Validation..... What is it? Where do I get it from....or try to get it from.....?.....so important.
Let me try to express myself first.... this is Philip 's attempt at defining the word validation.
I particularly enjoyed the way Michael Spencer closed his posting that I published last time.
"So I beg your pardon friends. It’s time to travel again."
My friend Bodie just emailed a copy of a posting on another blog that he frequents... It was startling to find yet another person saying the same things we have been saying. This one really hit home...it was like I was reading my own story and not Michael Spencer's. I've added his blog to my blogroll over on the right...internetmonk...visit it at your own risk.... :)
I have listened to lots of different folks explaining what it is that makes them come fully alive. I listened to conversations at base camp...I've asked a ton a bunch of people over the past month...listened to a ton a bunch of responses...much of what I hear ends up having to do with jobs...careers....hobbies...if I only could do this, that or the other......on and on.
I may just get a little redundant about all the stuff that got packed into this suitcase called my heart. It has been rolling around in my heart ever since the trip to base camp....actually, in one dimension or another, it has been rolling around for over three years...ever since I first saw the battle....saw that I was born into my place in His story of the war that has been going on since before creation.
Between the base camp and the next couple weeks of vacation I was sorting thru all the myriad things the Lord had shown me and I really filled up the old suitcase. Not having time to write has kind of slowed down the unpacking process..... :)
I mentioned coming fully alive. The way to get there is to come to a place in our journey into God where we see that God really loves us and will take care of us...provide for us...He will bring us into that place of complete trust and dependence on Him....we just need to let Him.
Wow....do relationships ever take time....seems like between that and the B&B and trying to keep my old body functioning with my exercise routine and 9 holes of golf....no time left to just muse and write. I need to carve time out for this...no more excuses. This seems to take as much discipline as my weight control! :)
Expeditions of the Heart wants to see every human being come fully alive.....that's the Eldredge message tied in so beautifully to all the other things he is trying to say. If I am living some dull, boring, plodding, existence, just scraping along from day to day, trying to keep myself afloat in the water 'cause I've already gone under twice and 3 strikes...I'm out....
I traveled down to NH on March 25th... the day before registration for the base camp...I wanted to touch base with my friend Owen Carey...have dinner with them....then hang out till after lunch before heading to the conference.
Then had the opportunity to have lunch with John Haller and his wife on the way to see Owen. How great it was to finally meet them after emailing back and forth for over a year. Very special time together outside of the context of the base camp.
I am convinced now..... even more than ever.... of several things... all the reflections and experiences over the past four weeks just sealed these things deep in my heart on a whole other level...may not even make a list of those things...just take one every day I can...... and talk about it a little....or maybe a lot... :)