Obituaries, a six word story and a baseball

We wrapped up the Crossings staff retreat today by writing and sharing our personal obituaries. I know that may sound a bit morbid, but it is a great exercise to help gain a realistic perspective of ones abilities and limitations. We did this in response to a quote from the movie, “The Kingdom.”

FBI Director James Grace: You know, Westmoreland made all of us officers write our own obituaries during Tet, when we thought The Cong were gonna end it all right there. And, once we clued into the fact that life is finite, the thought of losing it didn’t scare us anymore. The end comes no matter what, the only thing that matters is how do you wanna go out, on your feet or on your knees? I bring that lesson to this job. I act, knowing that someday this job will end, no matter what. You should do the same.

After sharing our last words we developed a six word story that gives a sense of what is ahead for the coming year of shared ministry for the Crossings community:

I shared about Buck O’Neil’s perspective of Independent League baseball players and his referring to some as “lifers.” I then shaped the idea of “lifers” for the Crossings team and my hope that they would all be faithful going forward irregardless of situations and circumstances. To commemorate the retreat we all signed a baseball that the staff will keep for a future reminder of all that shared.




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