Getting Old… Er, Growing Up


Wednesday November 9 is the 2011 Country Music Awards – an event once so important to me that I would put my schedule on hold so I could enjoy watching this annual awards show on tv.  For a few years now, I have committed my Wednesday nights to leading a small group for church’s student ministries.  The past 2 years, one of my kids happened to be sick on the same Wednesday nights as the awards show, so I volunteered to be the parent to stay home with the sick kid and I didn’t have to miss the show nor play hooky from youth group – I had a legitimate reason for calling in sick.  This year, there is again a virus circulating through our family, and I think I have a mild case…  but things have changed.  Even if one of my kids was ill tonight, I would be the one to go to youth group and let Hubby stay home with the sick kid(s).  Luckily, I think we’ll both be able to make it to youth group tonight, and I am so excited!  The new series we started last week is about demons, and it gave me a great connecting point with my girls – we had a great group time last week!  Now that I’m back from maternity leave and free from the distractions of pregnancy, I am stoked to build relationships with my youth group girls and help them build their spiritual relationships with Jesus Christ.  I am so excited about youth group tonight that the country awards show hardly matters to me – I might try to set up a recording device so I can watch it later, but watching it live doesn’t matter to me at all when once it was dire for my entertainment.

Maybe I’m getting old…  no, I think I’m growing up!  It’s so cool to me that God is teaching me about prioritizing and also about using my free time and leading me toward hobbies that glorify Him.  How amazing is it that I can be entertained, relaxed, refreshed, and feel fulfilled, not by doing something that only I enjoy but by doing something that affects others in a positive way as well?

5 thoughts on “Getting Old… Er, Growing Up”

  1. I think it’s just a slow virus – slow to come on, slow to leave. I felt increasingly awful as the day wore on, but there was no way I was going to miss tonight, especially after writing this post 😉 I must admit, meds helped me get thru the night. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

  2. I’m proud of you for your new priorities, and if it makes it any easier, they made me feel old because I hardly recognized any of the people participating. It didn’t seem very “country music” to me this year.

    I’m so glad you are doing so well and happy with your new additions!

  3. Here it is a week later and there is more virus… think there are 3-4 running through our house right now. Well anyway, thanks for the well wishes!
    Mysmichlle – good to hear from you again! I had that feeling a few years ago when I started to drift away from the country music scene. I hardly listen to country radio anymore, so I wonder if I will recognize the music, singers or jokes? Still haven’t watched it yet…

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