Hey everyone! I’m back for a one day intermission in my absence from the blog.
So as I wash my clothes and repack them to prepare to leave town for another week, I’ve got thoughts bursting out of my ears. Here’s a little bit of what’s going on in my head, from my time out of town, to my realization that I’m a Christianity drop-out. I can’t wait to get back and start blogging again.
Rocks, Rocks Everywhere…and Bums
Colorado was really beautiful. Though it was a little untidy. Rocks lying everywhere, just willy nilly. But very beautiful, nevertheless. Vacation has also become a time when I can count on my wife at some time giving me sort of an annual spiritual “check-up.” While probing, it’s still much more comfortable than getting a physical check-up.
Leslie is a faithful commenter here and she and her husband, Pete were very gracious to invite us over for lunch one day. Their stories and ministry are amazing. Go read Leslie’s blog…now. Oh, and if you’re ever traveling through flyover country (Missouri), give me a holler, and maybe we can meet up.
Denver has a lot of homeless people. Curiously though, there were “regular” bums, and then there were a lot of young people who looked as if they were being homeless for fun. They seemed like really well equipped homeless people, with frame backpacks, and shoes and teeth. They looked like they were having the time of their lives. Granted, being homeless is probably great when you can outfit yourself with sweet camping gear, and Mom’s basement is just a mile away, but it seemed like kind of an insult to the really homeless people.
Earning my GED
This weekend, I’m heading out for a mission trip in sunny Heroica Matamoros, Mexico. Ironically, the forecast is for temps to be cooler down there than in my home town. I highlighted the impulsiveness of this decision here.
I don’t know what will happen down there. I know I am not going to change the world. I am not going so I can feel good about myself. I am just going to see what happens, and hopefully work my butt off in some meaningful way.
I have never gone on a short term mission before. That has lately been a point of shame for me. It’s like a short term mission was the last requirement for my generation to become real “Christians,” and I dropped out a month before graduation. So this is like earning my Christian GED.
And while I may be taking a few photos, I’m going to do my best to not do very much. Because I’ve seen way too many college students beg their churches for money to go on a mission trip. Then they come back with tons of pictures. And what are 90% of their pictures? Sightseeing. McDonald’s. Whatever happens over the coming week, I don’t want to be a dumb American tourist (though my Spanish is…muy malo, to say the least.) I’m also leaving my Birkenstocks and khaki shorts at home.
The Blog World Goes On In My Absence
Holy crap, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary has been tearing it up lately and putting people in their places, talking about short term missions. After reading all of that, I almost feel like a tool for even going on a mission trip. Maybe I should try to get her featured here…
Speaking of which, do you have any interest in guest blogging for me? Or do you want me to write a post for you? Let me know. I may give you the chance when I return…if there’s a lot of interest.
Talk to me, people! Tell me about a place you enjoy traveling, a mission trip you went on (or tell us that you’ve never been on one), or tell me you’re interested in a little bit of guest blogging. I promise I have lined up some cool stuff for next week!