The Life of Riley

     When I announced, at the age of 35, that I was going into the ministry, my then 9-year old son said, “Awesome!” Thinking that he had some sort of theological epiphany, I encouraged him to say more about why he thought that would be awesome. His reply? “You only work ONE day a week!” Yep…that’s right! I only work for a few hours on Sunday morning and the rest of the week I watch soap aperas and eat bon-bons with my feet up- what a life! Actually the ministry is few very ODD profession in many ways. I remember in my younger days swearing that I would NEVER have a job where I had to work a split shift. So what do I do? I have my mid-life crisis a bit early, quit my job, willingly go to seminary, spend three years as a full-time student, full time parent/husband, and nearly full-time pastor (almost killing myself in the process!), just so I can…wait for it…work split shifts! I spend mornings in the office, followed by afternoons either at home working on the computer or out making calls. THEN, I often go back to church at night for meetings, counseling, rehearsal, etc. Never work a split shift, huh? I have learned this- DON’T tell God what you’re NOT going to do…unless of course you REALLY want to end up doing it! You may have noticed that, despite my claim that this is a DAILY blog, nothing got posted yesterday, NOT coincidentally Sunday! First- I had the best of intentions! But the road to…where is that?…is paved with good intentions! Between a full morning at church, an afternoon with our Senior Citizens group, and an evening at the hospital with a young parishioner, life just…got in the way, as it is oft to do!
     Does that ever happen to you? You start the day with the best laid plans, yet when your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, you realize that most of those plans still reside solely on your to-do list, unchecked and unfinished. When that happens, you have to evaluate WHY that’s the case. If they remain undone because you simply didn’t feel like it, that’s one things to consider. However, if they reamain undone because other equally important things came up that required you attention…go with the flow. A plan is great, but if you’re not flexible, life is really hard! As I say in church (almost every Sunday), “The bulletin is JUST a suggestion!” This week, start each day with a plan- but be open to God nudging you in a different direction.
     I will TRY to post every day- even Sundays, so please keep coming back! If you haven’t already, you can subscrice to this blog, become a follower of this blog, or email me directly. All the links are on the main page. I would love to hear from you! Nothing new from Chester the squirrel, but keep checking back- if a rodent story breaks, you’ll be the first to know! Have a great day and stick with Jesus!

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