Counseling, Fight Threats, and Car Sales

The last five days have been extremely not normal for me; since Thursday it seems like my life has been moving in fast forward and God has been stretching me all over the place.

It started with a discussion with some mentors and friends regarding the condition of, and growth in, my life and marriage. It was a beneficial time of both reflection and disclosure. Sharing the inner happenings of my mind and heart does not some naturally for me, but it is an area that I am forcing myself to grow in because I know my future depends on it.

After spending two hours discussing my junk, my wife and I met up with a friend and her husband. They are going through some very difficult times because of some very stupid choices the husband made. We did our best to share our story with them and offer what ever counsel and hope we could. Afterwards I felt like God was using that experience to show me how he is still preparing me for a life of ministry and service with others.

Then Saturday morning brought a couple phone conversations that would rock my weekend. Long story short...the fall-out of a failed financial interaction with an employee at my store resulted in a man yelling profanities at me over the phone and threatening to wait for me after work and beat me. Let me just say this, I am not a fighter. And the thought of being involved in a physical altercation with someone who is possibly psychotic didn't necessarily excite me. But God was faithful, again, and he used the situation to speak to me and draw me closer to himself. I thought a lot this weekend about Jesus teachings on non-violence, peace-making, the nature of true power, and about how my life as a Christ-follower can bring glory to God in heaven. And in the end, the guy never showed up. Nice.

I also sold my pick-up this weekend. It was sort of sad. I have been driving that truck since 2001. But the car I'm driving now gets much better gas mileage. And I was able to sell it to someone who really needed a vehicle.

Long weekend. I didn't even say anything about Father's Day. Thankfully there was no drama involved, just some good times with my family and lots of food. Tiger Woods choked, but that doesn't matter much.

I gotta sleep now. Big day tomorrow. I'll tell you more later.