This Labor Day weekend requires an end-of-summer jump stop and whirl-around to face the fall. I’m grateful. I am slow clapping for the Lord. I’ve loved the travel free, relaxed rhythm and been fulfilled by writing and reflecting. My golf game had a moment or two of hope, but it largely failed to meet my expectations again. Kind of like the Cubs. But in a strange way, these disappointments are reassuring. My world will unsettle if I actually get into a 3X weekly golf routine that improves my scores. It will unravel to the core when the Cubbies get to the World Series.
Now I’m ready to move on.
It feels like I just had a great sleep. Now I’m stretching, grabbing my coffee, and revving up for a big ol’ season switch. The stuff ahead looks so compelling, so invigorating, so challenging I can’t wait to get into it!
There may come a day when the only thing I look forward to is the results show on America’s Got Talent. That will be sad for me. I think it will be a loss for the world, too. No brag; just fact. God has me on Planet Earth for a purpose and every day’s adventure is to bend my decision-making, use my hours and engage other people around what Jesus wants. I’m glad he leans in to provide strength and guidance as I strain to lean away from my own tendency to go it alone.
Back in the day when I played noon basketball twice a week I was a slow-moving big man. As I strolled from the defensive end of the court to where our team shoots the ball I would plant myself on the block (a box marking on the floor next to the free throw lane), butt up against my opponent, and pivot around with my arms outstretched, looking for the ball to be passed to me from a teammate. If I was ready and having a good game, the basketball would come into me and my team would expect me to score.
This weekend marks a seasonal pivot. The ball is coming my way. I expect to score in the months ahead.
I think it’s also possible to plant and pivot each week…and even each day. When I’m on a roll there’s nothing better than getting a perfectly timed pass from the Lord and knowing in my bones that he thinks I’ve got something important to offer in this moment.
Lord, help me power into the pivot to be ready for whatever you want from me. Thanks for believing in me.