I'm hoping that Tuesday's 45 degrees and rain was winter's last, desperate attempt to make my life miserable. And let me tell you, winter succeeded, because every time I walked outside Tuesday I immediately felt at least 50% worse than I did while I was inside.
Guess what? It's time for another blog post of random, disconnected thoughts!! I know you're super excited for this, so here goes:
- I finally finished Les Miserables (the book version) last week. What an incredibly rich, beautiful and redemptive story! I found myself in tears at the end of the story, overcome with the rich imagery of a man who gives his life for others so selflessly. I couldn't help but see the Christian parallels throughout the story.
- Then I watched the recent film version, and confirmed again that I don't think any movie can ever possibly compare to the rich experience of reading a book. There's just too much stripped away to get to the visual storytelling that has to happen in a movie. And believe me, I get it that film and the page are totally different media, but I still prefer a great book to a great movie.
- I can't think of Les Miserables without thinking of a few people in High School who were passionate fans of the musical. And now I can't think of High School without remembering that when June rolls around I will officially have been a High School graduate for 20 years. How did that happen?
- In my neverending effort to get myself cultured I also went to a rap concert a couple weeks back. No, it wasn't Snoop Lion (or whatever he's calling himself these days). It was a guy named Lecrae who my kids happen to think is the greatest thing since peanut butter and chocolate. And while rap/hip hop is definitely not my favorite music genre, I have to admit that Lecrae's passion for the gospel was clear, his message was incredibly uplifting, and I actually enjoyed myself. Also my daughter thought it was a win that I decided not to publicly embarrass her by showing off my dance moves. That said, I stand by what I told her: my dance moves rock.
- I have some great friends in so many different areas of my life. I spent Friday night with a few of them laughing, talking and generally enjoying the good, bad and funny things about my life. Last week I had coffee with a friend who is a mentor to me in life and ministry who was in town for a couple weeks from Indonesia. I spent several hours Friday afternoon with another friend who always helps me dream bigger dreams for God's Kingdom in my life and my church. It's amazing how good friendships enrich my life, and how good God is to have brought those people into my life.
- In a couple weeks Rita and I are getting to spend a night up in Boston. We're seeing Needtobreathe in concert at the House of Blues and then have the day to ourselves in the city. I'm not sure how different, if at all, it will feel post-Marathon Monday, but I do know that my love for that city has only increased as a result. Can't wait to be there, and especially can't wait to be there with Rita who is, above all, the greatest gift God has given me.
- Speaking of Boston, how about them Red Sox?
- Speaking of them Red Sox, I sure do wish I could talk about them with my dad again. He would have LOVED this team.