It is 3:00 Friday afternoon as I write this post. I am leaving in 13 hours (4:00 AM) to head out on a short term mission trip in Mexico. These one week trips have become annual events that I look forward to every year. I have mountain top memories of accompanying the high school youth groups on such trips when my children were in high school. Sharing a love for some very special people…people who teach us over and over again that it is possible to be happy without lots of stuff…rates at the top of anything I have ever done in my life. Actually, I had not gone on a trip for a few years when last year my youngest son Jonathan, now 29 years old, challenged me to go. He had already signed up and I was not going to allow him to one-up me, so the “old man” went along. While I am realistic enough to know that we couldn’t re-create those mountain top experiences of years ago, I also knew that we could create new memories. And we did. The trip, the ministry and the relationships, especially with the children (we host a VBS every day) was a new mountain top itself.
So, I am leaving for a new experience in just a few hours. I am excited, not knowing what to expect, but expecting good things. And yes, Jonathan is going again this year. Good father-son stuff!
Posts I have enjoyed this week:
- Baker challenges us to consider just what financial peace is all about and whether one must be a Christian (as Dave Ramsey implies) before one can experience it in his post Is Christianity the Only Path to ‘True’ Financial Peace. Good, thought provoking stuff.
- Whatever your thoughts on global warming, you need to check out Len Penzo’s post, Yes, Al Gore, There is Such a Thing as Global Warming. Al Gore will definitely sleep better now that Len has restored his faith.
- Craig Ford shares an insightful look in What are the characteristics of the poor, middle class and wealthy? Having lived in a third world country himself, Craig has some first hand knowledge of this topic. He also has some great Mother Teresa quotes. A good read.
- Brad shares his heart in a guest post in Bible Money Matters as he shares “How God Worked In The Life Of One Debt-Free Blogger”. From an atheist to a believer…good stuff.
- Bob at Christian PF sees a possible silver lining in the news that Social Security recipients will not be getting a cost of living adjustment in 2010. Is big government showing some restraint? Check it out.