Friday, November 16, 2012

The Story of Church.

Remember when I was all, “I don't like cry babies, so don't ask me to serve in the nursery!”

Well, thankfully, nobody has. Granted, it's probably because they're afraid I'll teach the toddlers to shout obscenities and draw Sharpie tattoos on their necks. (Oh, come on. Nothing screams “Sunday School” like a 2 year old with NORCAL THUG scribbled across his throat. Am I right?!)

Anyway. I won't have to touch the sticky children ~*huge sigh of relief*~ because I've found another area to serve; somewhere safe from boogers and diapers, where I'm a little more comfortable making a contribution. So, basically, it's a win-win.

A few weeks ago, I sat down with the leadership of our church and together we asked, “What if we could create a space for the people of Lakeside Church to tell their story? What would it look like? Who would contribute? What stories would we tell?”

For me, this was a super exciting conversation – mostly, because of you.

See, writing The Very Worst Missionary has taught me that a blog can be more than just words floating around in a vacuum of internet space. It taught me that we are connected by our most honest stories, and it showed me, first hand, how God can use one man's story to change another man's life. Through your comments, encouragements, and thoughtful responses, I've learned that our stories allow us link arms and stand together – even from across the world.

So this week our church launched a new blog, and I had the honor of writing the very first post. We're calling it "Lakeside Life", and we're hoping to see the story of a Church unfold in its pages.  

I'll be a regular contributor there, so feel free to follow along. As far as I'm concerned, y'all are the best commenters on the planet(!) – so please feel free to get in there, and show the people how it's done. :)

Oh. And thank you.

Thank you for showing me the value of a story.

Thank you for telling me over and over and over again that I'm a writer.

And thank you, thank you, thank you for making me a blogger and saving me from the clutches of all those miserable babies.

You guys are the best. I mean that... YOU'RE THE BEST!

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Did you check out my post on Lakeside Life

How is God using your story?