It’s been a long weekend; a long week, in fact. Actually, it’s been a long month! I like for my summers to be calm and relaxing, but so far, this summer has been anything but calm and relaxing. It seems that everything that could possibly be going on in our lives is all happening at the same time! But I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
This weekend was sort of the culmination of a period of time that was extraordinarily busy; one might even call it über-busy! Here is the rundown:
Meetings – many meetings. Work meetings, church meetings, Project X meetings, and more church meetings (it seems like June was the month that church meetings were multiplied). And then there were potlucks – I think we have had a potluck at least once a week, every week this month. There was youth baseball, youth meetings to prepare for a service trip to Denver, baptism celebrations, and graduation festivities. There were visitors from near, and visitors from afar (the Philippines, to be exact). And there was the wedding of an old (and ever greater) friend. Oh yea, last but not least, there was a visit from my brother who lives in Mexico, whom I had not seen in four years. I mentioned that it was a busy month, right?
All of these things needed to be processed in the scope of my life. It was not an easy task. Somewhere in between all of these things, I had to make time for my wife and our life together. Now that things are beginning to slow down, I think I have some making up to do. I have a feeling that Nettie and I will be spending a lot more time together in the coming weeks – I look forward to this!
Although it has been extremely busy, I cannot come away from this without having learned a thing or two.
First, I learned that when we give so much of ourselves, it is easy to forget that we need to take care of ourselves. If we don’t, there will be nothing left to give, as our own life disintegrates. I need to take care of myself in three ways: physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Sleep is important. I used to think that I could function normally on limited sleep. I was wrong. I am a night person by nature, but I am realizing how much more productive I am if I can get a solid nights’ sleep on a regular basis.
Sometimes I need to vent. Sometimes I become so overwhelmed with all the things happening in my life that the pressure builds to a point where I can’t contain it anymore. I need to learn to let things out in small amounts. It’s better for everyone involved.
I need God. Without beginning my day with a healthy dose of God’s presence, things are amiss. God’s presence is always there, but when things get busy, I sometimes fail to acknowledge it. I need to work consistent “God-time” into my daily schedule.
I also learned that true love can be inspiring. As I mentioned earlier, we had visitors from the Philippines. Dann and Joji Pantoja are our witness partners with MC Canada. They are touring North America and this weekend they were in Leamington. We first met them in the Philippines a few months ago, and it was impossible not to love them. It was great to see them again and to visit with them, although our time together was far too short. Dann and Joji have been married for thirty-three years, and still seem like newly weds… it was very refreshing and inspiring. I hope that Nettie and I can pick up a few pointers that they live by example.
Lastly, I learned that although sacrifice is not easy, it is sometimes necessary. Some members of our youth group had their high school graduation ceremony today, and we had to miss it. I have to admit that we could have attended, but then we would have missed a day spent with my family, which included my oldest brother – I hadn’t seen him in four years, and today was his birthday. Family is important. It was created by God, and can be an amazing blessing. But we have to make an effort. We cannot rely on family to just happen on its’ own. With that being said, I am confident that we made the right decision. We love our grade twelve’s, and we wish we could have been at their graduation ceremony to show our support. Sacrifice is painful, but in this case, we have the opportunity to find a way to make it up to them. I look forward to that.
So the week ends with many memories – family, friends, tornado warnings, and earth quakes. Wait… earthquakes? Yes. But that’s the topic of one of my future “earth-shattering” blogs. Memories made and lessons learned. It’s already past midnight, which means it is officially Monday morning of a new week. What’s on my schedule? Work, Cedar Point with youth, work, and a long weekend that will consist of a LOT of lounging and digging into my “to read” pile of books – it’s getting quite high. Can’t wait!