I am a man who finds joy in service. I have been blessed with many skills. Skills that can benefit others. I'm a teacher, an executive director, a manager, a mentor, a counselor, a friend. I've spoken in front of hundreds. I've worked with thousands of people in our community. Yet, some of my best moments are when I use my gifts that are appreciated in the simplest ways.
This past weekend was my son's birthday. He is a pretty easy going little dude. He doesn't talk much. He is in that preteen stage where having a conversation is like pulling teeth. All he wants to do is play games. I could have gone through the efforts to plan some extravaganza of a party. But that's not his style. So we plan a game night. Projectors, surround sound, PS3, Wii, tournament, pizza, and friends. Now for someone else this might sound like a bit much but I'm an honorary member of many AV clubs. (Nerd talk for audio visual, you know, the red, yellow, and white plugs). I sit back and enjoy the evening. No big deal.
The next day my son is riding with me and just looks over and says, "That was the best birthday party ever." I smile. Joy.