Mar 122017
 

We had our season-end, and program-end, celebration for Upward basketball and cheerleading yesterday. Kevin Davis of Kevin Davis Creations came in and did a fantastic job again for us this year. He is a funny fellow who relates well to children and loves God. He was also accommodating of our modest budget. I recommend him.

I think about Upward a lot, to the point that anytime I actually try to write/think about it in public, it’s bound to be a bit disjointed. I think about moments over the years in which I saw that a young person was likely hearing about Jesus for the first time. I think about thrilling games (and actually our very last one went to overtime). I think about when my boys started “clicking over.”

Mostly, now, I think about the energy I put into it, and how I can serve God’s kingdom with it now. I’ve had some time to get used to the idea of the program going away, and I was able to address the crowd yesterday without getting too choked up. Though I can still superficially express the few petty resentments I felt at certain aspects of this decision, I don’t feel any of that in my spirit anymore.

I had such a good time with Upward, but always tried to make sure the joy I felt was more God’s than mine. (Not that God doesn’t want us to be happy in His service, but it’s easier to lose sight of the goal than we realize sometimes.) I guess my ultimate Upward challenge starts now. If it was about God, what is my channel for that time and energy now?

I’m thinking. And praying.

 Posted by at 7:54 am
Mar 062017
 

“Did I go to work today?” “What time is it?” “Is anyone else here?”

Those are the thoughts I had yesterday afternoon when I woke up from one of those thoroughly disorienting naps you don’t plan to take. Had the race telecast not been on a commercial, I probably would have pulled the moment in more quickly. As it was, it took me a good 30 seconds to get my bearings.

It was an odd weekend. The last Upward Saturday was also the longest, with the final game beginning at 5:30. That meant better than 11 hours at church for me, but it being my last time, it was easy to savor. We all watched almost two full episodes of one of those shows on which antique/collectible dealers go through people’s old garages and storage areas, looking for old signs and radios and what-not. We’ve never done that before, but it was fun.

I’m trying to step into this week attentively. An accidentally (?) transitionally-themed weekend has reinforced to me that there are things to explore. There are pursuits, smallish to largish, that I’ve considered for years and put off for bad reasons. Time for a plan or two to head down these paths and see what’s there.

After all, how much time do I think I have?

 Posted by at 12:45 pm
Feb 212017
 

I would guess some people will compare Milo Yiannopoulos to Icarus. I am reminded instead of one of my stepbrother’s years-ago adventures. Long story made very short: bunch of buddies together, one had a go-kart, and oh yeah, there was some beer. Every time they refueled the kart they were using a bottle of 104 Octane […]

 Posted by at 10:38 am

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