On February 3 I became the Director of Collegiate Communications for The Navigators. The collegiate mission has had communication specialists in the past, but this particular position is brand new. One of the things I love about this role is that I’ve been tasked with coming up with the vision for the Campus Navs website and its accompanying social media presence. The Campus Navs website is the national-level online home for The Navigators collegiate mission. I was recently asked by a Nav field staff to detail some of my ideas and hopes for this online presence. Today I would like to share some of my response to him with you.
Welcome back to Volume 2, Episode 2 of The Monday Monologue Podcast. In today’s episode I talk about the impact of consumerism on my faith and my relationships.
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After a ten-month hiatus I’m bringing back The Monday Monologue Podcast. In this episode I relay to you a personal and professional update on my life. Specifically, I’ll talk about getting married and starting a small business.
I realized after recording that I wasn’t very clear when I was talking about Kathy’s thoughts on where I might take her on our honeymoon. She didn’t think I’d take her to a beach because I’m not very fond of it. She loves the beach. Just wanted to clear that up. I’d hate for you to think I took her someplace that I knew she wouldn’t like.
Links from this episode:
- The last episode I recorded in what will now be known as Volume 1 was titled Measuring Success.
- Our wedding photographer has posted a handful of the photos she took from our wedding on her blog.
- We went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on our honeymoon.
- My small business is Ledwith Web Solutions, LLC. (Ironically the website for the business is still pretty bare. I’m working on it.)
- Here’s the tweet I sent out that announced that I’d formed a small business. Side note: If you’re curious how I managed to locate that tweet so easily I used an iPhone/iPad app called Tweet Library.
I think what I love most about this video is I really don’t know any of these students. That sounds weird, but hear me out. That simple fact helps show that discipleship works. I didn’t directly influence any of these students (short of maybe a Nav Night message once or twice) but they’ve been trained up by students who my peers and I did impact. That’s exciting to me.
Thanks to Nastasia Humphries for creating another stellar video for the ministry.
My fiancee Kathy has had such an amazing vision for our wedding down to the smallest detail. Take for example these wax seals on our wedding invitations. They add a memorable touch of class to this part of our big day.
When she took them to the post office Kathy asked if she could cancel the stamps by hand so the wax seals wouldn’t be wrecked by the letter sorting machines. That was quite a task!
Here’s one word of warning to those who might like this idea. It turns out it costs an extra $0.20 in postage per invitation when you include a wax seal. I’m not sure if knowing that ahead of time would have changed our minds about adding them, but it did take an unexpected bite out of the margin we’ve tried to leave ourselves in wedding our budget.
On April 29 the first episode of the new Harvest Film Series was unveiled on harvestseries.tv. The film features Dave Wirgau teaching out of Isaiah 55 on the power of discipleship. It was made by the talented filmmakers at Frame, a Tallahassee-based production company headed up by my friends Bryan Zhang and Patrick Gines, graduates of the prestigious FSU Film School.
I want to tell you the full story behind the project by answering some of the most common questions I’ve been asked.
Today is my birthday. I am turning 29 years old and, for once, I feel every bit my age. Maybe it’s because I’m no longer ministering on a college campus to students who are several years younger than me. Maybe it’s because earlier today I had to put Icy Hot on my neck to alleviate pain that I presume was caused by all the strenuous sleeping I’ve been doing. Or maybe it’s all in my head. Like I said two years ago my dad has a theory that you feel older on odd number birthdays. Maybe he’s right.
As I reflect on the previous year I can’t help but begin by observing how faithful God has been. Perhaps you recall the passage of scripture I sensed He was laying on my heart when I wrote last year’s birthday essay. It was Luke 13:6-9, which reads as follows.
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Towards the end of 2011 my feelings were telling me to run away, to reboot my life in a new place with new people. I was persuaded by this passage to hang in there, but to make dramatic changes. But here’s the thing. The passage doesn’t say whether the efforts taken by the vinedresser yielded any fruit on the fig tree. Likewise, I couldn’t convince myself that this passage was somehow God winking at me, that everything would fall into place in short order if only I would add this and quit that. It was more a call to humility and obedience than anything else. God was saying, “Will you trust me? Even after everything you’ve just been through, will you trust me?”