Every morning, without fail, the kids ask me if we can walk to school. The problem has been that they ask at 7:55 a.m. School starts at 8:05 a.m. and is between a third and a half mile away from our house. With all of that considered, I would regularly say “Not today. If you can get ready by 7:30, then we’ll try to walk to school.”
At 7:30 this morning, they asked if we could walk to school. They were pretty close to ready, so I reluctantly agreed. I was planning on going to a lecture at Anderson University this morning that started at 9. My original plan was to drive them to school and then head on to AU, since it’s about a half an hour drive to the school. I’ve been determined to become better at “Leading with a ‘Yes'” both in leading our church and in raising our kids. I’d rather say ‘Yes’ much more than ‘No.’ I think my reflex is more ‘No’ than ‘Yes.’ So, trying to say yes more than I say no to our kids – which means I told them we’d walk to school today.
We didn’t get out of the house until 7:45, which is usually pretty good. Cutting it close when you’re walking to school, though. Long story short, we got to school on time. It was around 8:00. This delayed my departure for AU by about 15-20 minutes. Long story short, I didn’t get to AU until 9:00. Couldn’t find a parking place right away. I finally arrived at the chapel about 10 minutes late.
I was wrong.
The chapel was approximately 1/4 the size of ESR’s. And it was packed! So much for not causing a disruption. I quickly decided to abandon my plans to attend the lectures today. Although I like the topics, I wasn’t planning on attending tomorrow’s sessions. Maybe I’l go anyway.
But that’s OK, though. I happened to bring our new laptop with me (did I mention we bought a new laptop? It’s sleek, lightweight, and it was cheap – the most important quality in a laptop right now), so I walked over to the Library and decided to do some research for the new sermon series I’m starting this week. I’ve managed to accomplish quite a bit this morning. I’ve signed up for lending privileges at AU’s Library, downloaded several sermons dealing with the topic we’ll be discussing the next 6 weeks or so, and found some more resources online. It’s such a busy week for me this week that this will probably turn out to be a very good thing. It’s funny how plans can change at a moment’s notice. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.