Monday, October 16, 2006

Ramblings on a Sick Day

I have had a grueling schedule these last few weeks. We were in London and Paris on from Sept 27 through Oct 5. After arriving home, I have been working at a frantic pace to get our upstairs project done so that we can put out house on the market. Yesterday, I left at 5:30am to drive to Charlotte to check out Pastor Naeem Fazal at Mosaic Church in Charlotte. I got home close to midnight last night. So today God said it is time to rest. I have a full blown cold. Not that I scheduled it this way, but today was a good sick day. I have a friend coming tomorrow to help me finish the trim in my upstairs to get ready for carpet on wednesday. Then I leave for DC wednesday for a conference on thurday to get back late thursday night. Then I get up and take the family to the state fair on Friday and leave for South Carolina on Saturday afternoon to visit NewSpring Church in Anderson on Sunday and return late Sunday night.

So now you know why I haven't been blogging. There is also no such thing as free internet in hotels in London and Paris. When I say not free, I mean expensive. $17 for 2 hours and $34 for a day.

In the midst of all this crazyness Naeem preached on what we do with our life and whether we are leaving a legacy. He also did an interviw with Lloyd Reeb author of From Success to Significance. I met Lloyd a few years ago at a church planting conference so it was cool to talk to him about how that conference gave me a heart to plant churches and how we are now planning to plant a church in France. When I read Lloyds book a couple of years ago I remember thinking of his concept of halftime in our lives and thinking that it wasn't relevant to me becuase I am not there yet. Yesterday, I got to thinking and it hit me that with my dad's genes (blood disease stuff) most of my family only lives to be about 74. I am 38. That means haltime is over and the 3rd quarter has begun.

Gina and I have given up a lot to pursue God's call to plant churches in France. It has not been easy but we are pursuing a life of significance not success. But in the insanity that sometimes comes with pursuing God's plan for my life it is easy forget my bride and my four future world changers. I pray that God will give me wisdom and strength to not give my family what's left. I know that I will make time for what is important to me and that means helping my family to fulfill there dreams.

It is not about me. The greatest commandment says it is about God. The second greatest commandment says it is about others next. There is no third greatest commandment that says it is about me.

One other thought. I married an athelete who makes me eat better than I would on my own. So if I plan to live to 84, I'm still in the second quarter.

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