I am so thankful to still have close relationships with friends that I spent my childhood growing up with in Louisiana. We spent this past weekend catching up in Nashville talking about everything from the time Jay Deville’s dog followed him, snuck in and ran around our elementary school – to parenting, marriage, and whether or not we could pull off a pair of culotte pants. These are the kind of friends that help you make decisions in life and also in Anthropologie!
Sunday, as our trip came to a close and I was waiting on my flight in the Nashville airport I noticed that I was in the same place at the same time as one of my favorite authors.
I was doing a quick Facebook scroll to see what everyone was up to when I noticed that he was flying Southwest and I was flying American out of the same terminal. I had to meet him.
I have been quietly following Jon’s work since he began the blog Stuff Christians Like. This is where Jon gives great and humorous advice like how to know which meals to pray before and increases your knowledge on subjects such as understanding how metrosexual your worship leader is.
Not only does Jon make me laugh, he speaks truth into my life. So often, when I am discouraged I will come across a twitter or facebook post that encourages me to “just be brave.” It is like I have my very own motivational speaker that I get to carry around in my pocket!
I had no idea where Jon was flying and how much longer he would be at the airport but I left my gate and made my way through the terminal until I saw him. I introduced myself and said “Thank you.” I thanked him for his work and his writing and told him that it inspired me. At least I think I said all of that – I was nervous and awkward and unable to answer simple questions like “What is the release date of your book?” but I knew that I may never have the opportunity to thank him in person ever again and I had to seize that moment God had given me.
Jon’s latest book, Do Over, is a New York Times Bestseller and is filled with amazing advice for your career and life. In a nutshell I would say that it will encourage you to “cross the threshold between dreaming and doing” (Do Over, page 94). This is a book that I will use and reference again and again. It came at the perfect time for me as I had just spent seven years church planting in the Pacific Northwest and was (and still am) trying to discern God’s call to a new thing.
I have to share with you one more reason I admire Jon. Not only is he is a husband, father, speaker and author, he is kind and genuine and he is using his influence to help others. Just click this link to learn about Thistle Farms, the amazing non-profit he is partnering with to help women who have been victims of addiction and sex trafficking.
Could you help light the way home?
I started my Christmas shopping today by buying some candles.