July 24, 2004

the circle widens

Warning: You're in for a little dead-horse-flogging, so if you don't feel like listening to me drone on yet again about connections in the Kingdom then move along friend, move along.

(Deep breath)

OK so the afore-mentioned lunch in Bellingham was with Mark Eaton who is a good friend of Wes' who I was meeting (and almost didn't!) for the first time and that was after last week when we had 3 glorious days with Wes and Judy up at Linwood House and then on Tuesday night at The Whatever Scott Idelette and of course Gabrielle joined us for the first time so during the meal they told me about the significant time they had with Wes and Judy over lunch before they came to our place and as I write this I'm sitting up on Grouse Mountain and I've just finished talking with Wes who was driving out of Eagle, Idaho after spending 2 hours with Eric Keck and Todd Hunter so now he tells me I have to get to the Allelon gathering down there in September.

(Deep Breath)

(Somewhere in the background Elton John is singing The Circle of Life...)

I said to Mark at lunch that, as trite as it may sound, I'm coming to believe that even in the simple act of connecting and exchanging our stories we are helping to build the Kingdom. I can't really explain it, but I believe it.

Wes and I have been talking about a "constellation" model of connections. We are all points of light out there, and as we hook up, we can draw a line between each of us. With each connection the constellation grows and is strengthened. (I think I saw a Star Trek episode like this once.) I've been thinking about this concept visually so much that I've actually decided to try and teach myself Flash so I can try to depict the idea graphically.

Of course, I can't ignore the "connecting" factor of my mission statement; it continues to have a huge influence on my thinking. Not only do I get excited about meeting people, I get just as pumped connecting two other people for the first time. I need a huge white board to plot this conspiracy of connections!

This is what I do.

I'm a connector.

Posted by mike at July 24, 2004 01:35 PM | TrackBack
Comments

lol I feel like saying connect me connect me, like a robot.

It's true, everything happens in relationship. The christian life is a triad of relationships between God, individuals and other people.

It's all in the context of relationships.

A friendly word though, be careful about trying to define it too much beforehand though, as that detracts from what happens when people connect.

Lucy

Posted by: Lucy on July 24, 2004 03:47 PM

i love the constellation metaphore - it's beautiful!

Posted by: bobbie on July 24, 2004 03:52 PM

Great post, what did you say about a dead horse?
I think kingdom rhythms are formed by retelling and rehearsing and remembering and reminding - a lot!

Check out this interesting thought developed by the people at Jacob's Well - http://www.sense-datum.org/tim/pivot/entry.php?id=30

Shalom,

Posted by: Tom Smith on July 24, 2004 10:37 PM

Mike, my friend, you always make me think. The whole points of light, constellation thing--I don't know if that was a Star Trek, but it is a concept in An Acceptable Time by one of my favorite authors, Madeline L'Engle. She talks about drawing lines between people, referencing friendship and love. Very interesting concept.;)

Posted by: Missy on July 30, 2004 10:12 AM
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