I’ll Whine If I Want To

All I know of the lyrics to the old song is, “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, CRY if I want to. You would cry too if it happened to you.

Well, it’s my birthday, and I wan’t to cry…sorta.

Maybe more like whine.

The Negatives

First, I had been planning to attend a preaching conference today. It is sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is being held just outside of Atlanta. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed on a Saturday – on my birthday – at 5:30 a.m. and then drive. I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep in the last few days and I have a knee that’s really hurting, so it wasn’t a good morning to be hitting the road dark and early. So, I’m missing out on something I really wanted to attend. That’s sad.

Secondly, my dadgum knee is killing me! Well, maybe killing is a little extreme, but it hurts to go up stairs, down stairs, use the gas peddle or brake, move it, etc. What did I do to it to make it hurt? Nothing that I know of – other than get older.

Third, after I had regretfully resigned not to go to the conference and sleep in, Jack the dog – which my wife so mercifully let into our room during the night – made it very clear he needed to go outside. So much for sleeping in.

Everyone else is still in bed. Wait, did I hear movement upstairs?

The Positives

First, I woke up, was able to get out of bed with one good knee, and made it outside where the air was fresh. I was able to make it down stairs, make my own coffee, and see and hear the falling leaves that are finally ushering in the fall season.

Second, a dear blogging friend (Jessie Jeanine) is here visiting with us! Because of having to do several other things, including drive a school bus for a football game last night, I’ve been unable to take her to my favorite coffee shop here in Chattanooga, Rembrandt’s. But now that I’m not going to the conference in Atlanta, we can go get some coffee!

Third, I get to spend a little more time in study for tomorrow’s sermons. And really, that’s a good thing; I’ve been a little stressed with finding the time to just sit and meditate on the passage I’m going to be covering…

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32

And, you know, I have to make a good impression tomorrow, too. I asked Jessie to tell me if there were any differences between the real me and the person I convey over the internet. She replied, “Wait till after I hear you preach on Sunday.” Pressure!

Incidentally, I want to thank our exchange-student-daughter, Vivian, for giving up her room for a few days and sleeping with Haley so that our guest could have a bed. However, I don’t know what German kids think about southern hospitality at this point – I think they think we’re crazy.

Fourth and finally, “This [is] the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psa 118:24 NKJV

God has been good to me, far more than I deserve – ’cause I don’t deserve anything, really. He even gave me this wonderful day at home to answer the phone, read emails and Facebook, study, drink coffee, and feed off the sympathy of others as my knee aches.

So, forgive me if I whine just a little…but it IS my birthday, after all πŸ˜‰

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13 responses to “I’ll Whine If I Want To

  1. So may I be the first blogger to wish you a VERY happy B-day! Yep, understand the knee thing. Understand the aging thing. Understand the sleeping in thing (even tho I’m morning person.) God bless you and the coffee shop and the friends for today!! (And, dear Jesus, please bless his sermon tomorrow!)

  2. Anonymous

    Happy Birthday! Mine is next week. Whooped!

  3. I love how you turned around your complaints to put them against all the blessings God has poured out on you! Your comment about just letting yourself soak in the scriptures you’re preparing to preach about reminds me of a recent Mike Metzger blog post on leisure in the classical sense – time to be contemplative. He was criticizing pastors who approach sermon prep from the left hemisphere of the brain. He writes at Doggiehead Tilt. How old are you? We’re 59 and grow more thankful for the gift of a goodnight sleep or bowels that work well (sorry to be earthy).
    Happy Birthday!

  4. atimetoshare.me

    Happy birthday πŸŽ‚πŸ˜. May God bless your u with many more.

  5. Anonymous

    Best regards, Sir, however belated. . Here’s to many more. Booyah, indeed!

  6. Happy belated birthday!
    Oh my, I’ve had my share of knee problems! I guess I need to write a post about it. Part of mine is the aging process but I also aggravated the aging process by overuse. Long story short, a young ortho doc suggested we try Ortho visc injections. Wow, he gave me a new lease on life! In case you’re driven to see a doc, ask about them. Otherwise, I ice my knees whenever they flare up. 20 minutes on then off and on for 2-3 hours.

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