Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Men Behind the Madness, I Mean Magic


December 4, 2000 was my first day as an employee at Central Dallas Ministries. So much has changed in my life since then – I got married, bought a house, had two babies, and officially entered middle age, and a lot has changed at CDM since then also – program expansion, additional staff, and a new headquarters location. But one thing that hasn’t changed since then is the presence of Larry James and John Greenan.

Individually, these two guys are very different. Larry is charismatic and energetic, and willing to fly in the face of social injustice. On the other hand, John is rather quiet and demure, and approaches issues systematically, sans emotion.

Together, they give new meaning to the expression that two heads are better than one. Their combined intellect, compassion for people, passion for life, and their sheer dogged determination creates a duo that is truly something to behold. They are the true leaders of this community – the men who show up and work for the people and for the city every day, no matter what - no matter the weather, no matter the stress, no matter the sleepless nights, no matter the problems, no matter the obstacles, no matter the nay-sayers.

Larry and John do not give up. They have made a commitment to their work and a commitment to all the people of this community that they will keep on keepin’ on. For all of us who have the opportunity to work with them, there are many moments that do seem rather like madness, but there are those other moments that are truly magical.

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