Oh, July. What is there to say about you? At times it feels like you were going slow, but now you’re gone. I think it’s gone too fast.
July has been a month of finishing–finishing my job at the Global Ministry Center, finishing my time living in Kansas, finishing my time with my Church and youth group. Now, before I get too over-dramatic, I will say: I am leaving Kansas now, but I am coming back in two weeks for class at Seminary. I will be in Kansas City again for the last two weeks of August. So it’s a little like saying goodbye to someone only to find that you are both walking in the same direction, which is always a little awkward.
Even still, it’s hard to say goodbye to the office where I’ve worked for the past three years of my life. This was my cubicle for the past year (see my name, I was official once upon a time):
On the first day of July, I went to the dermatologist and got a biopsy of my scalp. So that wasn’t exactly how I imagined my month starting. Why, you ask? Perhaps that’s a story for another time. I know, don’t you love the suspense? It’s almost like I’m writing a mystery blog. Also, I took a picture of my bloody scalp, but I doubt you want to see that so I will refrain from posting it. (However I did not refrain from sending the picture to two of my friends. To those friends, I say, you are welcome.)
July 28th was an exciting Sunday. I’ve been attending church at the same church almost throughout college. They were in a building campaign before I started attending, so it’s been years in progress. But it was so great to celebrate our first Sunday in the new building! If you are in the Olathe area, please visit Living Hope. It’s a great Church.
I am now officially in seminary, so the reading for my classes began this month. So part of me was mourning the loss of my summer break and also feeling like I can never get away from doing homework. All the same I’ve completed the following for my classes: Reimagining Evangelism by Rick Richardson, The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George G Hunter III, Evangelism in the Early Church by Michael Green, Missional by Alan J. Roxburgh, and Lost Letters of Pergamum, The: A Story from the New Testament World by Bruce W. Longenecker.
I listened to a few audiobooks this month (I love audiobooks): More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger and Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life by Jeff Goins. I liked the book, Wrecked, so much that at a previous trip to Mardel’s (how I will miss you, Mardel’s) I remembered seeing the book on the clearance section for $1, so I may or may not have gone and bought three to give as gifts (sorry to my friends who receive these – you now know how much they cost).
I read The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin. I told my mom on the phone that I didn’t really like this book all that much. I liked it in the beginning, and honestly, some of what she wrote really stuck with me. Though for the most part (and I don’t know if I comes with just finishing working on a pretty big event for participants from around the world), but it felt too small, too Western, too upper middle class. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I still feel like happiness is a choice. Yeah, there are things you can do to improve yourself and thus improve how happy you are, but ultimately, your happiness is left up to how you are going to respond to what’s happening. So, read if you’d like, but I don’t know how much I recommend it.
Now to something I really do recommend: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Loved it. It was great. I listened to it on audiobook, but the story itself is narrated by Death, which I think is a pretty cool take on things. I generally don’t like fiction that much, but I really enjoyed this. Plus, it’s going to be made into a movie, so I’m already pretty excited for it.
At the beginning of this month, I was home. It was before my pre-coursework started and July 4 on a Thursday made for a long weekend. My brother and I started watching the first season of Parks and Recreation because neither of us had seen them before. Then we watched all of season two. Then season three. I then needed to go back to Kansas, so we didn’t finish all the seasons. But you better believe it’s going to happen sometime once I’m back home.
Blogs & Articles
Here is a list of random things I’ve read this month and recommend:
“Why millennials are leaving the church” by Rachel Held Evans
“Why I Don’t Believe We Know the Truth Yet” by Donald Miller on the Storyline blog
And this video (Mom, you might cry):
See what others are into this July here.