Goodbye Paris


I was in the Paris newspaper (the Texas one) on Friday. I can’t get over how silly that is. Look at my dumb face trying to pass as “newsworthy.”

My long weekend is coming to a close. I knew it was going to be exhausting when it started (that’s why I already planned out my Sabbath) but I didn’t know it would be like this.

Isaac, who has traveled with me before, came to help out on this trip, and I'm so grateful he did. I don't know what would have happened to my brain if I had been here alone.

Tonight after the last service I spoke in, we bought a $5 basketball from Wal-Mart and played Around the World at the basketball hoops next to the Texas Eifel Tower (it's smaller in person). For most of the weekend if we weren't at church, we were eating, and if we weren't eating, we were sleeping. We needed to do something different.

Basketball was Isaac's idea. I feel like that's obvious. Sports is never my idea. I'm terrible at anything athletic. When I shoot a basketball I look like a toddler trying to catch a butterfly.

It's all over now.

I am so thankful for Kent Kirby, the youth pastor who thought to bring me in for this weekend. He used a lot of the ideas I give in my COMEDY OUTREACH EVENT info packet and I think they worked well for him. That's exciting.

Now I have to finish getting ready for camps.

And then it's Sabbath time, baby!

Planning my Sabbath


I’m speaking 6 times over the next 3 days in Paris, TX.

2 school assemblies

a leadership training on confession

an outreach event

Sunday morning service

and a high school senior banquet

This weekend is going to be really great but also REALLY EXHAUSTING. I’m an introvert so in order to “recharge” I need time alone and after this much time performing I’m going to need a lot of recharging.

I’m already planning out my sabbath for next week.


“Sabbath is a day when you act like the work is done, even if it isn’t.

Sabbath is when you spend a day remembering that efficiency and production are not God’s highest goals for your life. Joy is.”


I LOVE this explanation.

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in how much content (I hate that term) I’m creating and how many dates I have booked on my calendar. It can become my worth, my identity, my ultimate goal in life.

I know there’s going to be a real temptation after this weekend with an insane schedule to push through, hustle (I hate that term too), keep going, don’t sleep, and crank it out (even worse term).

But God says “rest.”

Next Wednesday I’m doing absolutely nothing. I’m going to sit around. I might read. I might go to the movies. I might play videos games all day. WHO KNOWS?! But I won’t check e-mail or post on Twitter or make any phone calls.

That’s the plan.

Oh, and the really great Sabbath quote from early? It’s from Rob Bell’s book How to be Here. I finished reading it last night. Is it the best book ever written? No. But there were definitely a few lines worth underlining. Like that one.

I know how some people feel about Bell so I wanted you to enjoy the quote before you found it was his. If I started with “Rob Bell says…” I know a few of you would have gotten defensive and screamed “WELL THIS OUGHT TO BE GOOD.”