Monthly Archives: August 2010

organized chaos

i’m walking around everyday looking at boxes of stuff. things that have been accumulated over years of being a family… what to keep? what to throw away? what to give away?

if you’ve ever done a big purge or move you know what i’m talking about.
the trouble is, my brain is not set up for clear organization in the traditional sense of the word. i might spend 3 full minutes deciding if the dish towels should go next to the refrigerator, or next to the dishwasher… i might spend 30 minutes moving boxes around and getting caught up in pics of one of my kids when they were babies and then pics IN THE SAME BOX from last week… ludicrous.

even writing about the process, i find i’m getting disjointed.
here’s the thing, i dont want to just put things in places, i want to be deliberate about them. i want to figure out the best place, so that i’ll always know where to look for what i’m looking for… that begs the personal question… am i as careful to place things in my life in the places they belong?

am i using my time as deliberately?
am i as careful to treasure the moments with my kids as i am to find the right place to put their picture?
am i as mindful of what content fills the spaces of my brain as i am the contents of my drawer?

i spoke this past week at a church media conference at Samford University to a group of church creatives about creating filters that represent your organization. essentially questions to ask yourself to make sure you are accomplishing what you want to accomplish with your church communications initiatives.

but what filters do i have in place for my personal life.
what personal filters do you have? what questions are you asking yourself each day?

for example: does this bring attention to me or to God? does this time i’m spending reflect an investment in people or stuff? do my words push forth the message of Christ, or create an embarassment?

what filter will be be using?

samford university

samford... ahhhhhh

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the art of the matter

i drive around and i long for a camera. i want to find a way to capture for others the things i see. i want to share the majesty of a cracked board, glistening with silver from age and dew drops rolling down its side. i want to explain to you how it makes me feel to inhale air that has taste and texture to it. i want to find the words to explain what it’s like to lean down and kiss the top of my daughter’s head. i want to explain the way i see things, and make sure that no one misses the marvelous nature of the intricate nature we have been allowed to hang out in. i long to find the words to express love that never fails. i wish for you to taste colors, like i do… not taste the same as i taste them, but taste them for yourself. i wish for you to have joy in a phrase or expression. i hope for you to see the tender mercies of God that happen all day every day in different ways.

i think those things are some of the reasons people call me “creative”…
i would contend that we are all creative, just in different ways…
i’m am humbly grateful that God has allowed me to be creative in these ways. i submit that i would have none of it, if he did not give it to me. no thought or great idea that he did not orginate. no initiative or ministry idea that was original to me. the author of life is allowing me right now to put feet to the words he has placed in my heart and in my mind and in the people that share with me… may i never abuse this gift and this opportunity to bring him honor. may we marvel at his creation and be grateful for our part in his work.

including a video that we wrote to encourage volunteers to have cheerful hearts: written by me; shot and edited by josh hall


why they call it the volunteer state

backstage family

backstage family

so… its no secret if you know me that the collins family are alabama fans. roll tide roll.

and the fact that the school colors, hence the football jersey that quint will wear for the next 5 years is navy and orange… is just funny.

but football aside (as if that is an actual possibility?)… but seriously… this is not about tennessee football, or even alabama football for that matter. this is about the reason i think the name VOLUNTEER STATE fits so perfectly.

i had a meeting last night with 15 volunteers from a satellite campus – white house.

last week i had a meeting with the childrens creative volunteers from another satellite campus – gallatin

the week before that i had a meeting with leadership of all teams… and this coming friday we will have volunteer training “midnight train”…

i have been astounded, amazed, impressed and blessed by the hearts to serve that i have been meandering through. people that love a program and children so much that they are commited every week to making sure that an eternal message is  delivered by the  most effective means available.

so when i think of tennessee being the volunteer state… i will think of these people. this team. this growing organism that is the long hollow childrens ministry. dare i say i’m proud to be a tennessee volunteer… (ha… )