Just Out of Phase

Did you ever have one of those days when everything is just a little off? Well, I had one of those today. It started off first thing this morning when I received an unexpected charge on a club bill. I had no idea what it was for. Upon inquiring, it turns out that I should have been aware of it, but I registered the kids by phone for some golf stuff and it wasn’t mentioned during the registration process.

Then calls with several of my clients that required some immediate attention. And without going into detail, I was made aware of several people who are really struggling with their relationships and called asking for advice and counsel on what they should do. I just never caught my stride. In fact, there were several things that really irritated me today. I had a tough time shaking it. And I just hate it when that happens.

On top of all that, one of my clients is in the process of updating my various websites; they include a wedding site, our ministry site, this site and finally, my corporate site. I’m not real adept at understanding the technology pieces and to honest about it, I wish there was a way to consolidate everything into one site and I could just be done with it. Right now, it sounds like I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, and there is a kernel of truth in that statement.

Then a guy I haven’t spoken with in years called me out of the blue, just to catch up. Of course, he was not a close friend to begin with, and it wasn’t more than several minutes before he was asking me to support some initiative that he wanted me to sponsor. It bothered me that the only time the person ever calls me is to ask me for something. He never wants to know what I am up to, or how the family is – just how much I can donate. Needless to say, today wasn’t the right day to ask…

Now I am generally not opposed to helping out, but it just bothers me when people start dialing down a list without regard to whether or not they even have a relationship with the person they are trying to solicit. By the way, as I am writing this, Janet is reminding me that I am supposed to be writing a Christian post. She has a point.

I am, however, trying to get past everything and not be a “downer.” Since Jill and her son, Drew, are here this week, I am trying to entertain him by teaching him to count tonight. I was reminded of one of our employees at the cafeteria who, instead of doing a traditional “high 5”, puts up two fingers and gently touches the other person’s two fingers. Drew and I have been working on this tonight. Every several minutes, I will put up two fingers and Drew will come over to touch my outstretched fingers. Then he says, “two”. Everything was fine until Janet announced to everyone in the house, “Look Drew, Grandpa’s doing #2 in his chair again.” What can I say? That’s the woman I married 39 years ago… and I love her…

So the bottom line today is that I can’t seem to win for losing. However, everyone is healthy and in the overall scheme of things, our family has received incredible blessings from God. It is just a little weird to be a little out of sorts with all the things that are going on in the lives of the people around me.

Of course, I have prayed and tried to give more of myself, but I can tell that I need a time of rejuvenation. In several weeks, Janet and I will be heading to our favorite resort to do just that. I can hardly wait.

In the meantime, I am searching for peace. Tonight’s verse is from 2 Th. 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” I think that is the thing that I need tonight. God’s peace.

My encouragement this evening is that when you have had “one of those days”, God is waiting to spend a little special time with you and shower you with His own special kind of peace. My prayer is that you will never forget where to turn when you are having a tough day and that our Savior will grant you something that can only come from Him – heavenly mercy and peace.

So while I get ready for my own special time with the Father, I bid you to have a great day in the Lord, when you can experience His grace and peace…


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