Pastor Brett's Blog
I remember garage clean out days as a child. My brother, sister, and I hated them. Often we would do the minimum, enough to say we had done something and make it look like we cleaned, so we could get on with what we really wanted to be doing with our day. Of course, no matter how hard we tried to disguise and cover up our shortcuts, our father always knew. He would pull us aside and in frustration say, "You can't do things in a half-a@# way." It was a good lesson and I have remembered his words at other times in life when I was tempted to take shortcuts.
(This Lent, I have spent time reading a book called "The Crucified God", by theologian Jurgen Moltmann. It has helped me ask some hard questions of myself about what it means to follow in the way of Jesus, to choose the way of the cross.)
My youngest daughter, Emily, made a startling announcement about a year ago. After doing ballet, tap, and jazz dancing for over 10 years, she wanted to try something else. She wanted to start running on the high school track and cross-country teams. I guess we shouldn't have been too surprised. Emily comes from a family of runners. Andra and I both run and her sister Anna Brook runs track and cross country for Florida Southern College. Still, it caught us off guard, but we were ready to support how we could.