I sometimes wonder what is wrong with me. Okay, I wonder that quite often.
One of the ways I struggle is with saying, “no.” I want to speak as often as possible to help those who need to hear (and myself, through study and preparation), but sometimes those speaking engagements run together, and life gets tiring.
These next few days are an example of that. Here’s what I have coming up:
I’ll be speaking three times at the Youth Day for the Central church of Christ in Paducah, Kentucky, on Saturday. The three topics are “Where Have You Been?”, “Where Are You Now?” and “Where Are You Going?” If you are near Paducah, come by for an uplifting day with some good young people.
Then, from Sunday through Wednesday, I’ll be speaking in a series of Gospel Meetings for the church of Christ in Vienna, Illinois. My family moved to Vienna when I was less than one-year-old, and moved away in 1985. Though it has been many years, there are still several people there I remember, and I look forward to seeing again. I’m excited to spend some time with the pulpit minister, Bill Brandstader, as well. Services are Sunday at 9:30; 10:30; and 6:00, and Monday through Wednesday at 7:00 PM.
Finally (and more about this next week), I’ll be leading singing for the Englighten Youth Rally in Henderson, Kentucky, next Friday and Saturday.
All told, we’ll be gone from this afternoon through next Saturday night, then I’ll preach and teach at Lebanon Road on Sunday, May 4. Who makes that schedule?
One of the great things about this trip is that we’ll be able to stay with my parents in Paducah for most of it. Leah and the kids are going with me (which I always enjoy!), and that’s so good for them. We’ll miss our place in Nashville, but we’ll also enjoy seeing family and speaking the great news of Jesus!
On to the links for this week:
1. Each of us only gets 24 hours in a day. How do we make the most of it? Jeff Foster provides some tips.
2. Abilene Christian University made a controversial change recently dealing with drinking alcohol. Steve Higgenbothem’s blog led me to this article from Brotherhood News about the policy change.
3. Benevolence is one of the hardest things about “church work,” but it also yields some of the most touching stories. Drew Kizer shares one of those stories.
4. The Journey of Life makes a confession about reading through the entire Bible. I like this article because it is so “human,” and it helps us see that we can make time for reading all 66 books.
I hope you have a great weekend. I’ll do my best to post a few things next week. Remember the Lord, especially on His day.