August 18, 2021

“And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.” ~ Philippians 2:4

I had a great visit with Lily. We spent lots of time talking, she cooked me dinner while I was her sous chef, and I got to ride shotgun when we went to get pedicures so she could practice driving. Yikes!

She’s been faithfully conditioning all summer, following the plan distributed by her coach. Her efforts paid off. She was rewarded by having the fastest time for the mile run on the team. However, many of her teammates showed up for preseason workouts in less-than-ideal shape. To get the team in shape for the season ahead, the coach added 30 minutes of conditioning to preseason practices. Lily felt like she was being punished for what others failed to do.

I get that. Just when I thought we were getting ahead of COVID19, the Delta variant found easy targets in those who have not yet been vaccinated. Rod and I postponed his retirement vacation in June 2020, rescheduled it for September 2021, and have postponed it until next spring. Our consistory made the prudent decision to recommend masks for all persons in our building, and to resume social distancing.

We are in this together, and are called to look out for one another’s interests, not just our own. Please encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated. Please wear a mask to protect those who are not yet able to be vaccinated, like our children. Life together works best when we look out for others’ interests as well as our own.

Lily could quit. She could be bitter and let it affect her own play and the play of the team. But she respects and trusts her coach. She is connected to her teammates. They have a history of wins and losses and hopes for the fall season. She is all-in for the team, not matter what.

All in ~ Anne

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