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I’ve been blessed with an abundance of gifts. Creativity and a general intelligence have led me to excel in writing and music and speaking and business and oh so much more. I’ve always felt a little guilty for those gifts because I can’t possibly put them all to use at the same time. I feel the pressure every day to pour myself out and, even when I do, I still have a talent or two that didn’t get used. By not using my gifts I assumed I was putting them on the shelf to accumulate dust or being the man who received one talent and buried it (see Matthew 25:14-30) instead of doing something useful that would earn his master interest. But I’m wondering now if I’ve been looking at things upside-down.

For the last fifteen months music, in the form of worship leading, has taken precedence over writing (as evidenced by the postponed release of Rise of the Dark Sprite). Five weeks ago, I set down the guitar. I’ve set down a lot of things lately–but more on that another time.

It was a hard decision, perhaps one of the hardest of my life. Worship leading fulfilled so many parts of me, satisfying deep needs to minister to others and to celebrate the goodness of God. I miss it profoundly. In the five weeks since I said goodbye to my church I haven’t touched my guitar, either out of a deep sadness or a perpetual busyness. Probably a combination of the two. And, yes, I have been feeling a little guilty for not sharing my gifts as a musician and worship leader with a church who needs it.

But then I got to thinking…

What if my talents are like a deck-building game? Bear with me here. We’re nerds in this family. We save the world from super-villains over the holidays; hit every premiere weekend for Marvel movies; own the extended version of anything involving Middle Earth; and planned our vacation around seeing the new Star Wars move in IMAX. So it should come as no surprise to you that we delved right into a deck-building game based on The Fellowship of the Ring. The purpose of the game is to buy cards, worth abilities and victory points, that then go into your deck. Each round you deal yourself five cards, use them, and put them away to be re-dealt later. One round I’ll be wielding Legolas Greenleaf’s bow like a young Katniss Everdeen and the next I’ll have moved into defensive position with Boromir’s shield. I get five, usually awesome, cards per turn and it is up to me to put them to good use.

Now, back to my point. Perhaps my life is like a deck of cards. Each year I add a few new weapons to my arsenal (maybe a new passion for the banjo–that would be cool), and deal myself out a hand of talents. In 2015, the focus was worship leading and a new job. In 2016, I hope my focus will be writing and healing (surprise, surprise, when you have Lyme’s disease apparently you can’t work 80 hours a week). It’s not that I’m letting my God-given talent for song-writing and worship leading go to waste this year. It’s that He has handed me different cards. If I put them to waste, shame on me. But if I spend 2016 playing a great game with Legolas’ bow and choose not to pine for Boromir’s shield, then I think I will have done well.

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So I’m finally home and still utterly exhausted. Monday morning when I tried to leave Maryland I found that I had been the victim of a white-collar crime and my car had been falsely towed. While that did not make for a fun Monday, my friend Kristi (whom I was staying with) came to my rescue, held my hand through the process, and made sure I got home in one piece. It is nice to have a lawyer for a father, too.

Botanical GardensOverall, my weekend with her was great. Together with another friend we made a trip into D.C.–which was hotter than I had prepared for. There we made an epic feast on McDonalds’ chicken nuggets (a whole forty of them, for which we felt excessively greedy) before walking by Siri’s directions to the Botanical Gardens. While very little was in bloom, it was a beautiful spot to stop and spend some time. We also ventured out to a massive mall, where we saw Oz the Great and Powerful (strange movie, by the by), lapped the mall two or three times (each time is about a mile of walking so we got our exercise.  Good thing too, because we ate WAY too much over the weekend.), and joined scores of others in paper crowns to cheer on the jousting at Medieval Times.

Before heading home, I stopped at my sister’s in Nyack, New York for one night. We saw Jack the Giant Slayer in IMAX and stayed up far too late talking. On Tuesday, I could have kissed the ground of Maine when I saw the welcome sign and I just about melted when my dad walked through the door and put his arms around me. Thankfully, this week has been full of family and low-key things, for–as tired as I am from my three week trip–I have not even had the energy to write.

Recently, I was invited by a representative to write about my experience with Lyme treatment in Maine. It was a good outlet for me to discuss what I have learned and experienced, and it is my first real look-back at how my treatment has progressed. I am not sure how or if it will be used, but it certainly felt good to participate in the government by doing more than just voting.

So, this girl is once more appreciating small-town Maine life and loving being back with her family. Certainly, I miss the friends I left behind–especially Baby Isaac–but thankfully these memories will be with me forever.

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