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Friday, March 16, 2007

Louie...

Recently I shared a poem that I wrote back in 2003. I was looking in that same journal, and I found another poem that makes me laugh everytime I read it. I thought that I would share the story behind the poem and not the poem itself. It is much better read aloud!

Once upon a time, my senior year of college, I had an experience with Louie Giglio. Seriously! At the time Louie was the leader of a bible study called Choice at Baylor University. Everyone loved this bible study, and it was always crowded. Choice on Monday nights was the place to be. I went to Choice one time, and it was good. But, I also sang in the college choir group at my church and had practice every Thursday afternoon plus I went to a Wed. night bible study as well. I CHOSE to participate in those activities and CHOSE not to go to Choice. A friend, who will remain nameless, loved Choice. She had great admiration for Louie and all that he was doing. She couldn't understand that I didn't want to go to Choice. It was beyond comprehension to her. Why, when given the opportunity to study under such an awesome leader, would I pass it up? I just didn't want to go. After several weeks of her asking me to go and me saying no we were both finally frustrated with the situation. I stalked out of my apartment and decided to go talk to Louie himself. I walked to his office and waited to talk to him. I told him about my friend insisting that I go to Choice. He was very nice and gracious and told me that he didn't care if I came to Choice or not. He understood that I was busy with other things and was perfectly fine with that. There were times, he said, that he didn't even want to go himself, and he was in charge. I went home feeling much better and told my friend that Louie said I didn't have to go to Choice. She was mortified that I would "tell" on her to one of her heroes. She was brushing her hair at the time and threw her hairbrush in my general direction. She wasn't aiming at me, thankfully, and it bounced off the wall. I see now that my running to talk to Louie about her was a little rash. I'm sure we could have worked it out some other way. She did forgive my rashness, and I now understand that CHOICE was her PASSION at the time. I know she learned a lot and grew a lot through that bible study and under Louie's direction. Sometimes I wonder if Louie remembers our little talk.

5 comments:

Jay Anderson said...

Boy, that brings back memories! Having never attended CHOICE myself, I can remember well the "peer pressure" that CHOICE devotees placed on non-attendees.

Gina said...

Have you tried "googling" Louie?? (and I mean the SEARCH engine google...not the 'eye' type of googling...) =)

Dixon Ailesi said...

Yes, I've googled Louie. I know that he is the leader of the Passion Conferences. They also have their own record label and several other projects. He's really made something of himself! And he continues to have devoted followers...and that is a good thing! Through his ministry a lot of people have given their lives over to the Lord. Amazing. And to think I told him I didn't want to go to his bible study!

erinleigh said...

that is hillarious! I love that you did that, sounds like something I would do. Did they have 'Breathe' when you were at Baylor? It's an on campus revival of sorts every spring. My freshman year Louie came back as the speaker and talked about choice. Wow - so you were there a loooong time ago huh? =o) j/k

Dixon Ailesi said...

I don't think they had Breathe then. We did have a revival every year I think...but I don't remember if there was a special name for it! And, yes it was a long time ago! I graduated from college in 1991...crazy! I am not that old! I can't be...can I?