Strap on the bungie cord, but wait to jump

I recently picked up the book Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction. The cover is a person in a midflight bungee jump. I didn’t make it far into the pages; the content wasn’t worth wading through the author’s snarky disdain of Boomers. But the cover stuck with me. The picture accurately represents the way Generation X (now age 29 to 49) does business. We are innovative and entrepreneurial. We like to take risks — which can be good, because in the economy that we landed in, risks are often in order.

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One thought on “Strap on the bungie cord, but wait to jump

  1. Carol,

    Your paragraph about spending $600K on the pipe organ while cutting funding to the soup kitchen resonated with me (Boomer-type). I was a part-time music director in a NOVA PCUSA congregation in the late 90s. You guessed it: The church wanted to raise a considerable sum of money to refurbish the pipe organ I played every Sunday. I was essentially fired (asked to resign) when I dared to recommend that there was so much need in our community where the money could be better spent.

    Roll the clock ahead to Saturday, June 18, 2011. We have been attending a church near Frederick MD since my last Sunday in the PCUSA congregation. We were one of 51 churches who sent volunteers to the Convoy of Hope at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. My wife and I worked in the shoe tent, where we offered to wash the feet of the guests. It wasn’t about us. it was about the Body coming together to be His hands & feet.

    From the COH Facebeek page, here were the results:

    “Check out these phenomenal numbers:

    THE PEOPLE:

    5,036 guests (There was no means test or sponsorship. People just showed up.)
    1856 volunteers (normally, they get about 1000 voounteers)
    4,784 people prayed over
    144 people who accepted Jesus as their Savior
    51 different churches united together
    249 different community and government agencies united together

    THE STUFF GIVEN AWAY:

    439 portraits (equaling 1,170 people photographed)
    1,200 pairs of shoes
    1,000 fully stocked backpacks
    18,000 bags of groceries
    8000 meals served
    475 haircuts + 400 coupons for future haircuts
    140 dental screenings
    $3,000 worth of dental supplies
    $35,000 worth of dental care follow ups
    120 people are set up with job interviews for Metro
    WFMD donated airtime to advertise for Metro jobs
    $60,000 worth of health and beauty care supplies”

    Here are links to 2 short YouTube videos people put together after the event:

    Carol, I believe we need to pray unceasingly that God would make us relevant.

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