My Favorite Time of the Week
This may come as no surprise since I posted two articles about introverts in the ministry, but Sunday nights after 9 is my favorite time of the week. “Why?” you may ask. Because the house is completely quiet and now I have the living room to myself and I can finally recharge. Quiet time is what I need – as an introvert – to get ready to face the world again. Perhaps that’s why I like running alone. It’s not that I don’t like being around people – because I do, but as an introvert, being around people drains you, not recharges you, like it does for extroverts. It’s been an interesting week.
My Favorite Time of the Year
It finally is spring! It’s been a beautiful week, with just the right mix of rain, clouds and sun. The grass is growing like crazy. I really need to get out and work on our flower bed. It’s looking a little neglected. I have to trim some trees in the back yard. There overgrown from many years of being in the middle of a field. In addition, the grass needs to be cut. After yesterday’s race, there was no way I was going to cut the grass – I was exhausted. I took a long nap in the middle of the day. So, spring is keeping me busy on the outside of the house.
Like I said I was exhausted after yesterday’s race. I put all I had into it. I’ve already mentioned that I finished in 1:48:22, which is a new personal record. Each time I have run a 1/2 marathon, I have improved my time. I was able to beat the Danville 1/2 Marathon time by over 2 minutes which – as I think about it – is excellent considering the Park to Park is a tougher course. Danville was flat and the Park to Park has lots of rolling hills, which a particularly tough final 3 miles. My main disappointment was my inability to maintain a consistent pace – which varied over 40 seconds per mile with no rhyme or reason. All that being said, I am happy with my finish – finishing 13th in my age group – not too bad for someone who only started running 4 years ago and was 100 pounds overweight.
One of the great privileges I had yesterday was to pray before the race. That came about as a result of the Boston Marathon Bombings. I was anxious – praying in front of over 600 people – but the Lord provided and I found out at the end of the race is that the directors would like me to do it again. How cool is that?
Happy Day Irony
We had a good worship service this morning. Our handbell choir played and did an excellent job. We have a talented group of people at Parkway. The praise team did a great job in leading worship as well. The only sad part – ironically – was that during the song “Happy Day,” somehow I lost my guitar. It fell from my shoulders and went crashing to the ground – snapping one of the tuning pegs off. I went looking for their replacements this afternoon and found that “you can’t buy just one.” You have to buy a set of six. This got me thinking, “I wonder about checking on E-Bay?” I checked and found a set for $10 plus shipping. I figure if they don’t work out, I’ve only lost $15 and then I’ll have to figure out another way.
I had also done some tweaking of our sound system. Turns out that I over-tweaked. I’ll have to fix some of that this week. We are beginning to raise money to install acoustical treatment in our sanctuary, which should really cut down on the reverberations in our sanctuary. I am looking forward to that being installed, especially so we can get a real feel of what our sound system sounds like.
That’s All Folks
That’s about all I have – it’s time to get ready for Local Church Conference next week at church following our worship service and also get prepare for worship next Sunday. Until next week – pressing on!