New Morning Routine
I think I'm gonna replace my morning routine. Usually, I wake up later than everyone else - so I have the house to myself.
Old routine: Throw on a hoody, some coffee, crank up some rap on the stereo (makes me feel like I didn't grow up in Pekin). The rap also usually does a pretty good job of waking me from the zombie state.
New Routine: Get up a half hour earlier - put my earphones in - and take a stroll through Laura Bradley Park. I've subscribed to the James MacDonald Podcast: "Walk in the Word". The daily radio program is automatically downloaded to my iPod every morning. His teaching is incredible. Right now, he's walking me through a biblical approach to God's will (how appropriate, eh?).
I try to make it a point to take off the headphones and say "hello" when I pass people on the sidewalk. Today I met John and James (not brothers - they were about 2 miles apart - though I think I'll refer to my new friends as "the sons of thunder"). John is mentally handicapped, and works two days a week shoveling (sp?) dirt for the park. James was laid off his job a few days ago as a landscaper and is now wandering the neighborhood raking leaves to earn a few bucks. He's got two kids at home. We talked for a bit, but I always feel like my words fall short in a situation like that. Please pray that he'll find a job soon.
I like the new daily routine. Let's hope it stays "daily".