Not Much is Gonna Happen if You Just Stay Home

I really just wanted to lie down on Saturday afternoon.

Yet, I had an open window from 2PM, when I dropped off two children at a birthday party, until 5PM when I needed to pick them up.

Drive into the City and meet Culture Monk/Kenneth Justice  who was visiting Philadelphia on his Drinking in the Culture Tour or not? That was the question.

It’s weird, isn’t it? To walk into a coffee house with a 10 and 5 year old at your side to meet a person that you only know through reading his blog? In fact, I wasn’t even sure what he looked like, between the coffee cup and the baseball cap all I could decipher from his profile picture were bright blue eyes. I should just stay home and rest, I thought, meeting this random person has got to be weird.

Thankfully, Weird and me are old buddies. Weird said, if you don’t meet him while you have this chance, you’ll regret it. Weird was right. I would have.

I don’t know what was more intimidating, meeting a person I’ve never met or walking into a coffee house. For non-coffee drinkers like me, I assume the coffee employees are going to spot me right away. “COFFEE HATER!” they’ll point and yell before sliding me out the door.

The good news is, the place was Super busy and I apparently slipped in unnoticed by the Coffee Drinker United police. My girls and I stood by the entrance- not in line, but next to it and I said to C, “I think that might be him.” Deep breath. “Are you Kenneth Justice?” I managed to get out.

And he was.

Shake hands. Introduce myself. Bolt for the door. That was the plan.

But Kenneth immediately pulled up chairs and engaged us in conversation. Warmest person in the world.

In more crazy news, Kenneth chose to shared the story of our meeting on his blog The Culture Monk today. Find it here. It’s strange to be the one written about and not the one writing.

Kenneth is a story-teller of other people’s stories. He’s a conversation initiator and obviously a lover of humanity. What a great job you have Kenneth. You are blessed.

I’m so glad I didn’t stay home and nap.

Oh, and FYI – I know the answer to the question Kenneth posed in his article:

Whatever is attributed as good, or noble or admirable in me is always and ONLY the work of Christ in my life.



The sweet girls eating their promised frozen yogurt and watching a street juggler. Glad we didn’t stay home.

12 thoughts on “Not Much is Gonna Happen if You Just Stay Home

    • Awwww, thank you that makes me happy. It’s something I have to remind myself of every day. It’s just so easy to not push myself. But I’m always so happy when I do. 🙂


  1. I enjoyed reading Kenneth’s blog about you. Looking forward to your posts. And yes, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to recognize him either. Glad you decided to visit after all.


  2. I loved his post and love that you wrote your side of it as well. I also love how you answered the question at the end. I was thinking of posting the answer for you but this is SO MUCH better!


  3. The COFFEE HATER! part absolutely cracked me up…I don’t drink coffee either, and so I’m the one in Starbucks saying…”Umm, a hot chocolate…the medium size?” ;-D


  4. What an awesome experience, and yes intimidating meeting. I read culture monk’s article…you most definitely possessed that inner peace, salt and light that believers are to carry…without trying to seem religious. Well done. Your testimony is so admirable, though I am sure there are days you don’t feel that way. We all could use some good old fashioned compliments and encouragement from time to time. And you deserve it.


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