Random Thoughts/Anecdotes on a Slow Day

February 13, 2009 — 3 Comments

Here are some random thoughts and anecdotes for Friday:

  1. GTB decided to go on sleep strike last night.  He literally cried for five straight hours, and we have no idea why.  He finally fell asleep at about 5 am, then woke up at 8 ready to go for the day.  Weird.
  2. I’ve been thinking about forgiveness as I’m reading the first few chapters of This Momentary Marriage by John Piper.  I’m convicted that I don’t often allow my forgiveness to be gospel-driven forgiveness, but it’s more of a dismissal and forgetfulness.  More to come here…
  3. Twitter is a useful tool to connect with people, but it’s hard to manage when you start following a ton of people.  To add to your insanity, you can follow me here.
  4. We hung out this morning at Kenny’s Coffee in our neighborhood, and there were a gaggle of moms there (and one dad too!).  Neighborhood coffee joints are the place to connect with folks in suburbia, for sure.
  5. Sabbath rest restores your soul.
  6. I had forgotten what a normal week felt like.  We only had two commitments during the nights of the week, and my days were balanced with only a few meetings and ample time to work.
  7. College students in general are thirsty for adult investment and leadership.  They earnestly desire discipleship and mentorship, and will do things you never expect just to be around some adults.  They serve harder than anyone in our body too.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Enjoy.

Todd Engstrom

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Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth. God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

3 responses to Random Thoughts/Anecdotes on a Slow Day

  1. awesome post man. I love the picture.

  2. “and will do things you never expect just to be around some adults” can you give some examples? for encouragement

  3. Chris,

    They’ll drive for 30 minutes just to hang out for an hour, and then head back to campus. They’ll come do yardwork with me…they’ll help my wife with housework. They’ll offer to babysit for free so you can have a night out, and then hang out afterward. They’ll volunteer at the office…I could go on :).

    Basically, if you show some interest, many students are more than willing to go out of their way to spend time with an adult who will shepherd and challenge them.

    Let me know if you want to connect with a few 🙂

    Grace,
    Todd

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