As we begin a new year, I try to begin by reminding myself of what I am doing and why I am doing it. The “why” is really more important than the “what”. As I think about upcoming posts for this blog, I decided to take a few minutes today and remind myself what Six and a Half Days is about.
I began writing Six and a Half Days to remind myself what life is about. As I write these posts, it forces me to organize my random thoughts enough to be able express them coherently… at least that’s my goal. Life happens every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As Christians, it seems more and more that Sunday mornings define our Christian walk and the other Six and a Half Days are filled with other things and often we leave our Christian walk at church every week. Our actions, language, and behaviors change as soon as we get in the car to drive home.
This blog is about living life every day. Sunday mornings are important and much needed; an essential part of life. There are some occasional posts here about that half day, but the focus of this blog is the other Six and a Half Days. How we live our lives every day. It is about living our faith, leading a family, and having fun. It is about what we do after church and the rest of the week. It is about living and leading. It is about messing up and starting over. It is about life and its struggles and victories.
My hope for this coming year is that, thorough this blog, you will find encouragement to live your life every day. It is easy to be strong and excited about your faith on Sunday morning when you are surrounded by people who share that faith. As we begin this new year, I hope you find a church to serve with, if you are already not a part of one, and commit to live your life the other Six and a Half Days.
It is that wonderful time of year again. Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and all of the festivities that go along with it. I remember as a kid, my Christmas list was multiple pages. I would grab the Sears Christmas catalog and pour through it over and over again. My Christmas list generally had the name of the toy as well as the catalog page and item number listed, just to make sure there was no confusion Continue reading “The Giving Season”
Every year around Thanksgiving, we get out a puzzle and begin building. If we finish one puzzle, we start another and continue building puzzles through the New Year. This is a fun family tradition and everyone spends a little time on it through the day. It is fun to just sit and talk while we search for the right pieces.
Over the last few years, this tradition has produced many hours of one-on-one time with each of the kids. It has also been a great time for my wife and I to spend a lot of time talking and setting goals for the upcoming year. There have been a few nights that I have stayed up late working on the puzzle for hours. Some times it gives me time to think. Other times I just get focused on the puzzle and it is a great time to clear my head.
Puzzles are good therapy. They force us to see things that aren’t there. To fill in the holes, use our imagination, and work on our logic a little. And then there is always the nice picture at the end.
Get your puzzle out and start building. Let me know what “Christmas miracles” come out of your puzzle in the comments below. Maybe it’s an improved relationship with a kid from hours spent with a common goal. Maybe it’s getting your head clear enough to solve that problem you’ve been thinking about. Maybe it’s just the feeling of accomplishment from completing a goal.
Comment below on how you’ve been “puzzled”.