I can’t complain, because it’s all my fault. Except when it was my wife’s. We can’t blame our wives though, so it’s all my fault. I was home for an entire 20 minutes today in a 14 hour stretch.
I’m not particularly good at the 7am stuff. Yes yes, some of you have already written novels or solved world hunger by 7am. I’ve usually gotten most of my night’s sleep by 7am. Yet Wednesday was 7am without any sweet tea to get me going (or time to get the hot tea ready).
From 8am to 5pm were meetings. Some people despise meetings. I would too if my meetings were sitting under the fluorescents, wearing a tie, and listening to someone discuss the finer points of page three in the budget. Thanks, but no, I’m good. My meetings involved pouring into others, hearing what God is doing elsewhere, and planning for how to join Him at work somewhere. It was fantastic.
Walking in around dinner time, I was ready to make dinner and enjoy a night with the kids. My wife, who was at the ballpark, thought it a good evening for me to bring the kids. Since I get a free ticket and the kids would only be $5 each, why not splurge a bit? Probably because they were $14 each. Not a splurge amount I wanted to swallow, however we joined my niece and her friend and enjoyed a great night and fun game between the Reds and the Braves.
Out at 8am, home at 10pm. I’m ready to sleep, but one more bit of joy is worth sharing. I added a text replacement to my wife’s computer so that an ellipsis (…) would insert “You are right.” It was an incredibly long time ago, but apparently it’s still active. She ends our day with a rant about it; I end my day with a good laugh. And thus my one more thing to close out the day: however packed or even slow the day, appreciate what God has provided and be ready to laugh.
Where I’m coming from…
Peter said that “though you have not seen God, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9).
He doesn’t refer to some idea of being fake happy all the time. Peter reminds us that there’s something greater to look to that brings a greater joy. Referring to a school day, I always say that you can handle a lot at 2:30pm when you know that 3pm is coming. You could also think of work with vacation coming. Yet we don’t have to wait until then because God is at work here and now. So no matter the quality of the day, there is reason to have a greater joy than any reaction the day yields. He gives us reason to have joy. For me, that joy gives me cause to laugh often, finding humor throughout the day.