This season is busy for everyone. But, it is especially busy when you work in the retail industry. Add to that, religious musicians tend to get most of their work during this time of year, and then there's the holidays... and having ten children during the holidays, two with birthdays in December. Sometimes I just need to find oxygen.
But, my real excuse for not having any deep theological or cultural insight to share this week is because I have to take a test next week. And being as this test may potentially change my life forever and I haven't taken any such test for over 20 years, I need to invest some time in study... okay, a lot of time.
So, I've learned a few things about myself in this process.
1. Laying down and trying to relax doesn't work. There is no off button for stress or pressure.
2. Prayer is a valuable tool; but only if it is a two-way communication between me and God, not me just sounding off in a heavenward direction simply because, well, complaining to my wife and kids gets me nowhere.
3. Time is not the enemy. It's just time. And whether it is moving quickly or slowly, it's still moving. That means that there is still a future.
4. There are no guarantees. And, typically, I find myself stressed and strained because I want one, even though, all the other issues in my life that I've taken for granted, have no guarantees either.
5. Even though the decisions and preparations I invest have the potential of changing my life for good, sometime in the future, the dishes aren't going to do themselves.