GNO: Christan Perona’s Favorite Things

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Christan Perona is the Director of Communications at Central Christian School, a racially and socio-economically diverse Blue-Ribbon school in St. Louis. She is involved in the racial reconciliation and diversity efforts of Greentree Community Church and speaks to various group within and beyond her church about the redemption of the Gospel of Christ. Christan (sporadically) writes about practical theology when the inspiration hits and time allows (christanperona.com). She and her husband, JD, have two children.

It’s not something I do often — think about my favorite things. I have a hard time identifying what my true favorites are in most areas because there’s so much I love. So much I crave. I used to think it was an affection for change, but I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered the truth — it’s a restless heart. One thing I’m looking forward to about eternity with Jesus is for my strivings to cease. Can any of you relate?

I love beauty. I’m not referencing the super narrow, ever-changing definition of beauty that’s been offered to us in the 21st century. You know, those definitions that tempt us all to “stand out” by being the same, by following the guide of what’s “in style” for our clothes and make-up and homes and cars… you get the picture. You can’t escape it.
I’m talking about beauty that calls to the deepest parts of our soul when we see it (or hear or feel or taste it). There’s a feeling that reminds us we were made for more that’s incredibly hard to describe. And while it leaves us longing for Heaven, this feeling whispers that our Father sees us, and knows us, and wants us to experience beauty here in this world, too. What a gift. Which leads us to my favorite song.


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My Favorite Song:  They’re not my favorite group or artist. I tend to go for more raspy and acoustic. But “Where I Belong” by Building 429 calls to that deep place in my soul every single time. I hear this song and think that maybe I’m okay. I sing along and think that maybe I’m not crazy.

Sometimes it feels like I’m watching from the outside
Sometimes it feels like I’m breathing but am I alive
I won’t keep searching for answers that aren’t here to find…

 

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My Favorite Book:  Again, there are so many, but one of my favorite reads is Tim Keller’s The Prodigal God. It was written a while ago, and Keller has produced so many amazing book since then, but this is one that calls to my deep place. It unthrones the striving. It levels the playing field. It unites the religious and the skeptic, the rule-keeper and the wanderer.

Regarding moral insiders, Jesus “wants to show them their blindness, narrowness, and self-righteousness, and how these things are destroying both their own souls and the lives of the people around them.”


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My Favorite Website:  I am loving domino.com. We’ve lived in our home for ten years. And while my home felt like me, it felt like me — the dated, middle-aged, stuck-in-a-rut me. Over the summer I read the most meaningful decorating book ever, SoulSpace by Xorin Balbes, and I’ve been on a re-decorating rampage for the past two months. It’s been so fun. I’ve sold a bunch of items on Facebook Swap & Sell sites which has helped me fund new and second-hand replacement items.

In the top left corner of Domino, you can click Stories, Shop, or Galleries. I love them all. If you need a few seconds of inspiration, Galleries is your answer. You can sort by room or color, and instantly you have a window into homes all around the globe. It’s good to see how others are defining beauty, isn’t it? It keeps us from believing that “whats-in-style lie” permeating our own zip codes.

Two disclaimers: The author of SoulSpace and I have radically different worldviews. And, the photo above is not of my home — it is a photo that appears in the Domino photo gallery. 🙂


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My Favorite Picture (above): There’s always more to learn… You’re going somewhere… Truth… Discernment… You take your knowledge and go somewhere with it…

“A picture says a thousand words” — let’s just leave it at that.


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My Favorite Thing About My Job: I work at Central Christian School. After being the Director of Admissions for nine years, I’m learning the new role of Director of Communications. My absolute favorite thing about my job is our community. Our school family is diverse, coming from different backgrounds, neighborhoods, races, and perspectives.

This intricate fabric of Christians offers me endless opportunities to be in relationship with people who aren’t like me. I’m constantly learning. I’m forever being sharpened. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. It is a safe place for me to ask questions and wrestle with the headlines. My brothers and sisters in Christ, whose skin tones are different from me, have extended grace to me. My job, and these experiences, have shaped me into who I am today.


What about you? What are your favorites? What calls to your deep place?

Your friend,
Christan


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2 thoughts on “GNO: Christan Perona’s Favorite Things

  1. lynndmorrissey October 4, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Lovely, Christan. You’re a deep thinker and a gifted author. I loved Karen’s idea for this GNO, and like you, have trouble zeroing in on favorites….because God has given us so many wonderful blessings. Somehow it escaped me that you work at CCS. Our daughter Sheridan flourished there under fine Christian tutelage. Congratulations on the part you play in making it successful. I also think that if you wrote a book it would be one of my favorites!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Lynn

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  2. Linda Gurney October 4, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Christan, after reading about your favorite things, I hope to meet you sometime. Your work with CCS sounds so rewarding, and your words about an environment of diversity speak loudly in the climate in which we live today. Also, I love your library/bookstore picture. It is so inviting! To me, it represents the limitless things that God has for us to enjoy as long as we seek Him.

    Blessings,

    Linda Gurney

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