Hong Kong 2013
This blog will explore the travels and misadventures that Todd experiences during his 3-week teaching trip to Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Institute for Christian Counseling.
The power of turning, revolution or rotation. As I reflect on the 19-day journey of teaching and speaking I will do in Hong Kong, this word has taken on a more personal meaning for me. The world of physics and magnetics is a far cry from the internal verticity I find myself enduring in recent days. I have noticed a subtle, yet growing, shift in myself during the hecticness and excitement of all this busy year has entailed. From speaking engagements to book writing to managing SATP and beyond, the tectonic plates that are my personal and professional identity on have undergone considerable movement. There is a rotation of perspective and belief that I am keenly aware of as I a prepare myself for what I trust will be an envigorating, challenging, rewarding, demanding, thrilling and taxing whirlwind of a trip. As of now, my greatest insecurity lies in the two presentations I will conduct at the international SOCIAL MEDIA 2013 conference, one titled "Social Media as a Gateway for Internet Addiction, Sex Addiction and Other Addictive Processes", and the other titled "From Geek to Sheik- The Role of Online Education in Training Counselors and Other Service Professionals". As I step into these moments of stress and uncertainty, I will be forced to believe in the essentials of my faith more completely. And what is more terrifying, I will be forced to believe in myself in a different way. In the face of these dynamics, I am reminded of the words that guided me through the peaks and valleys of ministry while directing the Oklahoma State University Nazarene Student Center:
“But you, Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."