Sundays are good to rest and appreciate God and the grace you have from him. It’s really a beautiful day here in north central California. I live close to Santa Cruz. Even in summer it can be a bit nippy here, due to the cold Pacific ocean fog, but when it passes, it’s gorgeous. I live amid the redwoods a little further inland from the ocean. Down the street from me is a state park with some truly giant trees. They are a wonder.
A friend of mine standing in front of one monster redwood cluster
My Pastor’s sermon this morning was great. I’m going to post a link to it when it’s available to listen to online. It was on spiritual blindness, taken from 2 Kings 6:8-22. I would say if there is anyone who is an Elisha in my life, it is him. Solid.
I led a class this morning on evangelism. I don’t consider myself “good at evangelism.” I don’t know who would qualify. I’m just trying to follow his word as best I can, warts and all. The class is simply applying the Word to the mission he gave. It begins and ends with love. We’re not pushing religiosity. Jesus hung out with “sinners,” irritating the religious crowd. He showed us a pattern. So really, in the class we just talk about how he did things. We’re all trainees, hoping against hope to see others come to know him.
I wasn’t well prepared for class today. I wanted to be, and tried to be, but every time I tried to work, I got distracted by a need. I figure it’s better to practice what I’m studying, when called on, so I left it in God’s hands that I had a hard time winging through today’s discussion.
The main church service starts after my class. We begin with worship songs. I’ve been somewhat distracted of late by a very pretty woman that comes. I don’t actually know her. She seems very upbeat and pleasant. I’m single. I don’t know about her. Even if she is single (which I would find hard to believe) I don’t see myself in her league. Still enjoy the view though. (-: It’s more like appreciating a cool Vette.
I’ve been thinking about some of my posts. I resay some things I’ve written in the past. Sometimes I cover the same theme from a slightly different angle. I figure that maybe this time I have an improved take on it. Mostly I’m thinking out loud, always trying to improve. When I go through hard times, I push my thoughts and feelings to the surface just so I can unwind the knots. I think it will probably help someone else trying to figure things out. Or maybe someone will have a cool thought for me in discussion.
Yesterday, my friend Sean made me feel like a million bucks just by spending some time together with our girls at a reservoir called Loch Lomand. I get to feeling isolated, which is not wholly true, I mean, I have friends and my kids, and they are great. But I don’t get to spend a lot of non-work time enjoying people’s company. They are either too far away or busy with their own lives and families.
For ten years of my life, I cleaned houses for a living. It’s not pleasant work, but the real blessing of it is becoming a part of different families lives. You see everything. You experience family events and holidays with them over years. You see their kids grow up. You help make their lives better. I haven’t done that in a long time, but I still very much enjoy seeing the people around me changing and growing. Feels like getting older makes me really want to form deeper bonds with people.