Grady and I, along with 30 college age students from our church, are headed to Atlanta for a week of all-out worshiping, learning, growing, laughing, and bonding.
Sleeping? Maybe four hours a night, if we're lucky. Eating? If we feel like waiting in line for over an hour for a burger. Singing? At the top of our lungs with hands that are red from so much clapping. Praying? With intensity and fervor and tears. Learning? Till our minds are ready to explode and our notebooks can't hold anything else.
Here's a glimpse of what the Passion Conferences are all about:
"At the heart of it all, Passion exists to see a generation stake their lives on what matters most. For us, that's the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to fully leverage our lives by amplifying His name in everything we do.
"Given the fact that the university landscape changes every fall with a rush of new freshman faces, our mission at Passion is to continue to engage the 'university moment,' with the compelling message of Jesus and the story He is writing around the globe.
"To that end, Passion 2012 is more than just another event, it's a beautiful part of a movement that's about finding true meaning as we take our place in a story so much bigger than ourselves. It's about trading small dreams for a grand epic that is shaping history and has no end. And it's about a rare chance for tens of thousands of university-aged young people to gather in celebration of their common faith purpose.
"In years past we have hosted multiple venues at our Atlanta gathering, but in 2012 we are moving across the street into the Georgia Dome, a larger venue we are setting at half-house so we can all see each other's faces in one shared space.
"Passion 2012 will be a unique gathering, one that most likely will not be repeated in 2013. We want you to be there… and we are inviting you to join the movement for His renown!"
No blog updates for the next several days. I suppose I could post some short blips using my phone, since there will be a lot of time standing in line... for food, for bathrooms, for seats, and for elevators. I can't wait to share pics and stories of how God moves among 30 thousand college age kids this week.