If You Could Go Back And Relive One Day – Plinky Response

Q: If you could go back and relive one day of your life, which one would it be?  And why?

A:  Of course, so many days come to mind.  Jun 6, 1999 – Dec 19, 1999 – Feb 2, 2006… and so on.  Days that changed my life, days that opened up entire new worlds to me.  Days that, had I made a different decision, would have resulted in my life taking a completely different path.  When I think about where the decisions made and actions taken on these days have led me, there’s a sense in which I wouldn’t want to go back – I’d be afraid of taking the wrong path at some critical juncture and completely changing the way things are.

But if I had to pick a day, it would probably be a birthday.  One of the life lessons I’m so grateful to have learned is that even though you may not think you are anything special, the people that love you do think so.  And they want to celebrate you, and celebrate with you.  Those days – where your loved ones go out of their way for you, to make you actually feel as special as they think you are… those days are unforgettable.

I thank God for all my birthdays, and especially for the one I just had.  But all those birthdays are made meaningful by the people that I share them with.  The people I love, and who love me.

So yeah… for me, a birthday.  How about you?

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5 Things I’ve Learned By Going to Zambia – Now That I’m Back

To finish off this series (see here and here), this is a selection of some of the lessons learned coming off our mission trip.  After this, I promise to stop blogging about Zambia for a while.

5) Football is awesome.

I haven’t been much of a sports fan since Jordan hung it up for the second time, but who in the world isn’t a football fan during World Cup? The Beautiful Game – Is any sport more aptly named?  I wasn’t able to watch any of the first round, but when I got back I was completely overcome by football fever for a while.  Good times.  Especially for somebody like me, who isn’t a fan(atic) and doesn’t come from a country that’s represented.  I just get to enjoy good football.

4) “It ain’t where you’re from…”

They say that happiness is Lubbock in your rear view mirror.  For me, it seems to be working out a little differently.  After living here a year, Bridget and I are really enjoying ourselves in the Hub City, and we were really glad to get back.  Of course, one could argue that sleeping in your own bed after two days of travel time will be always be great, no matter what town that bed is located in.  But it’s more than that – I feel like I’ve found a second home here with extended family and friends.  It will be hard to leave here in another year’s time.

3) It doesn’t just happen

I’m glad I’ve taken the time to write this series.  While part of the exercise has just simply been about keeping people informed, it’s certainly helped me to collect and distill my thoughts.  This has just been a small part of my private journalling efforts, and I really believe that I’d have missed a lot of my own experiences if I wasn’t actively recalling, reflecting, and writing.  Can I preach for a minute?  Don’t miss your life because you’re too busy to notice it happening, or too wrapped up in TV and FB, or too lazy to just think about it for a minute.  Grab a pen and paper, find some quiet time… hey, start a blog.  Whatever, but do something! Take a minute and reflect on your life, and the lessons you should be learning.  It doesn’t just happen.

2) I’m going back

Don’t yet know how, or when, or for how long, or in what capacity… but I intend to be back in Zambia.  Mark it down.

1) I’m going forward

I think I like this.  Athens or Singapore next!

Bonus

A lesson often-glimpsed, often repeated, ever being learned.  Universal in scope, unfathomable in depth, indescribable in realization. God is good!