Letter #683: Six Months of Adventure

Last 6 Months

Dear six months,

Half a year…182ish days. At times you can seem daunting or really long ago; other times you fly by faster than Blue Bell’s flying off Texas shelves right now.

I’ve lived 57 sets of you but when I think of my last set of six, in many ways it feels like a dream. I’m not sure I will ever be able to fully put into words what’s happened in my last six months. You have been hard, fast, exciting, exhausting, life giving and unexpected while being filled with firsts, adventure, fear, opportunity and life lessons I’ll never forget.

  • Beginning of March-Beginning of May: served as a Chick-fil-A team member as Branson’s first store opened; balanced two jobs and while I didn’t mind the extra money I was really doing it to learn more about how CFA trains their employees as they continue to set the industry standard in customer experience.
  • May-August 8th: summer 10 at Kanakuk K-West; hardest of my 10 summers in that place but so fun at the same time as I was able to laugh a ton and learn a lot as I got to sit front seat as the Lord showed up how only He can.
  • August 11th-September 6th: four weeks on the trip of a lifetime; the timeliness of my European Adventure couldn’t have been more perfect. My prayer was for it to be restful, reflective and purposeful…all three and more occurred.

In the span of time a viable baby can be formed, I fit all the above in and more. There will be few seasons in my life filled with more diversity and adventure, and as I look back I can’t help but laugh. Did all of that really happen?! If I were in any other life stage, I couldn’t or at least wouldn’t have done it all.

And I wouldn’t trade my experiences for a different life stage. I need to remind myself of this as it’s so easy to compare and dwell on what I don’t have. Even in just the past few months I have been able to do incredible things. Rather than wishing for things to be part of my life, I want to genuinely celebrate all I already have and am getting to do. I just did things people dream of doing their whole lives. I saw pieces of creation most will only see in photos. My scope is broadened, eyes opened and life changed because of it.

My last six months have been so fun, so adventurous. I may never have six that rival you in a row again, but I am incredibly thankful for the journey and always want to live willing to take risks.

Cheers to the beginning of travel season at work and the start of set 58 of you!


Letter #250: Life Stage of 24

Dear life stage,

You sure are fun! 24, single and working at summer camp. Most people would probably be a little bummed by you. I, on the other hand, am loving every second of you! Yesterday it hit me hard that I am in a unique one of you, and I have to make the most of every minute of it.

I am old enough to have some life experience under my belt, yet young enough for our kampers and staff to still be able to relate to me. I’m not saying that age negates ministry at all, but the bigger the age gap the more difficult it is to relate. You move from friend category to role model to a secondary parent figure. This is one of the many reasons I get excited about you. I’m not getting any younger, so I only have a window of time where I’m still ‘young, hip and cool’ to kampers and staff. I have to make the most of this!

While it’s easy to look around and see all the things I don’t have at 24…lots of money, a man, currently A/C, etc., my eyes have been opened to more of what I do have. Because of you I have a unique ministry that I couldn’t have if I was tied down to a guy and in a different job title. Because of you I get to travel the country seeing all sorts of places and meeting all sorts of people I’d never get to otherwise. Because of you I get to teach basketball, drive boats and dress up in costumes to get to tell kids about Jesus.

Today, I’m thankful for you,

24, single, summer camp employee