Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Needed Attitude Adjustment

[a post from Monday morning...]

Mandy and I sat down for a family meeting last night, to make sure we are on the same page, because this week is incredibly busy. Here's a brief snippet of what this week holds for me and my family: three worship services to prepare, two sermons to write, Bible study to lead, three rehearsals and a concert for Mandy, final details on the church Christmas program, attending Zoe's school Christmas program, shopping for the Angel Tree, and a night of Christmas caroling. And that's just some of our calendar.

So...of car broke down this morning and I can't get it into the shop until Wednesday. 

Of course! Perfect timing, right?! In a week filled with ministry and life and events and chaos, our family is suddenly down to one vehicle for a few days. The timing of life can be cruel.

But I promise I'm not writing this to complain. Rather, I wanted to show you my emotional process throughout the day in an effort to better help us all cope with the difficulties of life. Over the past few hours I've gone from perplexed and paralyzed to angry to anxious. I had plans for how my week would go and suddenly those were totally out of whack.

So what did I do next? I tried my best to slow down, calm down, pray for peace, and ground myself in the simple truth that it's all going to be okay. Life's not over. Things will work out just fine. I'll still get all my work done this week. Ultimately, this is a pretty minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of life. 

And then after that, I set about to not let this inconvenience rob me of the week I had planned...which for me included playing basketball this afternoon. So, since I couldn't drive to my destination, I looked up the bus schedule, hopped on the bus for as long as I could ride, and then walked the rest of the way. And now, I'm logging off to go play basketball...committed to not letting a bad situation and my bad attitude steal life away from me. Here's to a great week!

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