be the bridge

Word for 2016

I've never done this before, but why not.  It's fun, and I've enjoyed seeing all my friends post their words for the year on their Instagrams & Facebook posts.  Here's mine:


This past month I've been obsessing about Alexander Hamilton.  I've been listening to the Hamilton Broadway Musical non-stop, and I've been reading Hamilton's biography by Ron Chernow.

I admire Hamilton spunk, his tenacity.  A few of the songs in the musical say "Why do write like you're running out of time?"  Reading his biography, it is true.  He produced volumes of writing at a fiendish pace.  I'm envious of this quality about him, but I'm more envious of a quality that is diametrically opposite of my character.  Hamilton had a quarrelsome and combative slant.  I'm quiet, sometimes to my detriment.  I want to be bolder.  What is the word for the quality I wish I had.  Look at the first word when Hamilton's wife Eliza describes him.

Ardent - 


  1. enthusiastic or passionate.

    "an ardent baseball fan"

    synonyms: passionate, fervent, zealous, fervid, wholehearted, vehement, intense,fierce, fiery; 


So that's my word for this year.  I see this applying to two areas in my life this year.

1.  Ardent Christ follower

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
— Romans 12:11 ESV

2.  Ardent Bridge Builder

     ~ardently advocating racial unity

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
— Ephesians 2:14-22 ESV

I am inspired by Hamilton's advocacy as an abolitionist.  I am inspired by the work of Latasha Morrison.

The church is suffering because of lack of racial unity.  My city is suffering because of lack of racial unity.  I want to ardently build a community of people in Amarillo, Texas that have the goal to see healthy dialogue around the topic of race.  This is important work.  There is no better time than now, and I'm not throwing away my shot.

As we gather in Amarillo for IF:Amarillo in February, we will be kicking off monthly Be the Bridge meetings.  I will be helping lead these meetings using a Christian study that Latasha Morrision wrote.

That's my word.



I also blogged on our adoption journey blog today. I might have mentioned Hamilton on that blog too. Help! I Have a problem! Here's the link:

Join me in my crazy obsession with Hamilton.  Listen to the first song, and you'll be hooked.  Just a warning, there are quite a few songs that are explicit.  You might want to listen without kiddos in the room.