July 25, 2007

Colorado



Colorado is a nice place to go in the middle of the summer when you are a Texan. We were honored to attend the staff conference for Campus Crusade for Christ. CCC has over 70 ministries under it's care and thousands of their staff attend training and events each summer at the CSU campus in Fort Collins. We were lucky enough to be there for a few days for some events.


William was able to re-connect with his mentor from his undergrad days at Cornell. It had been over 15 years - and it was great for me to experience the first-hand impact from CCC - just from witnessing this reunion.


We've both been to a lot of conferences, seminars, etc.... but to be able to attend an event where the thousands that are among you are the ones that have totally given up their lives for God ... is a bit profound. And the people we met were so accomplished, bright and ....yes...normal. The president, Steve Douglass, received his engineering degree at MIT and went on the Harvard Business school.... and then went directly to serve at CCC for 30 years, before becoming the organization's leader. Can you imagine his exit interviews at HBS? I love it.

My favorite speaker discussed how to "end strong" in life... with God. He said that sometimes our lives might seem to fall out from under us and catch us in total surprise. But in reality - the warning signs are always there....we sometimes tend to conveniently ignore them. His three action points were:
1)Walking Humbly Phil 2:3
2)Walking Continually Psa 1:2
3) Walking Passionately Matt 24:12

And these are the warning signs.... we had a grand time fessing up to our own. Tip: This works much better if you discuss it with someone who will actually hold you accountable.... in love :)

1) Walking Humbly
*Proneness to offense or anger
*Defensiveness
*Difficulty submitting
*Insisting doing things "my way"
*Looking down on certain people
*Saying, "I deserve this perk"
*Difficulty in being transparent

2) Walking Contnually
*Being distracted by worries
*Being distracted by activities
*Being slow to repent sin
*Leaving the door open for temptation
*Not making restitution right away

3) Walking Passionately
*Experiencing weariness in long term service
*Feeling overwhelmed & exhausted
*Not setting aside enough time for God during the day

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