« "Let's eff the ineffable!" | Main | "Anyone who abandons 'what is' for 'what ought to be' learns his ruin rather than his preservation." »

"Never tell me the odds!"


Han Solo, The Empire Strikes Back

Some of the best things I have done in my life I was completely unprepared to do. If I had been told what the obstacles were in advance, I'm not sure I would have ever accepted the challenge.

I remember the first large scale play I ever directed. It was a production of Godspell and I was really unprepared for the reality of directing. But it was a terrific production and probably still one of the most memorable things I've ever done with my time.

Likewise when I started Guru Java Coffee House at the Purdue Wesley Foundation in 1990, I was pretty clueless, but I knew it had to be done. And it was a good thing that brought many people together and provided a stage for many bands. I learned as I went.

And when I became a parent... well, is anyone really prepared for parenthood? I certainly was not.

I think there are things one must do in life not because you are fully prepared, but because you are ready to take the challenge. And when you have a fleet of Star Destroyers bearing down on you, sometimes you just have to take the plunge into the asteroid field. May the Force be with you.

40 for 40, #9

As a side note, in case there was any doubt, Han shot first.

And, as another side note, this is what I got myself for my birthday. It is now sitting proudly in my study at church.



Um, Lars? I just noticed that you referred to the coffeehouse as "Guru Java". But if it's two words, how can anyone ever hope to be the permanent all-time Scrabble winner?

Post a comment