Hey there friends!
I am working on a series of posts that summarize our trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. on bike, but that’ll be coming later. Long story short, while I returned safely from the trip, my bike mostly did not. I had a cracked wheel, and then a bunch of other little problems pop up that kept the orange streak in the shop for far too long. However! She came home to me on Sunday, and I’ve been back in action since. It is indeed bicycling season, and I’ll not be shamed for that.
That said I’m back at work this week by bike back, and I’m a good bit tired. Yesterday the boys woke up at 5:00 in the morning, because toddlers. Today I woke up at 5:00, because men’s group + cycling. So I’m a little bit worn. And that’s tough, because today is a high writing day. I have a bunch of blog posts to write. I wanted to start in on a sermon for next week. I have some other writing that needs to be done, like recommendation letters and stuff like that. I have a lot that needs to get out, and I am just so tired that I don’t feel like getting to any of it.
I think for those of us who have any kind of creative aspect to our work, it’s important to remember that you have to take in before you can output anything worthwhile. If you’re going to cycle, you need to fuel up. If you’re going to be a writer, you need to be a good reader. If you’re going to be a parent to a pair of twins, you need to make sure that you’ve taken care of yourself. And this sounds selfish, but it’s really not. Think about the safety presentation you forget to pay attention to when you fly. Put your oxygen mask on first, before you try to help other people.
And look, sometimes this isn’t possible. Today has several deadlines staring me in the face, and there’s no time to sit back and try to rest up. But I know that the weekend is coming, and there will need to be some spaces where I pull in and take in. Specifically, I think the thing that most people need to take in is the reminder that God loves us just the way we are, and thankfully there’s always time for that reminder. I have a lot to write today, but writing does not define me. I have a lot of work on my desk, but my work does not define me. I have a lot of responsibility to be a good dad, but (ultimately) being a good dad does not define me. God’s love is what defines me, and by the by defines everything else. I am loved by God, and so I can be a good writer. I am loved by God, and so I can get some work done. I am loved by God, so I have room to love my kids. I have taken in so much input, so that I am capable of output.
So if I’m saying anything at all today, I’m saying that we all could stand to remind ourselves and each other that God loves us. Not because of what we’re potentially capable of, but because of who we are right here, and right now. I want to drink that message in as deeply as I can, and I hope you will too!