As I reflect on my stay in Missouri and Oklahoma, four memories come to mind:
– Learning about intentional communities, and the impact of a passionate life on parenting, via my conversations with Tom and Sabrina in St Louis, Missouri.
– Eating well, sleeping better, and receiving great care and love from my extended family in Springfield, Missouri.
– Taking a first stab at wrapping my thoughts on passion into a lecture, and delivering it to a group of ten 7-9th graders at a community center in Springfield. (three of them fell asleep — clearly I’ve got some work to do)
– Spending several hours with Pastor Calvin Battle and members of his congregation as we did a deep-dive into Calvin’s foray into being pastor (after a successful career as an engineer).
As I enter the last third of my trip, I see New Mexico, Arizona, and California before me and three stories that need telling. Here we go-