It is all about me, right? It is amazing at how ego-centric I can be at times. I know that I am part of a larger world but all I can typically focus on is me and my problems (that often aren’t real problems, I am just not handling them well…somebody moved my cheese!). In this short paragraph alone the word “I” was used five times!
I was totally blown away this weekend by my wife throwing me a surprise birthday party. Somehow she got almost all of our local friends to show up. It was great! We had karaoke, a pinata, grilled burgers and hot dogs, pineapple-upside-down cake, white cake with strawberry frosting, a gelatin thing with whip cream on top, a “sand” box that was supposed to be the beginnings of a patio that I had not completed yet (the kids figured it was there for them), and a luau theme. Stuff was everywhere. I loved it. I didn’t care for being surprised since I like to have everything in order outside before folks come to enjoy the lawn, but in the end it doesn’t matter and I had a blast.
If it did anything it helped me to realize the importance of relationships again. I learned that my closest friends think like I do but they don’t necessarily dress like I do or do the things that I would do (such as karaoke loud enough to where the neighbors could have called the cops for noise pollution). I don’t know if I like all of my closest friends thinking like me. I need to step out of my protective bubble and get a diversity of friends. Why though? I don’t know. It just seems like the right thing to do in this pluralistic society we live in so that I can get all sides of Pandora’s box before drawing my line in the sand. Still, I love the friends that I have. They make me laugh and they are loyal. You can’t ask for a better friend than one who is loyal to the relationship. I am not always there for them like they are for me. Shame on me for that and I am slowly beginning to see how I use people and only help them when it is convenient for me and not necessarily in their best interest. I definitely have some selfish tendencies that need to succumb to humility, kindness, and goodness sometime soon.
I really need to go to bed. Thanks for all who participated in the prayer blog last week. Feel free to comment more on it. I will probably do a follow-up post to it in the next week or two so be looking for that (I might email it out).
Love to all,