nugget of fun...

First of all, I abhor the word "nugget." It gives me the heebiest of jeebies. So I am only using it facetiously.

Second, here's the nugget (Ewww.): Find yourself some wise people and hang out with them. It will seriously alter the course of your life in the best way you can imagine. People who speak hard truths to you, people who love Jesus more than you, people who make good decisions, people who make you think, "I want what they have."

Life is too short to become stagnant and lethargic. Sure, it's comfortable to be around the people who let you keep being the same old version of yourself, because frankly, you're probably awesome. But your life will never be a race toward beauty and truth and sanctification if you don't cut the dead weight and get moving!

And when I said "dead weight" you automatically thought of a specific person in your life, didn't you? You know that person who is toxic to your health and your growth... it's time to draw some boundaries. It doesn't mean they're a bad person, it may just mean that the two of you don't have the best chemistry for friendship.

Whoever wrote Hebrews talked about getting rid of our crap so that we can pursue the best things. Except he said it more eloquently. So read this... don't just pass over it because it's a Bible verse and you've probably already read it a million times before. Read it. It is awesome.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.... (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Here's to deeper, stronger friendships with people who make us want to be better and who help us do that.

End nugget.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tornado

Tonight I wrapped the third of four release parties for the new book... it has been so much fun! Thanks to all of you who showed up to hang out, buy the book, or eat free cheese. I love you all!

I had some special guests at the show tonight that made it such a fun time (not that you all aren't wonderful!).

- My friend Matt, whom I hadn't seen in over 12 years and whom I thought still resided in LA.
- Matt's mother, a personal writing hero of mine. Let me put it this way: she wrote many of Bob Hope's jokes. Yes!!
- Three lovely ladies (Annie, Amy, H!) who drove 7 hours roundtrip during a TORNADO to be there.

Which brings me to now... I am sitting in my friend Meredith's guest bedroom, listening to the tornado alarm sound. It's been going off for hours, the sounds mixing together with the thunder, sheets of rain thrown around in the wind, and the hail bouncing off the roof. Sometimes I really miss living in an area that gets hit with beautiful, moody rainstorms every spring. I have fond memories of gathering in my basement with my roommates and a stack of candles whenever I lived here in Nashville. Tonight the weather feels more threatening, as we have no basement... we are safe for now (much thanks to all of you who have written or texted to ask!).

But please pray for the people of Union University in Jackson, who have been hit pretty hard. From what I understand, the dorms were directly hit, but there are no reported casualties.