What’s up next?

(First published May 29, 2012)

It’s the beginning of summer. Not technically, but practically. In the US, Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) marks the beginning of summer. And I wanted to ask you what you want to accomplish in the three months between now and Labor Day.

Not generally, though I do care about generally, but in your journey of understanding what following Jesus looks like or means or feels like or leads to.  What do you want to accomplish?

  • What stories about Jesus do you want to spend some time exploring?
  • What are you pretty sure that God has been inviting you to do that you’ve been putting off?
  • What are you going to learn about the family members around you that will help you learn to love them better?
  • What are the five questions about God that you want someone to explore with you?
  • How many sunrises or sunsets a week are you planning to stop everything and watch (even if you don’t write a poem about it like David did).
  • What’s the next step for whatever you mastered during the past 6 months?


  • I want to look at the conversations that Jesus has, the times where he talks with one person for at least a couple conversational turns (for example, he says, she responds, he responds, she responds is two conversation turns). Three of them come to mind quickly and I want to look at those and for others.
  • I want to write about the idea of stopping announcing and starting to invite. I think there is a huge difference in how we connect to the lives of other people.
  • I want to spend more time with Nancy sitting on the deck, listening to the birds.

A lot to consider on the first day of summer. But time’s a wasting.