Thursday, June 30, 2011
The past several weeks have been busy and rather intense. Work has been hectic and heavy, and then 10 days ago I threw my back out (again). It’s still trying to figure out how to get un-thrown-out, and I started physical therapy. My back muscles are a mess, the therapist said, tied up tight. It’s called tension and stress – I take it right to my back.
Last week, some good friends moved to San Antonio; we’ve known them for 20 years. We saw them on the Sunday before they left. We could probably walk into their house five years from now and it will seem like only five minutes have passed.
It’s one of those times when I need a little encouragement. OK, so perhaps more than a little.
I will tell you one thing that helps.
The High Calling.
It’s almost an embarrassment of riches – riches produced by real people.
I’ve been connected to The High Calling as a contributing editor for more than a year. I write for it, yes, but I get far more from what I read.
If you’d like to see how I start out each morning, take a look at Mark Robert’s Daily Reflection. Right now, we’re doing the Gospel of Luke.
On Mondays, it’s usually the Book Club, led by Laura Boggess; right now we’re taking a break between Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment and the next book.
Tuesdays are work post days, edited by Bradley Moore. Most of the articles I write for THC end up here. The section covers a broad array of aspects of work, but all of it is about living our faith in the work place.
Wednesdays are what I call Family day, edited by Ann Kroeker. This is where you find people dealing with family issues of all shapes, sizes and varieties.
Thursdays are Gordon Atkinson’s meditations on faith. These are deep, honest, often raw and always profound.
Sam Van Eman edits and often writes the Friday posts on culture.
And then we have additional posts added on most days (including the Random Act of Poetry!) and the links into the posts written by the THC community on their own blogs.
Sunday usually brings an audio message from Howard Butt, the guy who started the whole High Calling thing way back when.
Riding herd on all of this is Marcus Goodyear, the editor, and Laura Barkat, the managing editor.
About three weeks back, I received an email from a reader who had just discovered my blog. As she was checking out various posts, she noticed the THC badge on the right-hand navigation. She clicked on it, and discovered “ a wealth of material” she had never run across before (her words, not mine) (but I agree).
The High Calling is about community, yes. But it’s also about individual people, people who are fallen and sinful just like I am but who struggle to serve God and to serve others.
And in that struggle, there for all of us to see, is where I find high encouragement.
Bonnie Gray over at Faith Barista is hosting a blog carnival on faith, and today’s topic is encouragement. To see more posts on the subject, please visit Faith Barista.
And check out The High Calling, too.
Photograph: From left, Sam Van Eman, David Rupert, yours truly, Claire Burge and Gordon Atkinson at Laity Lodge in Texas last fall for a meeting of the THC writing and editing staff.