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Twice this morning, I found a better route (the first, significantly shorter, the second, avoiding a big hill and a busy intersection – two things that are important when you’re on a bicycle in the summertime in Durham, North Carolina). I was able to navigate around these obstacles because I’ve been in Durham so long.

Here at the beginning of the year, I am reading through the book of Genesis. Actually, I am mostly listening: my morning routine has become jump on the treadmill, fire up my Bible app and listen until I can't run any further (which isn't very far!) Listening to this foundational book of the Bible, you can't help but notice: these men and women are a mess! (Just like the Jedi.)

I like order, and I have high expectations. These are two things that don't always help in relationships, especially the ones you do not choose – you know, the relationships you are born into (family) and the relationships you have to have (neighbors and co-workers). In these cases, most of the time, you just have to work with what you have and do the best you can.

I’m not sure how clearly it comes through in my writing, but I am a fairly moody person. It is not unusual for me to wake up feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. Maybe something didn’t go right yesterday. Maybe an important relationship is feeling a little strained. Maybe life isn’t working out as I expected. Whatever the cause, it can lead to mornings – and if I am not careful, the rest of the day – feeling let down. (Charlie Brown has always made perfect sense to me.)

Some of my goals in life are to always be happy, always be sure, always be confident and excited about what I need to do next. But, apparently, these were not Jesus’ goals.