Tonight I had one thought on my mind. It came in the form of a Twitter post that I favorited from January 4th, 2012.
Throughout the weekend, I spent a few hours in my office (also known as the desk next to my bed, not as cool as Tom Sawyer Island) wondering what comes next. Fully content in the present, I’m not seeking out anymore than I would typically look, I’m simply open to opportunity, no matter the longevity. But a friend and frequent encourager asked me what I was working on… beyond occupation or jobs. It was more about what my heart desires. My answer?
“I want to travel the world, connecting with people through the arts”.
I haven’t exactly figured out what that phrase means in it’s full potential, but I’ve got swarms of ideas. Many of these ideas take a big loop and end up back in the notebooks of brainstorms, innovation hours (the daily rhythm I developed in my last job), and late-night sketches from the past 5 years. In a daily battle of contentment without settlement, I crave like-minded people that seek out this “unbelievable” element of living that often lingers around us but fails to fall into our palms as easily as we wish. It’s a daily pursuit that ranges from an irrational evening plan to an idea that could change the world. I’ve received plenty of encouragement, but struggle to find the collective community of people that say, “let’s be unbelievable”. I think this is why I miss college as much as I do. Living with 5 of my best friends, next door to 6 more of them, and within a quarter of a mile from hundreds of people who share my passions seemed to make “doing” easy. Our freshman year lingo turned into a personal lifelong challenge: live the dream. On 2/13, I celebrate the B213 community (neighbors and friends included) and all of the challenges that were accepted to be unbelievable.
My time Uganda changed my life. The feeling that I would soon be back was one of the hardest heart-tugs that I’ve ever felt. The morning that I felt the Lord’s presence stronger than any other day of my life was the same morning that I heard, “you’re willing Nathan. I need that. Onward” followed by a strong sense that I wasn’t heading back to Uganda right away. Confusing, right? As odd as it seems, I’ve never felt more clarification than those moments.
Calling all leaders, followers, fans, and friends: Our Creator is the most dynamic, extraordinary, and unbelievable creator of them all. We were designed to create together. Enabled by the Spirit, we are called to be awesome together. How great is that? Let’s do it. I know you’re capable. But WE can be amazing.