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It seems like my week has been focused on just that very question. Being “people who care” is a focus for up/rooted, our young adults ministry, in this season - looking how to move forward in making an impact on culture & the Kingdom at the same time. We just ran an article this week here on the Threads site entitled, “Beyond ‘Hit & Run’ Servanthood” (considering how to approach service & volunteerism in a way that be a lifestyle choice, not just a trendy act), and finished recording the raw audio on the same subject for our upcoming Threads podcast. Then watching one of my favorite shows step out of character for 48 hours in an effort to raise awareness & money for ‘difference making’ organizations both here & abroad.
When I first set out to write “InTransit” I was going through one of the biggest waiting periods of my life. The Bible study was more than something I studied academically. It was birthed out of the pains and struggles of my own life. I have learned that waiting really is about trust. Waiting is not about the time that it takes to have your dreams come true or for something you really want to come to pass - it is whether you trust God or not.
Ever find yourself bored? In need of human contact?
Try posting your mobile number on YouTube. You can correct both of these problems right away. But you might find yourself suffering from sleep deprivation instead of boredom.
Monday’s news reports from the Virginia Tech campus were shocking, to say the least. What had at first appeared to be a murder-suicide developed into a massacre by the end of the day. Thirty-three were dead including the gunman. What happened? Why?
I know I should be feeling sympathy and confusion about what happened at Virginia Tech on Monday. But all I am feeling is anger about what happened to Ryan Clark and 30 others who died in Blacksburg. It’s almost like I know Ryan — because I have walked in his footsteps as a resident assistant.
My understanding of Jewish culture is, sadly, limited - but hopefully growing. I love that there seems to be significance in every action of this culture, from eating to sleeping to greeting someone in the street. I can’t imagine anything different from the fast food culture in which I reside, where everything is done on the run and nothing is savored. Everything is quick, and therefore nothing is really significant. For example, it’s very telling I think that the traditional greeting between Jewish folks is “Shalom.”
The others. Jack and Kate. Jack and Sawyer. Sawyer and Kate. The wheelchair. The Dharma Initiative. Anyone else getting LOST? I am—I think of myself as a reasonably intelligent person, but I need a search engine, a glossary, and a set of Cliff’s Notes to keep this stuff straight.
It never fails that every Tuesday night I want to lay on the couch and watch hours of mind-numbing TV and every Tuesday I manage to fight my natural laziness and go to ESL class (English as a Second Language). Some of you might be thinking…”YES! Heather is finally going to learn English”…alas, no. I help with childcare while the parents of 11-30 little people learn to speak or read English. It is a little self-serving on my part… I can’t afford to travel as much as I would like (once every few weeks) so I travel to a developing country over in the break room of a thrift store once a week.