A few years back, during a family gathering, a father was questioning his eleven-year-old son about the son’s behavior on a team trip. Apparently, the kids stayed up making late night runs to the vending and ice machines throughout the night. Initially the son was attempting to articulate valid reasons WHY he would be running in a hotel hallway (at age eleven), but eventually he could only state a description: “Dad, it was a wild weekend!”
Game. Set. Match.
Although the father, nor any adult bystanders cracked a smile or laughed aloud, we ALL understood immediately. We’ve all jumped on a bed, chewed gum in class, eaten ice cream after ten, or even (gasp!) ran down a hotel hallway. I remember being proud of the father, for remembering the thrill of adventure, autonomy, and new experiences all rolled into one and recognizing that THAT is what his son was communicating.
On March 16, 2016, UCDI hit the publish button on our website (including the blog you are now reading) and I was so excited! We were going live! If I had an image to describe it, it would be like a store owner switching on the OPEN sign and standing behind the counter barely containing himself while waiting for the millions of hungry customers to rush in with mirrored excitement. A year later; I am still excited, and grateful. My “why” is still my why, and I am absolutely amazed at the things that have happened since we hit that go live button. Here a are few:
Of course, there were some moments that I was completely overwhelmed, too excited to be any good at the actual work, and very naïve regarding the competitive nature of humanity. I published YouTube videos that were not as polished as some desired, I was more transparent in blogs than some considered wise, and there were a few times that I, too, stood in front of my Father trying to articulate valid reasons. Anxiously trying to validate me running down hallways- when I should be resting, making noise- when it was time for silence, or following- when I knew I was called to lead.
There really were none, other than my wide-eyed excitement and the belief that anything is possible. But before Him I stood. And every time the anxiety and searching for reasons melted into peace, focus, and contentment.
I’m glad He is so gracious.
It’s been a wild weekend! Only in this case, weekend means year. :)
Love, La Sharyn