My theological friend and spouse to an amazing minister and brilliant Hebrew scholar believes, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. At least that’s Norm’s motto for me. I prefer to think that means live life with passion, avoiding drama as much as possible.” Come to think of it, passionate would be a word I would use to describe her if it wouldn't cause too much drama among the friends.
My dear friend since childhood loves to workout and can lift double her height in weights wants you to know that “Life is easier when you take the high road.” She is tiny, but she is mighty. Her high road would be difficult for most humans to walk upon. But some how she has figured out a way to make it look effortless.
A spiritual mentor, master sermon writer, and all-out great gal-friend believes you should know this about her, “After careful consideration, I have learned, I really could been one of the desert mothers, content to be a hermit.”
This supermom, loving wife, excellent sister, and wonderful daughter not only invited me into her family life but also asked me to baptize her when she turned 40. I did. And it was beautiful like her spirit and soul. So it’s should be of no surprise that she would like the whole world to know what she discovered a while back, “That I believe there is hope.” Me too, my friend. Me too.
There are some people who come into your life with little meaning, and then there are the one’s that make you hang on to every word. She is one of the latter. Actress, Writer, Fighter, and Deep Thinker offers us this, “I question the me that could answer this question.” I too question everything, for it's in those queries that we find the answers.
My lover, my best friend, and my entire world wants to share this with all of us, “I am a work in progress, imperfect and okay with it.” Ironically, she married me. So I have to wonder if she wants the world to know that about her or me? Either way, I too am okay with it.
I have cried with her. Laughed with her. And cried with her. And celebrated with her. And laughed and listened and now learn “My Faith will continue to see me thru all of life's challenges.” Sister, there will be more challenges ahead. And I hope to be there for them as they come up. Together we will laugh, and cry, and cry and laugh about it all again.
And finally, this guy. So much to say but could sum him up in one word. Love. He both reluctantly and religiously showed up to church every Sunday, and somewhere along the way he taught me how to speak Wookie, Klingon, and Michigander. He’s an excellent baker and a love maker, but for some reason this teddy bear of a man wants you to know him like this, “I'm a fighter. My motto I have on my arm is ‘Never Quitting. Ever Changing.’ Yes, you are. You are also a friend forever. So don't go changing too much.
My business card used to say "a guy who likes to write stuff" underneath my name. Perhaps now it ought to read "a guy who likes to right stuff." I work hard, and fail just as hard, to find the Divine Light in each and every single person. I try not to judge. I try not to hurt. But when I do, I am quick (or so I hope so) at reconciling the problem. I hate lying because I have a bad memory. So I try to tell the truth. Or I just keep my mouth shut. I love to do all sorts of things but am not proficient in anything. But love. I am a Jesus freak and try to live accordingly.
As you can see I want the world to know me better. Meeting 30 new people in 30 days was a bit of a challenge, but one that came with a great reward. I was constantly surprised at how much strangers can have in common with one another. I encourage you to share your story with others. Or just ask them about theirs. You never know what you'll learn about them. Or about yourself. #KNOWvember
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”