Welp, that didn’t take long!
Yes, it’s nearly 10 pm and I’m just now getting to blogging. The last 24 hours have been…interesting.
Last night our sweet Joshy boy started coughing. And then coughing a little more. And then coughing a lot more. Getting him to sleep seemed like a losing battle, so we tried a play from the old playbook, when they were babies. I was going to drive them around until they fell asleep in the car. So we buckled in and went for a drive. And Joshy coughed. And coughed. And coughed a whole bunch. And then when we were at the turn around point, also known as the point at which I could do nothing about it at all, Joshy threw up. I don’t want to get gross, but I’m talking exorcism level puking.
We got home and took care of things, and Sarah and I decided to take shifts with our sweet boy on the couch. All of this led to me being awake from 4 am on, and this was a busy day.
In fact, there was a game once a long time ago where Mario Lemieux scored five goals, all five possible ways (Even strength, Power play, Short Handed, Penalty Shot, Empty Net), and I realized in this season, specifically the month of March, I am scheduled to do, at least once, everything a pastor can do. Preaching, weddings, funerals, baptism, communion, liturgist, worship leader. And I know, some of you are solo pastors for whom this is your daily reality. But I’m an associate who quite happily sits back and preaches once a month, so I’m getting some whip lash if you know what I mean. But, I’m excited for the challenge, and I’m ready to let my metaphorical mullet fly.
All to say, exactly one day after saying I was going to re-establish my habits, things almost fell apart. I am just now sitting down at the table to do the lectionary, to blog, and to log my meals. I missed the gym and there’s not much I can do about that. But tonight represents a moment of discipline, because while I’d really like to go to bed now, I’m getting this done. Because self-change is slow work, but it also has to be intentional work. I don’t want to let one bad day ruin the whole enterprise.
If you’re like me, and you’re trying to figure out some new habits, stick with it. Even when things get hard, the work will be worth it. I promise.