Happy Lexicon Thursday! I don't know about you, but celebrating Easter this year has been particularly interesting. Easter is both a time of mourning alone and celebrating together. I'm interested in how others celebrated. What you hid in your Easter eggs. If you woke with renewed hope. How you plead to God in this crazy season of broken change. How about you? Are you interested? Here's a peek into the next chapter of my forthcoming book on words: A Lexicon of Awesome.
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I first heard this idea that interested makes interesting from a pastor in southern Ohio. I brushed it off at first, defensive I think, the overflow of a low self-confidence. But in practice? Yeah, it seems right on the money. There’s something about spending time with someone who is genuinely interested in our opinions, ideas, vocation, family or faith that tends to foster a deeper and more meaningful connect. We feel safe and liked and worthwhile, reminded that we have something to offer the world.
When Brooke asked me a million questions about my family and my dreams and my journey with Christ, well, I went home convinced that she was the most interesting woman on the planet. Interesting because she fostered a volley of curious questions and intimate answers. Interesting because she cared, if only to build a bridge for the moment. Interesting because she invested in me.
Brooke’s lifelong investment in her own faith built a bridge of genuine curiosity to mine. Her parents' investment in her personal growth years before we met fostered a confidence in her own journey and a divine interest in me. Her investments not only drew me in, but they set us up for an ongoing relationship overflowing with curious kids, a patchwork faith, and a unique bandera.
Keep an eye out for A Lexicon of Awesome: healthy words for a healthier life in early summer of 2020.