In two weeks the Monday Memo turns ten years old! I can still remember writing to those first few subscribers, using my Microsoft Outlook until I had 18,000 names and my Outlook crashed. It was then that I transitioned to the current format, but those early years were great fun - and a tremendous learning opportunity.
Now I plan on taking a few weeks off and I want to hear from you! That's right, it's your turn and I want to read something you send me. Here are the three things to which I would like you to take time to respond.
1. I need your stories. I would like to gather testimonies of what the Monday Memo has done for you. This can include lessons learned or purpose found through the regular teaching included in the Memo.
2. I need your definition of purpose. I am finishing up my project for my Doctor of Ministry and my advisor recommended I have a stronger definition of purpose. I have a lot of statements about purpose, but I would like to put together something fresh with some punch. I want and need you to help me do that this coming week.
3. I need money for my anniversary. No, it's not for me, it's for my work in Kenya. If you missed my post a few weeks ago entitled "I Want Money for My Anniversary," you can read it here. I don't care if you only send $1, send something to help the children. You can read the latest updates I wrote yesterday about Kenya here as well. Once you do, I know you will give and give generously.
You can email me your stories and definitions at firstname.lastname@example.org, but the best option is to post your responses on the site where this entry is posted, so people around the world can read what you wrote. If you email me, I will probably turn around and post your comments anyway, so you may as well do it yourself right up front.
So there you have it -- you have an assignment or two to finish this week. I look forward to hearing from you as we all celebrate the fact that God has used this very simple tool called the Monday Memo to touch thousands of people around the world. I look forward to reading what you have to say! Have a great week.(Excuse all the colors but I thought I would try to make the Memo a bit more festive to celebrate.)
COMING TO KENYA: I will be facilitating another seminar for The Pacific Institute in Kenya on March 8-10. I had a seminary professor who was fond of saying, "Sell your shoes and buy books." It was his way of emphasizing the importance of reading. If I can borrow his saying and change it a bit, I would say to you in Kenya, "Sell your shoes and come to my training." It is not free or cheap, but it is the best personal development training I have ever come across. If you are interested, drop me an email and I will forward it to the local coordinators. See you in Kenya on March 8!