I am sitting back stage of Shryock Theater in Carbondale IL. It has been a long, awesome summer. I’m tired. This ministry is crazy awesome. I do love it very much. Jen and the boys have been with me all summer up until these last three weeks. I have seen them every four to five days. I packed up my rather elaborate backstage tea/guitar/home away from home station. I have this really cool guitar case that holds both my Gibson and Gretch. It is covered with pics of my family. I’m ready to drive to Indy, load them up and go back to Joplin MO. It is quiet backstage. None of the kids have come in yet and the staff is at dinner. It is quiet. FR has had the honor to see 9000 students this year in worship. For twenty two years Jen and I have attended our home camp in Colorado. This was our first time to miss it. It was difficult. We met there. We both have generations of family we see there every year. I don’t regret my decision to not go because it was personally time for me to simply do less. You know, become more specific so you can become more dynamic. Our family has been in Joplin for 5 years now with this incredible ministry of Christ In Youth. I love the men and women I work with. We love our church. I am ready to go back home and enjoy civilian life for the fall. I’ve already packed up my room. When we play our last song tonight I will be in a car about 4 minutes afterward. In about 30 minutes this facility will fill with 1100 students completely pumped. I’m ready to finish strong. I can definitely say that this summer I left it all on the field. The “Mystery” tour might have been the best CIY summer conference I have ever seen. If you were there with us then thank you for the time we spent together worshiping. If you were at NYR then my prayers and thoughts were with all of you this past week. I can’t wait to see everybody this fall on the Believe “Jesus” tour! See you next at Summer conference . . .
Peace . . .