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9:11 a.m. - 2004-10-08

Excitement abounds

As I laid on the floor (hubby had the couch and I wanted to be close the fire in the fireplace) watching CSI last night I did a quick count off . . . . 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 more sleeps until we catch the first ferry to begin our grand adventure to California. I’m feeling a little histrionic these days, as my excitement level grows and grows. And yet, reality bites my butt in my attempts to stay grounded – I still have a lot of little things to clean up before we go.

I came in to work early (not out of the norm for me) to make sure I had left the proper paper trails behind. Since our Children’s programs launched in early September I’ve been realizing just how much I know. I’m pretty much the only one who has ‘been there, done that’, and it becomes very apparent each Sunday when I try to wean myself away from specific areas in order to gain a better overview of Family and Children’s Ministry. I never realized I managed so much before. I never realized, how dependent people had become on my knowledge of ‘who, what, and where’. This is not to say that I’m happy that this has occurred and that I’m filled with a sense of pride in my knowledge. In fact the opposite is true – I don’t want to be the only who knows the ‘who, what and where’ of this place. I don’t want the control factor – I want other’s to rise up and become the leaders they are capable of being.

I boldly announced at our staff meeting this last Tuesday – “I really LOVE my job!!!”. Which raised a number of chuckles around the room. I was so hesitant to come on full-time last spring, and the Pastor that asked me is still amazed that I asked for time to think about it. Here I am, 4 months under my belt, and I’m happier than a pig in poop since I choose to make the leap into full time work here.

The chuckles bubbled up because other people could see my new excitement, and were surprised that it hadn’t dawned on me earlier.

New enthusiasm aside, T and I are very ready for this break. This last year has been very busy, very trying, and we’re well overdue. One little piece of the planning puzzle came together yesterday. There is a ‘little’ church in Lake Forest, California that we have wanted to visit and we’ve rearranged things to allow us the pleasure. Saddleback Church is a church of several thousand people and Pastored by a gentleman by the name of Rick Warren. His name recently became well known because of a book he authored called “The Purpose Driven Life”. In this day and age of spiritual renewal this book has sold millions of copies, that and all the commercial paraphernalia that comes out of that. I am not a fan of the book, but am very excited to see how this church of thousands runs. And of course I’d just love a 15 minute chat with their Family and Children’s Pastor. (Gee – I wonder why??)

Well, on that note I will bid you adieu. I will attempt to squeeze one more entry in tomorrow, but in case I don’t . . . I hope each and every one of you have an excellent couple of weeks. Thanks to those of you who responded to my call for postcard sending – I just hope they make it to you before I’m back.

Cheers – LJ :-)

2 more sleeps!!!!!!

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