OnA Place for the God Hungry (a blog I occasionally read) is a story of a family who took in 44 people who were stranded in a snow storm while on the road and just gave them their house to hang out in, food to eat, and a place to sleep until they could get back on the road.
On theBBC News yesterday was this story of Wesley Autrey, a construction worker in New York, who jumped onto the tracks of the New York subway and rolled with 19-year-old Cameron Hollopeter (who had fallen onto the track while having a seizure) into the trough between the rails at 137th Street station.
It is great to see normal things taking risk for others. That is what we should all be prepared to do.
Out of Ur, the online side ofLeadership Journal, has a series of posts on resolutions and how in several sittings over a one-year period, Jonathan Edwards drafted 70 resolutions by which he governed his life and ministry. Josh Griffin has posted a series of youth work training videos, each a couple of minutes long, on his blog and you tube. Check them out and pass them onto others – well worth keeping an eye on.
This book contains 99 different ideas of things to do between now and heaven. They vary in content, time and cost requirements, suggestions include lighting a candle, doing an extreme sport, taking a sabbath and learning New Testament greek, planting a tree, or becoming a beer or wine buff. The ideas are laid out neatly on double page spreads with some details as to how to do the activity, information on time and financial costs, a couple of bible verses for reflection, some interesting quotes, and space for you to write your own progress.
I had great fun thinking about which of the 99 I had done, but also other people, including Peter, had done. The book is well worth dipping into and every so often going and doing one of the suggestions. Definitely worth getting hold of.
“A map on the envelope had a dot drawn in north Cornwall and an arrow saying “Somewhere Here”. Postal workers in Bude, north Cornwall managed to pinpoint the right address and deliver the letter. The letter to Peter O’Leary, was from a long-lost work colleague who failed to enclose his own address so Mr O’Leary cannot write back. Bude’s delivery office manager Andrew Lake said post workers worked out from the map the intended address was in Bude and then asked each other if anyone recognised the name Peter O’Leary. Postman Eric Seymour realised Mr O’Leary lived on his round and said the customer was astounded when he handed over the letter.”
How silly that the colleague didn’t bother to put his own address in the letter for Mr O’Leary.
It has been great reading everyones thoughts on a start for the new year, includinglittle alice getting back to blogging, ysmarko , and simply kurt, have been posting their best bits of 2006, and youthblog has some good thoughts on resolutions.
I went back to work today, but seemed to spend most of the day trying to do complete our mortgage application. We spent over four hours meeting with our mortgage advisor doing all the paper work. I now feel quite behind but I’m sure we will get there in the end.
Children and young people
Strategy and study
Relationships and Rest/Sabbath
While, as is fairly obvious, I didn’t manage to complete all the goals, I did fairly well, and certainly found it very helpful to have structured aims, and not just to bumble through life going from one ‘emergency’ to the next. It is certainly something I am thinking about doing again in the next few days, although, partly because of my work pattern being so heavily linked so schools, and partly because I seem to be so task and result orientated I am wondering about making them more short-term and doing it three times a year.
How do you set your goals or aims, what questions do you use to help you evaluate where you have gone and where you hope to go?