ACS is over. I was in bed today until 1, and I'm still pretty tired. But a good kind of tired. A very good kind of tired.
It's amazing to see God at work so obviously as He was this week; not just in the lives of those kids, but in mine as well. I'm more certain about the things I need to do with myself, and don't think that the setting I was in when I became that way was a coincidence.
Anyway, some other highlights:
- Taylor, Breezy, and Epiphany. I don't know that I've ever been more proud of three people in such unique ways. Taylor for his leadership, Breezy for her hard work, and Epiphany for living up to every bit of potential I saw in her a year ago.
- Jimmy, David, Justin, Ryan, and Zack. These are my brothers. Zack actually is my brother, but you know what I mean. Any chance I have to spend a week with these guys is worth all the missed improv in the world.
- Tuesday night, the results of. Our speaker was Timothy Tyson, author of Blood Done Sign My Name. During his talk, he hit on some of his thoughts about, among other things, the war in Iraq and homosexuality. The subjects themselves and the fact that Tim clearly didn't expect anyone in a gathering of youth to disagree with his points quickly divided the kids, and resulted in some - let's call it "spirited" - dialogue during the Q&A portion of the evening. But these kids rebounded from it and, I think, developed an appreciation for hearing different opinions than theirs. Both sides. Those kids never cease to amaze me.
- I started looking for Julie's approval when she staffed Breakaway while I was in middle school. I don't know that I'll ever stop. And it's always one of the better feelings in the world to actually get it.
Pictures coming soon...