Today has been a long one. For me. For the girls. Especially for my Beautiful Bride! I’m tired just remembering it all! 🙂
“Day in the life” posts aren’t the norm around here. But I think there’s some spiritual insight worth sharing along with, so here goes: Ran over a bike first thing this morn. Oldest left it right behind my van! (Yeah, I’m cool enough to drive a van!) Not a happy Dad, but no time to dole out the proper punishment cause I was running late for church. Same daughter decided to go to “Neighbor Boy’s” house for breakfast (yes, that Neighbor Boy!). Only she didn’t ask for permission. Her mother assumed she had gone to church with me; I had told her to go back in the house to Mom. Brief moment of panic when I returned home and we realized we had “lost” a child.
Find her, scold her, load her in Mom’s van so we can drive the 45 mins. to a different worship service where I’m scheduled to speak. Really encouraging service, and then off to lunch at Grandmother’s. What a special thing that my little family can spend time with my grandparents who are both in their 80’s! But it did mean almost an hour of driving home mid-afternoon only to load right back up and head to the talent show. (with a quick meeting somehow squeezed in between)
Middle child and I were asked to sing a song; one I had written and she loves to help me sing. So we did. Which means my wife went “above and beyond” to support me when I spoke this morn, and J when she sang tonight. But I could tell she was really worn out and I encouraged her to go home after J’s performance and get some rest. Leaving me at the mercy of someone else for a ride home. Someone who couldn’t leave talent show/church for another couple hours. Oh man, it was a long day!
But on the way home, my “taxi driver” really needed to talk about some things going on in his life. And I realized that a verse I had read in worship earlier today was being lived out nearly 12 hours later…even if I’m being poured out as an offering for the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice*… “Poured out.” I felt that when parenting today. I saw that in my wife today. I lived that in “church life” today. And at the end of the day, hopefully I will join Paul in being glad and rejoicing for the chance to pour my life out if it helps others grow closer to Christ.
This is the day…the day the Lord has made! I will rejoice. I will be glad.
* Philippians 2:17