They say you are what you eat. I am a lot on this particular day. Sticking with the theme, the day began with breakfast: sausage and toast with local honey. I spent most of the morning getting all things together to feed a college team that is volunteering with our local Habitat affiliate. So that meant fixing a pasta salad, going to the deli to pick up sandwiches, and delivering them to Habitat. As soon as I could get the food out of my trunk I was headlong towards lunch where I was to meet my ordination mentor.
It is nice to have someone who will help you reflect on your experiences: someone who has been in your shoes, who has experience and can help you pinpoint issues. I have had 2 mentors that have done that quite well. The double bonus us that I am learning from their example the goodness of being a mentor. Even at 34, I am considered young. So I look forward to getting to the place where I can mentor others.
After lunch I had time to deal with a phone call I had gotten early in the morning. A woman had called needing assistance. M. had been helping this woman for several days now. This woman has lost almost everything she has and is on the brink of homelessness. She is working her butt off filling out applications, going to interviews, the works–all without a car or an address. It is an almost impossible situation, one that she is really working on the right way. So when my phone rang, I knew enough to where I didn’t have to doubt her story or wonder about her competence. Of course, those ought not be barriers anyhow. In need of lodging, our church agreed to help extend her stay at a very cheap local hotel for 2 more nights. With a little saved up in our discretionary fund, we were actually able to help her get some groceries as well. I can’t say that this will solve her problems, but I am glad that my church sets aside a little every month to help folks like her. I pray that God goes with her and opens up some opportunities for her.
Before a meeting, M. made a great and simple chicken and pasta dish. It was really delicious.
1a) Driving the Speed limit: With so much running around, I was really undisciplined. 2:4
1b) Foul Language: Two slip-ups. 2:4
2) Fasting Lunch: Nope. 1:4
3) Giving Up Facebook: Yep. 4:4
4) Reading: Yep. 4:4
5) Something b’t God and me: OK. 3:4
6) Visitation: Got one good one in, as well as some good phone calls. 4:4
7) Guitar: 1:4