So I had an idea the other day. I haven’t shared this with my wife yet because, like many of the ideas I have had in the past, she knows in her heart that this idea will fizzle like the rest of the ideas I have ever had. No, I don’t need to ask her if she feels this way. She has cause to based on my past. That said, let’s move on…
A few months ago we decided as a married couple that we would start a life group. A life group is essentially a bible study that acts as a sort of extension of the church. It is not church as most know it, and it is not just a bible study as many know it. It is a branching of the church into the homes of those in the church in an effort to reach out, minister to and love on the unchurched. These have also, in the past, been known as cell groups and home groups.
Well, we decided that now is the time for us to ramp up to hosting one. We set our start month as January of 2007. We attended the first meeting of the church to those that feel led to do this. And we bought journals to begin our journaling process.
Sidebar: One of the things that is strongly encouraged (not required, but encouraged) is using the Life Journaling techniques developed (I believe) by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro. The journaling process walks you through the Bible in a year if you read the selected devotionals every day. In fact, it takes you through the old testament once and the new testament twice. It is a great resource and it is used as by our Pastors as a teaching tool to the leaders of the life groups.
So as I was journaling the other day I thought to myself “Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to have access to my journal no matter where I am?” And then it hit me (like many other ideas I have had) that I could built an online Life Journal for myself. Then it quickly hit me again…if I can do it for me I can do it for others.
So I decided that I am going to do it. I have already begun the DB architecture of it. I will be working on integrating the codebase into Padlock. And I should have something usable fairly soon. And rest assured, when I do I will link to it from here.
And I will tell my wife that it is ok is she wants to kiss me for finishing something.