Here overseas, I went to work on the holiday. This is something that I am not very fond of doing by the way. Everyone who knows me know that I am a family guy. So I thought about all of the times that I would get some sort of BBQ, what movies to watch, and what time I would turn on my favorite football games the entire week prior.

I walk into the office only to find out that no one else was in the building! So I thought, yes! Do I really have to be here? No, not really. My mind began to race with all of the things that I thought I could do with the rest of the day. In the States I would take a ride and just watch other people enjoy the holiday. But, what was I gonna do here? I don’t have a car. I can’t just leave post. And, I don’t have cable. But, I figured I would go to the Post Exchange and see what they have and maybe binge watch the new season of Narcos on Netflix. They were all very good thoughts until I got back to my room. The heat was so unbearable that I couldn’t stand. As soon as I got out of my sweaty uniform the first thing that I did was lie down. The next thing I knew it was 90 minutes later and hadn’t done anything productive. I didn’t call anyone; since everyone was sleep around this time. I didn’t go to the gym yet. By the time I got through all of my emails it would have been time for me to get off of work. Now I was back on “normal people’s time”.

I guess it was nice to have my own rule for the time period, but I would have rather given some more meaning to the world this time around. I guess that’s what happens when we get older. We look for more ways to have more of an impact on the world given the position that we are currently in. Not all days off are needed in my opinion. I know some people that go to work on the holidays ON PURPOSE.Simply, because they have more of a purpose outside of the home. I mean, what else do you do when you’ve raised your children and have done all of the “young stuff”. It’s definitely not a problem. Especially if one loves what they are doing. My point is observing the holiday is not a bad thing. But, I don’t think it’s a necessary call to waste the day. Finding purpose everyday is the ultimate goal. Mine is simply being the best father, husband, and Bishop I could be. And that is simple to care about people with a Christ centered position. It really is that simple. What’s your’s?

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