Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – This time last year I woke Connor and Evan up at 6. Yesterday, it was only Evan.Time flies!!
We left the house at 7:20. I took him to school, drove 30 miles to meet an associate for 10 minutes, drove another 20 miles for a 1 hour meeting, pulled into the office at 12:30 for a lunch meeting, had numerous phone calls and meetings, left the office and went to church and taught a class with Kris, had a dinner meeting, and got home at 9:00 last night.
Yesterday while helping Kris teach that class, I stepped out for a second to take a call. It was our first born, who only a few years ago was a toddler, calling me from Liberty University to say “hi”. Time flies!
Several years back Lacy got the boys into acting, Connor did an incredible job last year playing Lumiere, in Beauty and the Beast. My mind goes back to his earlier childhood when he was Spiderman’s biggest fan. He watched all the cartoons, read all the comics, and was often seen wearing red and blue Spiderman attire.
When Evan was little, he loved Batman. Now he has outgrown that in his teenage years and is in to some cool music like Sinatra. Last spring he went to his first prom with Lacy. The boy looked great in his new suit. Walking around singing some Sinatra, I could easily see him picturing himself as Frank. Time flies!
Yesterday was one of those crazy work days. Now it makes me tired just thinking about it. However, yesterday it didn’t seem that bad. There were even some legal contractual issues that came up regarding one of our suppliers. It was something that could distract or rattle you if you let it. Fortunately, I was able to take it in stride, and chalk it up to dealing with people that DON”T play by the same rule book I do. I conferenced with some others, found out what was needed and moved on.
The days that I am able to juggle things like that, are the days I remember who I am. I’m not a super hero, I just happen to idolize One who is. I know that I am a follower of Jesus Christ ever since He radically changed my life in 1988. It is Him, who I want to please. So yesterday about 5am, before the house got loud, I got up so I could spend some time reading about Him, talking to Him, and meditating about Him.
The days that I make time for that early in the morning, are the days I have some type of success imitating Him. I’ve discovered people would much rather hang around someone acting like Him…then someone acting like me!…
The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. (Mark 6:30-31 ESV)