Archive for February 2005

My new job . . . . . . requires me to work with people who have little or no money. In fact, if they have much more than a few bucks to their name, they’re probably not qualified for our services. . . . requires me to work with people who are rejected by society. Some because they have chosen to cope with life’s challenges with the aid of alcohol and drugs. Some because they have an attraction to people of the same gender. Some because they have acted on an attraction to children. All of them have spent time “out of circulation” in jail and/or prison. . . . requires me to work with people who I am uncomfortable being around. Body odor, dirty clothing, intoxicated, manipulative, potentially dangerous. . . . requires me to show respect to, and non-judgementally serve all of the above. Come to think […]

Quick post before I dive into the pile of work I’ve got today. I’m still not carrying my full case load yet, but I’ve got something like 28 clients so far. It’s super busy trying to track these folks down, schedule them for appointments, follow up on housing, probation, and funding issues. I’ve learned very quickly that this job will require some discipline in order to manage the stress. Meeting with the clients so far has been cool. Very interesting folks – some are interesting primarily because of where their own life choices have taken them, and some are interesting because of some serious brain chemistry issues. I was telling Michelle the other day that my theology of angels and demons will be testing and perhaps changed significantly by my work here. I’m absolutely certain that several of the clients I’ve seen would have been characterized in scripture as demon […]

Things are going well for me at the new job. Pretty slow on the work side, just trying to absorb the atmosphere around here. My learning curve will be big. I got my first set of cases this afternoon, so I’ll start working with clients in the next few days. That’ll be when things really get interesting. Tomorrow I’m shadowing a colleague doing a review at a local psychiatric hospital.

Update time . . . Tommorrow morning I open at Starbucks – for the last time. Then I’ll hang up the green apron and walk away. Mixed feelings there. I’m glad for the time I’ve spent working for the company. It’s given me the chance to meet a lot of quality people and drink a lot of free coffee. But I feel good about leaving this behind. I live in the Seattle area now, and it’s time to explore the rest of the coffee world. So, we’ve lived here for a month now. It’s been good. The weather has been all over the place – a little snow, a little rain, but a good lot o’ sunshine. We’ve met some really cool people. Had a lot of kingdom conversations. I’ve met quite a few church planters – in fact, we’re having dinner with one tommorrow night. I’ve had a chance […]