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A Great Weekend

Yankee Stadium

I am writing from northern New Jersey where I am working with my friend Bill von Husen in Maywood.  Bill founded Crossroads Community Church here five years ago, and is doing a great job.  Last night, we had leadership from eight churches come together to talk about the implications of the purpose message for church work and life today.  I thought it was a great session.

Today we visit Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to see the Yankees play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  I am not going to root for either team; I just want to see the game and say that I was there. I have been to Yankee Stadium once before and found it to be a spiritual experience of a different kind!  When you sit where Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Roger Maris and Reggie Jackson once performed, you realize that you are really in a special place where baseball is concerned.

The weather is hot, so I have mixed feelings about sitting in 90-degree weather for three hours.  But that's the price you pay if you are a baseball fan.   I have plans to see three more games this summer in Washington DC, Seattle and Pittsburgh before I leave for Africa on August 22.  That means I will have seen six games in person this summer.  Not bad given my travel schedule and work load.

It takes some work and planning to do what you love but I have found it worth the effort.  How about you?  Are you working to have some fun?  Or are you waiting for those things to just happen?  They seldom do, so why not decide what you enjoy and then go for it!  I'd write more, but I don't want to miss the first pitch.  It's time to have fun!

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