Yesterday I got myself and my kids up at 3:00 a.m. to go volunteer at the Lifetime Fitness Sprint and Olympic Triathlons.
I know, I know... already you are wondering why I titled this post "The Perfect Day"....
Well, it was perfect because:
1. Bobby told me he wanted to start getting up this early all the time because you get to watch the stars disappear, the sky turn colors, and then the sun arrive.
2. I got to cheer on about 50 of my friends from my own tri club and from clubs on the south and east sides of town. Some of these friends were with me when I ran my first marathon, and now we are all doing tri's together, too.
3. I got to wear my "Not Racing For a Reason... Leukemia and Lymphoma Society" pin and have people ask me about it.
4. I got to hold hands with my friends and pray (freely in public) in thanks for the beautiful day, the strong bodies we were given, the lives and lifestyles and opportunities (we often take for granted) that we have, that enable us to pursue fun hobbies like triathlon.
5. I got to volunteer with my lovely girlfriend Rachel, who took this picture of Ally and me. Those of you who know Ally's story will see volumes of deep meaning in this moment that Rachel captured.
6. I got to see my friend David get out of the water almost 3 minutes behind the leaders and then come in from the bike ahead of them all, starting his run with a 25 second lead.
7. I got to take a nap in the afternoon after I got home.
8. I got to take my children to the pool after my nap. And in the 75-degrees-sunny-and-gently-breezy twilight, we ate dinner together, and there was no fighting.
9. I got a call from a dear friend who is having some life-changing personal struggles. He called upon me, of all people, and asked to know more about Jesus.
10. And lastly, I got to share what I know to be True. And there is no greater honor to me, than to realize that His light in indeed shining through me.
And that is why I had The Perfect Day.