A few new things:
1. I See Myself Changing
In a very fundamental yet totally expected way. People have often said of me that I am rather constant. Always the same, always flowing. Which is true I think, but what is also true is that I am never the same as I was the day before. I mean, I am still me and all, but as a person who is continually open to the next thing that I feel is there for me, I cannot remain the same. What I see changing right now is something that hasn't changed in a while, but is all part of this new thing thats been going on with me, or rather, this handful of things that I've been calling "The Last Few Months." But I don't think that name is appropriate anymore. If I was the world it would be called "The Renaissance" or, perhaps more appropriately, "The Industrial Revolution". If I was Latin America I would start referring to God as Che and myself as "The People". If I was a band I would be Rage Against The Machine with special guest Derek Trucks.
These are all appropriate synonyms to something else, but none of them gives the necessary feel that I think I am going for so I'll just say it this way:
I've decided to secede from the Union.
In fact, it was suggested to me, and I went with it.
It's not so much about what I am embracing as it is about what I am rejecting.
2. The River
There's a new church starting here in town and I am in. I hesitate to say that because lately I have gotten really sick of:
"Hey man there is this new church in town that is really relevant and progressive and I really really think you should come. I've been praying about it and God has really put you on my heart and I think you need to consider this new movement. It's totally organic and spirit led and I think it's really going to have an impact for the kingdom."
Saying that to me is exactly the same as if someone were to invite me to Chilli's for chips and queso to talk about synergy. I'm not going.
So that's not what I am saying.
What I am saying is this: They meet in a bar and have good music and real teaching that doesn't seem to be tainted by years of bullshit and church politics. They might fail and they might not. They might last for several years and they might not, but for right now it seems really cool and I am going to go until they screw something up. That's it.
3. The Williamsburg of Arkansas
My brother lives in Brooklyn in the "Hipster" neighborhood of Williamsburg. I have only been there once but I got an idea for the feel of it in a very small way. I don't claim to know anything about it nor do I claim (or strive) to be a "Hipster". I'm not entirely sure what that is anyway. I think it has something to do with A) Wearing cardigans, B) Drinking PBR, C) Loving the Obamas.
Anyway, I live in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock, which I consider to be the Williamsburg of Arkansas and I really like it here. It feels like home now, I have seen businesses come and go, people without kids suddenly have kids, apartments rented, and road work done. Our house is for sale here but we really don't want to leave the neighborhood. I hope we can find a place that is close so we can stay. Everyone needs a group of people to keep themselves in check, to make sure you don't start acting like a jackass and stuff.
I am glad to be here, and alive.