I feel compelled to mention the only negative moment of the whole trip. It happened in the Dallas International Airport at the gate before my last flight home. The gate agent, a woman, didn't like me much I guess. She looked unhappy from a distance and it only became more clear the closer I got. She seemed determined to make me uncomfortable. It had everything to do with my carry-on luggage... which in all was half the size of anybody else's stuff... but amounted to three items. I knew if I responded to her negativity the chances of my leaving on that jet plane would only decrease under her power. I kept my cool and crammed one small bag into another. Smashed my pralines but made her happy. Interesting to me is how her personality and way of being kinda sucked the life out of me after so much goodness. Reminded me... I don't ever want to be that "voice" that person that people remember as the only negative part of an otherwise incredible journey.
I'm attaching a few photos from the convention and Page 1 and 2 of the handout for my session. Below you will also find photos of my time in Dallas with long time friends and an all day school visit at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Denton, TX. Once again... it was so fun to watch God work! The more I seek Him the more I find Him... no matter where I go.
Speaking of which... I've got no time to be tired. Took my clothes in for dry cleaning the day I got back. One week from today, Squirrel and I are off to Massachusetts and Vermont for more adventure! Squirrel looked so great in his cowboy hat and bandana in Texas. What do you think he should wear for the trip back east? I'm drawing a blank... except for maybe a Harvard sweater.
A change in location didn't hurt attendance. It was the perfect room for my session... filled with great people! (Chuck Lee and Kevin Mannix included - (wink))
One of my favorite photos from the Immaculate Conception Catholic School visit!
Nothing like a little My Hearts On Fire to get them movin'!
In response to my experience with the angry gate agent at DFW:
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
New American Standard Bible
I pray for angry, bitter people. Bad day or not... life is too short to rob yourself or others of great joy.