2017: Page 34

Page 34 was a Friday which means my workday started early and will end late so tomorrow can be a day to spend with my family.  After the early morning cleaning and building prep, I spent a good part of the first half of the day working on the sermon for Sunday.  As I worked on the sermon, I would take a break once in a while to take care of some maintenance tasks and keep my blood circulating.  My activity tracker that I wear buzzes if I go for an hour without it registering a certain level of movement.  Sometimes I’m in the middle of something and I just ignore it, but most of the time I get up and and stretch my legs as I walk through the building making sure the building systems are operating as they should and that there aren’t any issues that need attention.  Many days I am active enough that it never goes off, but when I’m working on a sermon, that’s a different story. 🙂  

Eventually it buzzed and I realized it was two o’clock and I had been at work for eight hours.  Knowing I would have the end of the week cleaning to do yet, I headed out for a break to get some lunch.  The sun was out bright today with hardly a cloud in the sky so even though the wind chill was making it feel very cold outside, I decided to head down to Potato Creek for a hike before returning to work to finish up the week.  When I got to the park, I decided to do something I hadn’t done for quite a while — walk all the way around the lake.  This ends up being a hike that is just under eight miles and covers a variety of trails and roads in order to make a complete loop around the lake.  As I walked past the beach area, it was full of geese that were on the beach, in the water, and on the patches of ice that have formed on the lake.  With all of the activity taking place on the waterfront, today’s photo is of a group of geese who appear like they would rather be spectators than participants.  We all know people like that, right?  In fact, we’ve all probably been people like that at some point in our life, maybe more often than we care to admit.  The next time a plea is made for help — financial help, labor help, teaching help, childcare help, etc — make note of how long it takes you to respond, if you respond.  Sometimes our first reaction is to be a spectator and see if perhaps someone else will take care of whatever the need is.  Unfortunately, many have become so accustomed to the spectator response that it has been very difficult for them to move down off the wall and get involved.

After my hike, I headed back to work where I began doing the cleaning and prep necessary to have the building ready for Sunday.  After getting one end of the building ready it was time for a short snack break, so I sat down at my desk with a bag of Doritos as I wrote out today’s page.  Now that the page is mostly written, I will soon post it so I can finish cleaning the other end of the building and head home.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • It is much easier to wake up early and head into work for a long day when you know there is a balance between the long days and the days of rest.
  • If there was such a thing as a wrist-worn spiritual activity tracker, I wonder how often it would buzz from a lack of meaningful activity?  I’m not talking about activity for the sake of activity, I’m talking about spiritual activity that actually draws us and/or others closer to God.
  • Sometimes we need a reminder to pray, give, serve, love, and seek God as we ought.
  • Studying and meditating on God’s Word should capture our attention so much that we can easily lose track of time doing so.
  • Sometimes it is easy to talk ourselves out of doing something that we know would be good for us, yet pushing through and accomplishing the good can be very rewarding in so many ways.
  • We’re not all called to do everything, or even the same things, but we are all called to do something.  Spectator Christianity is a contradiction in terms.
  • Because we’re not all called to do the same thing, you not doing what I’m doing doesn’t make you a spectator any more then my not doing what you’re doing makes me a spectator.  The defining question is, “Am I doing what God wants me to be doing?”

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