Can I just say, I’m not a note-taker. I tried. For years and years I tried. You go to a meeting and everyone pulls out their fancy portfolios and planners and clicks their pens and starts scribbling madly…
But I’m not a good note-taker. I’m an audio-focused learner, so I’m much better at really focusing on listening and processing and not multi-tasking. I bet you didn’t realize that note-taking was multi-tasking, did you? Yes, it is. And a lot of people aren’t good at listening, conversing, and note-taking–which is why there’s dedicated secretaries in important meetings. Or there’s these long, awkward pauses in meetings for the note-takers to catch up.
Technically, I’ve given up note-taking. Sure, I open my fancy portfolio (which was a precious college graduation gift from my parents) and click my pen…but then I just sit there and listen–intently! And I’ll jot down a phrase here or there that really catches my busy mind. (And I have learned to always make sure and write down any action item assignments!) But mostly I just stop for 15 minutes after the meeting and jot down anything I thought was particularly valuable. If I’m focusing, I usually remember most everything with just a few notes for prompts. (Besides, I found that if I was scribbling too fast in the meeting, I couldn’t read them afterwards anyway.)
So how surprised was I to come home from Titus 2:1 with more than 20 pages of notes!!
And I’ve been keeping my notebook with me and scribbling more as more thoughts, more ideas, more insights evolve while I mull the whole weekend over. I wanted to share some of them with you…some of the sweet nuggets…some of the hard truths…some of the ideas that jumped out for me.
I’m sorry I don’t have these thoughts credited to the wonderful speakers we had, but I’m just not that good of a note-taker. Without reservation, I would recommend that you listen to or read from any and all of them if you ever have the chance. There wasn’t a single session I attended that didn’t earn at least two pages of my scribble-scrabble writing–and from me, that’s really something.
- Comparison is the death of contentment.
- Where are you on the boat?
- Live a marriage worth defending!
- Truth matters more than math. Homeschooling is not the answer–Jesus is!
- Numbers do not equal reach, reach does not equal community. A small community can be better than a large audience.
- Don’t wait for someone to choose you, choose yourself first.
- God’s word promises that His yoke is light–if it starts to feel heavy it’s not God’s yoke.
- Your marriage is the primary relationship in your home. Satan targets Mom and Dad to clear the way for access to your children.
- We are raising mighty arrows to shoot out into the world–not boomerangs. A little tension before release is fine, but you have to let them go!
- With the current definition of happiness, society has set the bar so low it’s sitting on the ground!
- This is about changing the world for God’s glory.
- Be intentional about your days–be busy with the Father’s work.
- Discipleship is our first priority in the home/homeschool–academics is our second.
- Children need down time to chase the glory of God.