This morning I wrap up more than 3 years of Wednesday morning What-A-Studies.
What a great time we’ve had. Until last fall Brian (our pastor) led the group. The group then multiplied and some moved to Chick-Fil-A in Waxahachie and a few of us stuck around in Red Oak.
I’ve been facilitating most of the conversations and have richly enjoyed each and every Wednesday morning.
I can only think of a few Wednesdays I’ve missed in the past few years — as it’s a huge highlight of my week.
Just guys sitting around, talking about life, faith and God and being real with one another. Priceless.
Leaving encounter sucks for sure… but leaving my What-A-Study guys sucks even more. But I’m glad to know they’ll continue on and I’ll continue on with new guys and new relationships. Besides… Friends are Friends Forever….
A final challenge
As I wrap up my final What-A-Study in Red Oak, and prepare for the group to multiply again (starting Cabana Wednesdays – 6:30 a.m. Taco Cabana at Beltline and Hwy 80 in Mesquite next week), I’m challenging the guys at Whataburger with what’s become my creed over the last couple years.
It’s adopted from Brian McLaren’s book, Everything Must Change. Of course you can read it in the sidebar of my blog — but you may have overlooked it, or you may read my blog via e-mail or RSS — so I thought it was a great reminder for us all.
imagine if suddenly…
rather than seeking revenge, you sought reconciliation
rather than repaying violence with violence, you sought creative transforming nonviolent alternatives
rather than focusing on external conformity to moral codes, you were internally transformed by love
rather than loving insiders and hating outsiders, you welcomed outsiders into a new us and we
rather than anxiety about money or security or pleasure, you trusted ourselves to the care of God
rather than living for wealth, you lived for God who loves all people, including our enemies
rather than hating our enemies and competitors, you loved them and did unto them not as they have done unto you or before they do unto you but as you wish they would do for you