Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summertime.

My summer is turning out like most of my summers recently. Lots of huge plans at the beginning, transitioning into an 8-5 workday that leaves evenings for whatever sounds good at the time. Unfortunately, I'm not dedicated enough to my big plans to follow through on them when the rubber hits the road, so many of them never come to fruition.

Lots of the activities I planned to partake in over the summer have been done, though. I've played beach volleyball a few times, explored Grand Rapids a bit, and begun to check out some of the restaurants around the city that I didn't even know existed just a couple months ago.

I took a quick look at iPhone development, though Objective-C is completely foreign to me and it'll take a long time before I'm comfortable enough with it to make anything useful. That's one of those things I want to do, but am not in the mood to do when I have the time.

There have been a couple weddings already this summer that I've had the privilege of attending, and they were both fantastic. It's great to see friends make that kind of commitment to each other, and it should be just as great to watch them to continue to grow together. I also have the incredible privilege of standing up in a great friend's wedding in six weeks or so, and I can't wait. I still need to work on my speech a bit, though... it's gotta be perfect!

The rest of my time has been spent watching The Wire and playing Ken Griffey Baseball '93 on SNES. My apologies for being so disjointed, but that's kinda the way things have gone lately.

As far as things of actual importance go (I'm not trying to imply that marriages and The Wire aren't important), I've heard a few great sermons lately. This morning's was about Elijah passing on his ministry to Elisha, and a lot of points were brought up that I never would have picked up on. Many small details that require a knowledge of the time and culture.

More poignant, however, was my pastor's challenge to look at who in our lives is training us and grooming us to be his or her successor, and who we are grooming to be ours. I have a whole laundry list of people that have helped me, and continue to help me, grow in my faith. What I don't have yet is anyone that I consciously try to help in that way. I always tend to think that that type of relationship will come later on in life, but as my pastor mentioned, we really only need to be a step or two in front of someone in their faith journey to be a resource for them. I hope I can fill that role for someone at some point.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!