It’s been a LONG time and I may have been a carny…

I would think that at any one point in any blogger’s career they have to give the requisite apology for taking a break, forgetting to blog, being too busy to blog, overrun by a raging herd of guinea pigs or not being committed enough.

I’m not sure where I fall in that description, but I can boil it down to this: life happens. Change, as much as we’d like, rarely happens like a slow-roasted rotisserie chicken, but rather a microwave burrito at a convenience store.  It often comes in waves too. Rarely is it only one thing in our lives that changes in our lives at a time, but rather a whole range of things, precipitated by one or two changes.

Change, as much as we’d like, rarely happens like a slow-roasted rotisserie chicken, but rather a microwave burrito at a convenience store.

For me, I can boil it down to two specific things: a job change and changes within our church.  In 2013 when I was originally beginning to write this, Kelly and I were at a church in our area and we felt that things weren’t going well.  I was a deacon and we were both working in many capacities in the church and things just weren’t right.  As is often the case, this lead to infighting and a situation that felt very much like a building of the “this is how we’ve always done it” crowd and the “shouldn’t things change?” crowd.  That aside, Kelly and I felt as though God was telling us to leave.  Like, really, “just go.”  That kind of thing tends to not be easy.  We turned in our resignation letters, our keys and left.  I hate it when God tells us to do things we don’t understand, but often it’s during those times, when we do follow these simple yet seemingly catastrophic instructions, we see the most fruit and closeness that we couldn’t have experienced otherwise.

Fast-forwarding a bit, we became part of a church plant in our area that ended up taking up what felt like a majority of our time (for those that have never been a part of a church plant, man is it an experience going from someone’s living room to a full-fledged church). We (Kelly and I) ended up over the media ministry of that newly formed church which included setup at the time.  For those of you that may not have been part of a mobile church,  after a while, you feel like a carny blowing into town, setting up and taking down, but on a weekly basis, not knowing for sure where the next setup will take place.  During that time, it was exhausting, but otherwise rewarding.  You develop a closeness to those around you during hard work that you probably would not otherwise. You tend to bond like a family, which we did, warts and all.

Our next major endeavor involved church also.  Our church bought a building.  That in and of itself is a daunting task, but we did it while still working the nomadic carny lifestyle.  We did most all of the work ourselves turning a warehouse/car lot into a proper house of worship.  Everything from deconstruction to running lines, cleaning and building things back up were on the agenda.  Personally, we helped most with the building up of the tech side where Kelly and I and our best friends ran approximately 4000 feet of ethernet cord in the worship room alone.  To say it was a daunting effort would be an extreme understatement.  It was amazing to see that process happen and how much teamwork could accomplish.  We may have been carnys, but we were carnys with a purpose.

Fast-forwarding again, in July of 2015, I began a new position at work.  One that I am unbelievably happy and proud to be doing.  I am the IT Support Specialist at the non-profit organization that I work for.  For those of you that know me, you know this is a dream come true.  This mixture of helping mold an IT Department AND being part of an organization devoted to helping people, could not be more ready-made for me.  I get to be foundational support for people that directly affect the lives of others in a positive way.  What more could I ask for?  Seriously.  That too has taken me on the road quite a bit.  Going from office to office working on new things or working on old things has afforded me a great opportunity to connect with a large part of our organization.  Plus, I’m a project guy, and we’ve had plenty to work on.

I’m going to try and post weekly with this to begin with, depending on how life treats us.     My plan is for my next few posts to catch you up some on us and give you some random thoughts I have been thinking about and possibly even some tech reviews. Thanks for sticking with me, I’ll try not to be so long next time!

 

 

One comment

  1. Amanda Bailey · September 25

    Glad to get an update…we miss you and Kelly!

    Liked by 1 person

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