It’s been nearly two weeks since my motorcycle accident, and I’m finally back at the office. The left ankle is in a cast and healing, though doctors tell me I’m still twelve weeks away from being able to put any pressure on the foot itself. Despite the pain and the awkwardness of getting around and having to prop the foot up on pillows, it’s good to be on campus again.
As the old saying goes, sometimes a change is better than a rest.
Life in the home office these last twelve days has been surprisingly full. Between crutches, a wheelchair and the loving support of Jean, Trent and Troy, I’ve been able to stay on top of things. We’ve hosted staff members for working lunches and even recorded several radio programs in the basement.
When you find yourself in a situation like this one, you’re reminded again just how convenient and helpful modern technology can be. WiFi has kept me connected and up to speed on ministry affairs. Life on the disabled list isn’t what it used to be!
Many of you have sent delightful and encouraging messages. Thank you! I’m also grateful for the many prayers that have been offered on my behalf. I have been bolstered by the support.
At the risk of being the cock-eyed optimist, there is a silver lining to the accident.
The busted ankle has forced me to scale back my travel plans this summer. While I’m disappointed to miss long-scheduled meetings and events, the upside is that I’m actually going to be home more and away less.
How good it is has been to be with the boys and Jean for an extended time with the family.
Too bad it took an accident to slow me down. In the future, I’m planning to be a bit more deliberate about planning time off.
How are you balancing work with your family life? Are you weary? Overworked? Are you debating whether or not to take that long weekend or take a vacation with the kids?
Coming from a man in my (horizontal) position, I’d strongly encourage you to seize the moment. If you can’t take that vacation, take a day or even an afternoon. Shake loose from the routine. Take the kids and go for a hike or bike ride. Go swimming or fishing. Take in a ball game. Pitch a tent in the backyard and roast marshmallows under the stars. Have a date night with your spouse.
If you’re like me and tend to measure a day by its degree of productivity, remember the words of the poet John Mansfield. “The days that make us happy,” he once wrote, “also make us wise.”
Here’s to a happy Wednesday, one and all.
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