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Read this great quote by Richard Rohr the other day:
How you get there determines where you arrive and what you arrive as.
I could apply this to so many areas of my life right now….but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think about it through the very practical lenses of the journey my family is taking to Thailand next week.
20 hour flight + 3 kids + layover + jet lag + trying to disconnect my brain from my regular pace of work and life = CRAZINESS. There’s no way around it. And unfortunately, I know my tendencies all too well – especially when it involves slowing down and transitioning into a slower pace. Been there, done that….and quite often, not very well.
So I’m making some internal, up-front decisions about how I’m going to handle the crazy parts of the journey. And I’m determined to be intentional about making the “how you get there” part as great of an experience as I can for everyone – or at the very least, contribute towards it in a positive way – instead of a way that will only add to the tension, frustration, and craziness that the journey will inevitably bring. I have to….because Rohr’s right – the “where we arrive” and the “what we arrive as” parts depend on it.
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
In less than two weeks my family and I will be boarding a plane and heading to the other side of the world for a six-week excursion through the beautiful country of Thailand! This will be my third visit there and my family’s first. As you can imagine, we’re all very excited and looking forward to all of the crazy and unique experiences I’ll look forward to sharing with you about!
As of right now, our plan is to spend time wandering the urban concrete jungle, Bangkok (population approx 10 million), soaking in the beauty of Koh Samui and the surrounding islands down south in the Gulf of Thailand, and experiencing the rich Thai culture of Chiang Mai up north. We’re going to get it all – CITY, BEACH, JUNGLE. And while we do have a plan, we’re also holding onto it lightly and with a ton of flexibility so that we can move fluidly and quickly wherever and whenever we decide. I’m also looking forward to seeing and hanging out with a handful of friends while we’re there (and making a few new ones)!
We are so thankful for our staff, board, leaders, church community, and friends who have all been incredibly supportive and excited with us! My sense is that the time we’re away for is going to be a significant time for The Orchard as well. Our team is strong, engaged, excited, and will continue to lead with excellence while we’re away. They’re also preparing to launch a great follow up series to YOU 2.0 that I believe is going to be incredibly relevant and challenging for our entire tribe! I can’t wait to hear what God does while we’re away!
While I’m not totally sure what our Internet situation will be throughout the trip (should be pretty good), I do hope to share some of our experiences with you via Twitter (which feeds to my Facebook page), Instagram, and here on my blog. You can also sign up to receive all of my blog updates via email by entering your email in the box at the top right of this page.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and love! I’m looking forward to a couple more weekends together with our Orchard tribe before we leave. Our departure date is May 22nd and we’ll be returning the first week of July.