>Mellowing With Age

>Want to know what I did today?  Went to work, came home, fixed dinner, watched soccer and baseball, worked out, finished the baseball game, and then went to bed.  Or, to put it another way, I did things that would cause my 18 year-old self to beat me senseless.  What happened to me??

I couldn’t stand soccer or baseball until a couple of years ago, and now I love both of them. It’s a strange change…I can’t really explain why or when, it just happened.  I wore a Man U jersey to work today and my Rangers t-shirt to work out, which is still surreal to me. I’m not sure how I got to this stage, but I sure do enjoy it.

Today at school I had the good fortune to walk in on a great conversation about baptism and the concept of an evolving faith.  I didn’t really know what I was doing when I was baptized, because I have such a deeper understanding of love and sacrifice now than I did at 14.  I’m sure when I have kids, grandkids, my own house, and various other life-milestones that my understanding will only deepen and continue to change.

That’s one of the things I appreciate, even cherish, about my relationship with Christ.  It’s going to change, evolve, adapt.  I’ll be wrong about some things, miss some things, and be dead on for others.  And one day, sooner or later, I’ll be able to look around and see Him and wonder to myself “how did I get here?” And Christ will say to me, “Well done good and faithful servant. Don’t worry about the ‘how’, just enjoy it.”

No Scripture today. It’s late and we’re talking about the Rangers. I think I get a pass.

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>Filling in the Gaps

>I found out yesterday that a new class has been added to my load at WCS: Senior Bible.  See, all of the other classes have actual biblical titles like Old Testament Survey or Acts and the Pauline Epistles.  Senior Bible is special…its the stuff we couldn’t figure out any place to put it, like Hebrews or James or 1 and 2 Peter, as well as an emphasis on the parables of Christ.

I’m actually excited about this assignment.  Granted, its more work and another prep to do for each day, but it also fills in the story.  I was amazed last year how my biblical knowledge increased over the verses I covered in class, but found myself lacking in two main areas: the Gospels and the stuff no one understands. Conveniently, a lot of that is what Senior Bible is!  So at this time next year I will have literally studied and taught every book of the Bible.

There isn’t any big insight from this, other than its of course important to read God’s Word.  I’m just pumped I get to do it with some students who need to hear what God has to say to us.

Here’s to an excellent year!

“Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.”  Ezekiel 3:3