“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding…”~Proverbs 3:13
Life is about learning. Learning from mistakes, victories and others makes me a wiser and stronger person. I’m always trying to learn things from everyday events. Little lessons hidden among daily events and activities. Some of the things I learn are beneficial and others are not. But as I see it … as long as I’m learning, I’m growing. So here are the things I’ve learned this week …
- LESSON 1: If you’re going to go on your first EVER small plane ride, avoid eating a large bowl of spicy green-chili carne guisada just before boarding the plane. I’m not sure if it was the food or the the bouncing plane, but boy, nausea hit me about 45 minutes in and I was looking EVERYWHERE for something to get sick in. In a plane that small, it would have been ugly. We finally spotted a barf-bag about the size of a sandwich baggie. Holding it made me feel much better, but I kept looking at it and thinking, “There’s no WAY it’s all going to fit in the little bag. Thankfully we landed, and I was able to keep all the food down. I loved the plane ride, but the terror of getting sick in my friend’s plane was more than I could imagine. I don’t know how many times I repeated in my head, “Thank you, Lord.”
- LESSON 2: Don’t fret over things you pray about. I’m sure God gets tired of me asking for His help and then continuing to worry about the very thing I asked for help with. Yesterday I preached a sermon that was very tough. I said some things that dealt with our church family that I knew were going to be hard for some to hear. I debated all week, “Do I say it or do I leave it out?” I said it … and it went over really well. God is good.
- LESSON 3: Strong Marriage Workshops are meeting a need. We did our second marriage workshop in as many weekends. OKC two weeks ago and Silver City, NM this past weekend. With every one we do, we are seeing more and more how important healthy marriages are to making healthy families and healthy churches. Already this weekend I’ve had several new inquires about possible upcoming workshops. I don’t know how long we’ll continue to do these little weekend workshops, but we’re sure having fun doing them.
- LESSON 4: Don’t talk Pinterest with your uninformed running buddy. Yip, many men still don’t understand that Pinterest isn’t just for women. We were 5 miles into a very tough 6 mile run. We were gasping for air, trying to pass the time with chit-chat and trying not to die all at the same time. The conversation had been lacking the past mile, making the run seem harder … when the subject of high energy foods briefly came up. In my head I immediately remembered something I’d seen on Pinterest that week about a little energy packed snack called “energy balls.” Right then in my exhaustion I made the mistake of saying, “Hey, (gasp, gasp) I saw a recipe on Pinterest this week that I need to make us…” Right then Randy’s pace slowed just a bit, he cut his eyes around at me and said, “PINTEREST? Serious? I don’t even know who you are anymore!” We ran pretty much without talking the last mile.
Did you learn anything this week?