No Children, No Dogs…

So, we have no children and no dogs. The last time this was true of us was… well, I’m not sure it’s ever been true of us. We’ve always had one, the other, or both to look after, from the day after we arrived home from our honeymoon until now. Our dogs went to Alvarado with my parents at the end of last week, so as to avoid an extended and expensive period of time at the kennel while we’re at children’s camp. And Ana and Emma left yesterday morning to go back to San Antonio with Coach and Nana. Before they came to the house to pick the girls up yesterday, Ana looked at me and said, “I sure gonna miss you. You my friend, Mommy!” Aww! Then, as soon as Nana walked through the door, Ana turned to me, said, “Bye bye!” and trotted away without any trouble at all, making me question the sincerity of her first statement. Hmm. (Em was pretty much the same with her Coach. Except she didn’t even pretend that she was going to miss me!) They called last night after their seven hour drive and sounded like they were having so much fun already. I won’t lie and tell you that I’m blissfully elated by the freedom that comes with no children and no dogs… but it sure was nice to sleep in this morning without a hearty toddler’s “GOOD MORNING, MOMMY!” or a dachshund’s wet nose in places it most definitely shouldn’t be. (Of course, I did get up early enough to take out the trash. Can’t throw all responsibility out the door this week!)

We had a great Memorial Day weekend. Coach and Nana arrived in town on Friday and spent the weekend here. Lots of Wii games, sidewalk chalk writing, and outside playtime — our girls were thrilled. (Yes, Ana enjoys the Wii more than anyone in our house. She loves Mario Kart, although she hardly ever wins since she enjoys driving herself in circles. To each her own, I guess.) Emma was especially pleased by the Playplace at McDonald’s and by getting to eat her lunch at the little table in front of the slides. She was super cute while doing it, too!

Yesterday, our church started revival services. Wes brought a professor from the seminary to preach the series, and he was right on with all that he said. It wasn’t like a revival service from the glory days of revival, but I tend to think in our postmodern culture that those methods are…. well… finished. I won’t go into it because my husband has already done so on his blog and done a FABULOUS job of explaining it all. Check it out here. I’m just as guilty as the next person, but the truth is that “come to Jesus” revivals accomplish nothing of eternal significance because we don’t have unsaved/lost friends who we’re inviting to revival services. (If we even have unsaved/lost friends at all! And if we do, what hypocrites we are for bringing them to a fancy speaker/pastor to share a message with them that we should have been sharing with them all along.) But that’s neither here nor there, and like I said, Wes does a much better job writing about it.

Anyway, our speaker was right on. He had our church very correctly pinpointed in terms of growth and where we are right now, and he challenged us to look at where we ourselves are spiritually and why our lives produce no spiritual fruit in the community around us. VERY convicting. Wes and I took him to dinner last night, and he repeated a question he had concluded our afternoon service with — “Is this worth the death of Christ?” What I’m doing at the church, what I’m spending my own time doing, what I give my time, energy, and life to — is this worth the death of Christ? This really resonates with me today, knowing that the only things worth the death of Christ are the things that make an eternal impact in the lives of others… and knowing that I do very little, even in my constant doing, working, and activity in our church that actually is worth the death of Christ. I don’t know how we get away from all of life being lived for the glory and exaltation of Christ, but I know I keep getting away from it. I don’t want to lose the lessons learned already this week. I don’t want to be complacent in the slightest bit anymore when it comes to Christ’s purpose for us. Life is too short and the mandate too crucial to just spend my time doing what doesn’t count eternally.

Hope you’re having a great start to the week. Happy Memorial Day!

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