Wednesday, July 11, 2007

kindness is eternal

while trying to brainstorm a servant outreach project for August, I came across this article by Steve Sjogren, entitled "Kindness is Eternal." great quick read - especially recommended if you took part in the parade water giveaway we did last Thursday, or if you're planning to take part on Saturday (1:14 p.m. kickoff at the church office, if you're interested - we'll be going downtown to give away drinks as a practical expression of God's love).

the outreach last week was a blast. there's not much hyperbole involved in saying there are very few experiences in life that can compare with joining others in extending God's grace through simple acts of kindness. we made a quick video about the experience; maybe I can find a way to shrink it down for web viewing and post it on the blog.

celebrated 12 years of marriage to Ronni this weekend. no hyperbole at all in saying that she is the loveliest person I've ever met. we had a great getaway over Sunday night and Monday - the first time we've had a chance to do that for our anniversary since we've had kids.

my parents' anniversary is today, now that I think of it. happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

no strings attached

Colin helped me with the trash bin pickup endeavor for the first time today. it made me laugh how completely enthused he was to tag along and help however he could, and at the same time how clueless he was as to what we were doing or why. eventually though, he did ask. "no one likes to pick these up when they get home," I explained. "so we're picking them up to show people God's love in a simple way." it seemed to satisfy him, and his enthusiasm never waned - although he did lose focus and breath a few times. what a blast to do together with one's son.

made cards to drop in the bottom of the returned bins. likely never to be seen, but that way if God wants to draw someone's attention to his love, it may help. not like he needs help, but he seems to welcome it from us, it seems to me.