Coffee Talk with JJ Heller
- Monday, February 25, 2013
You’re a non-runner, but in January you participated in a half marathon. Share the story behind that.
I read a life-changing book by a man named Lopez Lomong. He was born in Sudan, captured by rebel soldiers, miraculously escaped and eventually ended up living in the US and running on the US Olympic track team! His dream is to provide for his friends and family back home in South Sudan, so when I got to the end of the book and read that he was partnered with World Vision, I knew I had to help. Even though I’ve always hated running, I felt compelled to raise money by running in a half marathon on Lopez’s team. It was hard work, but I ended up beating my target finish time, and raising over $11,000 for clean water.
When you aren’t songwriting or performing, how do you like to spend your time?
I love cooking, baking, sewing, decorating and of course, hanging out with my two little girls, Lucy and Nora. I might be addicted to Pinterest, but so many good ideas come from there!
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
That earlier question got me thinking about C.S. Lewis, and now I can’t get him out of my mind. Does it count if he’s dead? I would love to sit down with him and hear his story about how God took a hold of his heart when he was such a dedicated atheist. I’ve also heard that he wrote back to every fan letter he ever received and that he gave away two thirds of is income. I would be an honor to hear his perspective on generosity with both his time and his money. I don’t think I could help but to be profoundly influenced and encouraged. I suppose I’ll just have to settle for his books for now.
As you share Loved with listeners and concert goers in 2013, what do you hope they walk away with?
I hope they have a sense that they are invited to the table. The Lord has carved out a hope-filled, adventurous, sometimes uncomfortable and dangerous, fulfilling life for each of us. He wants us to drink deeply of each opportunity and live without regrets knowing that He is our safety net. And no matter what, we are LOVED.
*Ashleigh Slater (www.ashleighslater.com) is a freelance writer and editor. Her articles have appeared in print and online in publications including Marriage Partnership, Thriving Family, MOMSense, StartMarriageRight.com, iBelieve.com, Guideposts' Angels on Earth, and Clubhouse, Jr. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and a M.A. in Communication from Regent University. Ashleigh is the founder and editor of Ungrind (www.ungrind.org), an online magazine churning out encouragement for Christian Women. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband Ted and four daughters. You can follow her on Twitter @ashslater.
**This Article First Published 2/25/2013
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