party party party

December 21, 2006

So we had the Christmas party at my apartment complex. It was crazy! Between making all the food, decorating and meeting tons of people I didn’t know, I was exhausted by the end. But it was really really good.

The whole thing was a little awkward because I didn’t know anybody, and nobody knew anybody, but eventually people started chatting and hanging out. It surprised me how long some of the people had lived there (one guy has lived there for the past 18 years!). And it was sad how few people knew each other. Everybody seemed to like the idea of getting to know their neighbors though, which was the whole idea. Its really cool, I’ve actually talked to some of the people since the party. I hope I can get to know them enough so that I can bless them in some way.

(on a side note, I kind of feel like I should stop walking around the apartment complex in my pajamas. I ran into somebody I knew yesterday when I had my pj’s on)

On a completely different note, I’m trying to find somewhere I can serve on Christmas. I go in phases where I am really motivated to help others, and where I become kind of indifferent. I just watched a talk by Shane Claiborne the other day, and I think that sparked this most recent interest in serving. I think that loving people and tangibly meeting their needs is so much a part of what it means to follow Jesus. But so much of what I do for my job and to “be a good Christian” has nothing to do with feeding the poor and comforting the lonely. Its depressing really. It is so easy to forget that first and foremost we are called to be a people who love others.

I wonder if that is what it means to be the Church. Not to worry about getting more people through our doors. Not to count the number of times that we explain the 4 spiritual laws. But instead, to just live the kind of life that Jesus tells us to live. To worry instead about loving radically, being excessively generous, forgiving the unforgivable. Maybe if we do these kinds of things, people will know that we are different, and will be drawn to God because of our incredible love.

Christmas Parties 2006

December 15, 2006

Hello faithful readers!

This is my first official post where I am not required by my teacher to talk to you people. So here we go. This year my roommie and I are hosting a Holiday Party for my apartment complex. We are super excited.  I dont know any of my neighbors (well, that isn’t completely true since I wave ‘hi’ to the family next door, but that is about it).  Our goal of putting on this party is just to get to know people a little bit. So that when we walk down the hall way we dont have to avert our eyes in awkwardness or that if somebody needed a last minute babysitter, they could drop their kid off with me.  I know it is optimistic, but it is a start. 

It’s a little nerve racking though. Up until now, I could do whatever I wanted, and not care at all what my neighbors think of me. Tomorrow is almost like my coming out party. From here on out, people will look at me and associate my actions with Jesus. Not that I am going to advertise that I’m Christian, but since I work at a church, it comes up a lot.  It’s strange. Not that I screw around a lot or do things that I don’t want people knowing about (most of the time), but it just makes life that much more authentic.  Who I am and how I live matters.  And now people are going to know about it.

I’ll let you know how it goes after I make it through the craziness that is this weekend (this is 1 of 5 parties between now and Monday. yippee)

I’m kind of sad that this class is ending.  There was nothing in particular that stood out to me throughout the quarter, but I feel like the class has shaped me and pointed my ministry and my life in a different direction. I’m really thankful to Ryan for his passion and insight into the emerging church.  Struggling with all this material this quarter was really challenging, but I felt like I was in good hands and that I learned so much. I can’t wait to take another one of Ryan’s classes, God is definitely moving in his life.