Thursday, May 08, 2003

Forty-Day Immersion: Day 12

The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. 10:4 The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 10:6 Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, The Message

Day 12

Maybe this should be considered Day 11, part 2.

I love it whenever I write passionately about something and the rest of the day challenges that attitude! Yesterday it was all about being positive, and how important it is to maintain that attitude. Then I went into the actual day, and everything from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm was a challenge to see if I really meant it.

I really meant it, and I really mean it.

It doesn't matter if Baltimore parking was shut down for a day baseball game. I was able to talk to the people in the hospital over the phone - and one of them was released before nightfall.

It doesn't matter that the laptop is broken. It also doesn't matter that Apple says it will cost $539.00 because a plastic washer that locks the battery in place is not under warranty. Technically skilled people say that they can make it work. I vote for duct tape - it will give the iBook more of a "productivity tool of the people" look.

It doesn't matter that I left my Palm (read: brain) at the repair shop. It was there when I got back to retrieve it.

What causes my patience and outlook to be challenged doesn't matter. God decides day by day what I need in my life to cause me to get to the next level that day to prepare me for the next day, and the next. I can trust Him for every aspect of the process.

It simply was a day of inconveniences. Not one big problem, just a stack of little ones - and not that high a stack, either.

I can't control the day, but I can control my response to it, and my attitude toward during it.

Did I have a bad day? No way. Not even close. Everything that's really important is still intact, and I guess that's always the point.

Trust me on it; I'm positive.

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