As The Orange Conference is growing closer and closer, the Orange staff is moving faster and faster. Everyone’s goal is to get everything done, and done amazingly well by the conference. I lead the MarriedPeople team and we are no different. Our goal is to have a year’s worth of brand new content by OC13. One of our biggest projects is creating 12 funny videos that churches can show at larger gatherings like weekend worship services or one-night events. Yes, I meant to type 12. Some of the scenes of the funny videos were shot at our home. On the day they shot at our home, our cul-de-sac and my drive way were packed with cars, and my house was filled with a couple dozen people and more video equipment than they used to shoot Titanic.
Despite all the chaos, my heart on that day and many days since has been so full, so thankful. Here are just two of the many reasons why:
1) I’m NOT doing it on my own. God has surrounded MarriedPeople with some of the most talented people I know. But they are not only talented, they are really some of the best people I know. The way they treated every actor, every producer, every grip, even my dog that kept running into the scenes, was in a way that I know made God smile.
2) I’m married to Nancie Lowe: To say our home had been invaded would be a huge understatement. One scene was even shot in our bed. (PG, of course.) One scene involved an alien baby spewing green slime into the faces of his mom and dad. My wife knew all of this was going to happen. Not only did she clean our house before the shoot, she ensured all involved that, not only was she okay with them using our house, she was thankful they were pouring themselves into the project. (By the way, those great people who worked on the videos left our home in perfect condition!)
Yes, this time of year is crazy for those of us preparing for the conference. I definitely have some moments when I want to hide in the corner of my basement and rock in the fetal position. But I’m thankful. Thank You, God, for the craziness of Orange and the crazy great people that surround my life.
How do you thank the crazy great people that surround your life and ministry?
From 2001–2010, Ted Lowe worked as the director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. His wife, Nancie, played a huge role in hosting and planning MarriedLife programs at North Point. It was during their time at North Point that they decided they not only wanted to help the married people at North Point, but married people at churches all over the world. So, in partnership with Orange and church leaders everywhere they are working fast and furiously to HELP CHURCHES HELP MARRIAGES. They have three children: Chapman (10), Judson (7), and Teddie (5), and live in Cumming, Georgia. You can follow Ted on Twitter and Facebook.