Monday, August 11, 2008

what a day!

Yesterday was pure crap . . . washing machine broke in the morning and it just went downhill from there.

But today . . . had a great meeting with our new building project consultant and I'm so excited about this new expansion project that I can hardly stand it! I came home and had some really special time with my three oldest boys - swinging on the swings, jumping on the trampoline. I'm so in love with my kids!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm back!

Man, it feels good to get some normalcy (is that a word?) in life again. Jude seems to be settling into life in the Fitch household just fine. He has a pretty nice 4-hour stretch of sleep at night and Sara and I can divide the "up at night" duties, although she still does much more than I.

But the point here is that this morning I'm up early having some time with my God and my thoughts and it's been a while since that's happened. I read a few chapters in the book of Ruth this morning, thanked God for giving me grace and favor on a couple sticky situations that could have blown up recently and now I'm even blogging. Life is sweet.

I'm reading "The 4 hour work week" by Tim Ferriss. The premise is predictable and shallow, but the thought process that Ferriss has about life in general is really interesting and challenging to me. He's a rebel, and arrogant about it at that, but he really thinks outside the normal boundaries. I'm not talking about someone who thinks it's cool to say "let's think outside the box". My gosh, thinking "outside the box" is squarely inside the box these days. Ferriss seems to intuitively think almost the opposite thoughts that I do and I really like being challenged in this way.

It makes me think about Christianity in the US. For so long (as long as I've been in the church word - almost 3 decades) Christianity seems to be all about what we're against and what we will not or should not do. That stuff has never felt right to me, but I always just told myself that I'm an obstinate sinner and I need to fall in line. I'm not talking about living in sin and and calling it freedom, I'm talking about following the holy spirit even when He seems to lead in strange directions. I can feel this coming and challenges to my thinking are welcome.

If any of you are reading or listening to anything that's challenging to your normal though process, let me know. I'd love to check it out and dialog with you on it.