Sunday, January 27, 2008

Why I like movies

A few moments ago I finished watching a movie, the title is unimportant, and I recalled what it is that makes me love movies . . . it's that I find the parts of me that are missing, hidden beneath the obligations, roles, assumed expectations.  I watch movies and I want to be more me, I want to be more honest with people, to touch their lives with words and actions that will impact them for a short moment or for a lifetime.  I want to be courageous, I want to be whimsical, I want to make a mark.  The characters in movies inspire me, in both their strengths and their faults, their victories and their over-dramatic sorrowful walks on dark rainy nights down lonely streets.  They inspire me to breath deeply and experience my life, not just let time go by.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Reflections on the Sabbath

I have been processing the purpose of the Sabbath, how I should spend it, what it's about, that sort of thing.  On Friday night I attended a Sarah Groves concert at a local Seventh Day Adventist church.  Their sabbath starts at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday.  Before Sarah was introduced, one of the students welcomed us and wished us a happy Sabbath.  The feeling I got was one of rest, of an invitation to join with others and rest, a reprieve from busy.  There is an unspoken commitment amongst the SDA folks to rest together, corporately.  It seems that most Sunday Sabitarians pick and choose their own rules, very individualistic, no accountability to resting, no intentionality to rest and observe a day for the Lord.  I want the Sabbath to mean something, but I want it to mean something corporately for me and the local Body with whom I worship.  I'm in process, and today I rested.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

So, I was thinking . . . not lately.

As of late I have been asked, "So, what's new?" and "So, what have you been up to?"  I figure I'm supposed to give some sort of reply that is interesting and exciting.  But, the reality is what I've been up to is:
taking down and putting away Christmas
deep cleaning and de-hairing my house 
watching the TBS version of Sex in the City
not drinking beer
not eating complex carbohydrates
getting a YMCA membership, which I have used twice
reading (I like it)
giving plasma
cooking seriously healthy meals (I'm hungry by the way and I ate 45 minutes ago)
reading the books of Leviticus & Numbers (riveting)
cleaning my dehumidifier 
working at Scooters
frequenting Cultiva Coffee (15th and South, check it out, and thencome see me @ Scooters)   

Very soon I will be:
getting a haircut 
doing my taxes   

What do you tell someone when they ask what you've been up to, and you life is lacking extreme excitement?