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So many times I've broken dates with my family to do something for the
church. Below is an excerpt from by
Boomerang Mandate, Returning the Ministry to the people of God"
that tells about a time I got it right.
spring, Susan and I scheduled a getaway weekend at a bed and breakfast
in a nearby resort community. She arranged for someone to keep the boys
and I called to make the reservations. It was five years since we last
went somewhere together, and we were anxious to go.
Monday, when I arrived at
the office, I immediately reached for my calendar to reserve the dates.
I couldn't believe it! I was scheduled to teach a class at a nearby seminary
on the Saturday we would be gone. I sat in silence for a few moments and
thought about my options. I knew that the academic dean wouldn't be too
happy if I canceled the class and that doing so could create conflict and
ultimately jeopardize my job. I didn't know how he would react, but I knew
what Susan's response would be. She is always supportive and understanding.
She never complains when I cut vacations short or make it home late from
work; I knew she would understand.
Like I'd done so often, I
picked up the phone and called home. "Susan, I've got some bad news." I
heard the disappointment in her voice as I explained the scheduling conflict.
"What should I do, Baby?" "It's OK Jim. Do whatever you need to do." In
that split second, I made my decision. "Thanks, Sue, you are always so
understanding. I've got to go, Susan" "What's the hurry?" she asked. "Well,
I've got to call the seminary and tell them to cancel the class or reschedule
it. I'm going to take my wife away for the weekend!"
I didn't need a picture phone
to see her response. She was smiling from ear to ear.
What? You didn't think I'd
avoid a little conflict at work and miss a weekend with my beautiful wife,
For more information on The
Boomerang Mandate, go to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0966177819/freshministry
the Affair is with the Church," the sermon that corresponds to this