2017: Page 174

Page 174 was filled with work from one end to the other with a short break in the middle to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.  I woke up and went to work early, hoping I could get a good part of the mowing done in the morning.  As it turned out, the rain moved in early and stayed much longer than the forecast had predicted.  So instead of mowing, I spent my morning cleaning bathrooms, running the floor scrubber, and washing glass doors to get the building ready for the Vacation Bible School closing program in the evening.  It kind of had a school year Friday feel to it as I knew those tasks would need to be done again at the end of the day so the building is ready for Sunday.  

By noon I had the building ready for the evening, so I went out to lunch with my family to begin Susan’s birthday celebration.  After lunch, Susan blew out the candles on her cake and opened her presents.  While I was home, the rain had come to an end and I shot a few photos while the flower blossoms were still covered in raindrops.  Today’s photo is of one of the daylily blossoms that seems to be drinking in the moisture.  God’s desire is that we would open ourselves to Him and drink deeply of the life-giving water of His Word.  

By late afternoon it was back to the church building to shoot photos during the VBS closing program.  I just realized as I’m typing this page, that I was so busy taking pictures that I missed out on the ice cream they were serving.  Once the program was over and people had finished their desserts and headed home, I finally made it outside to get the mowing started.  I didn’t know how far I would get before dark, so I started with the most visible areas around the building and leading up to the building.  I eventually made my way to the back ball field and made it about two-thirds of the way down the field before evening began to turn to night.  After putting the mower away, I went inside and ran the floor scrubber in the hallways before calling it a day.  Thankfully, my fellow staff members and a a crew of VBS volunteers had done a lot of the cleaning and prep to get the building ready for Sunday so I only have a little more to do sometime tomorrow or early Sunday morning.

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

  • When there are multiple things that need done, sometimes it doesn’t make a lot of difference what order they are done in.
  • As the morning storm front moved through, I watched the trees bend over almost horizontal to the ground as the front brought some intense wind with it.  With life came flexibility that kept the trees from breaking.
  • The ability to be flexible through circumstances beyond our control also goes a long way toward keeping us from breaking.
  • A quiet building to clean in is a good place to pray and seek God’s refining of the sermon I’m working on.
  • Even with a lot that needs done, it is good to take the time to celebrate milestones in life.
  • It is important to use our gifts, but even more important to allow God to use the gifts He has given us.

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