Step Out

We leave for Guatemala in the morning.

This song has been my ear worm for most of this year, from the great film “Walter Mitty.”

I loved it. And I don’t care what you say. The story of a guy overcoming his fears and stepping out into the big world.

I love, love, love the song. And I’m infatuated by this video I found just now…clearly of guy creating his own Mitty-like adventure using the song from the film:

The whole “Walter Mitty” film reminded me of my years doing mission. The butterflies in the stomach when we’d travel to some new, exotic land. The amazing beautiful people and sights we got to see. The synchronistic, or Grace-filled, moments that just “happen” sometimes when  you’re out of your comfort zone.

Nutrition Program at ODIM in Guatemala

I miss not being able to travel as much these days. But it’s a great consolation to be able to go on this trip, and be with The Divine Miss M. I’m hoping she’ll catch some of that adventurous spirit, and will always want to “step out.”

I hope you will too. It’s a big world.

Be sure you get to see it. Stepping out in mission will give you a new view of God, and change you for the better.

There’s a lot of beautiful people, and a lot beautiful people, who have a lot to teach you.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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