Last night, I visited the “new” Busch Stadium and saw the Kansas City Royals play the St. Louis Cardinals. That picture was the view from my seat. I was at the game with one of my good friends from seminary and his wife. They live about an hour east of St. Louis and he’s a huge Royals fan and she’s a converted Royals fan (she’s also a Cubs fan). I got to spend a few days with them and that was a blessing and encouragement.
This was my first time at the “new” Busch Stadium. My first ever MLB game was at the old Busch Stadium back on Labor Day 2002. I had not been to a game in St. Louis since the stadium was opened in 2006. I’ll say this, this stadium is better than the old one. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the stadium. Granted, I didn’t do too much exploring on the main level as seats were upper deck. And there was a great view from those seats. The problem was it felt kind cramped to me and not as open. For a newer stadium, would think there would be a little more openness. Speaking of newer stadium, no wi-fi access. Or better put, there were account to try to access but wouldn’t work. For a stadium in 2014, that should be available. And there wasn’t much food options in the upper deck, other stadiums I’ve been to have had better options, but like I said didn’t explore as much main concourse where they’re probably more options.
As for the game itself, it was an entertaining game. I was expecting it to be a pitchers duel between Royals ace James Shields and Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia. But nope, turned out to be a slugfest. Cards hit a couple of home runs, including a grand slam and a pinch hit home run. Royals scored six runs in one inning and had a home run on their end as well. The lead kept changing hands back and forth. It took a run by the Royals in the top of the 9th to take the lead and the Royals’ closer Greg Holland to nail down the save in the 9th to get the win for the Royals. It was a fun game and a great win to watch.
I’ve now been to 5 MLB ballparks (Safeco Field-Seattle, Kauffman Stadium-Kansas City, Turner Field-Atlanta, Great American Ball Park-Cincinnati, Busch Stadium-St. Louis). At some point, I hope to visit all the Major League stadiums.
I like to write. Writing is something that I like to do. Well, I should say creative writing is something I like to do. I never was a big fan of writing research papers in high school, college or grad school. Granted, I could write them and did pretty well if I put my mind to it. Even if I didn’t, I usually ended up with a pretty good grade. Regardless, writing is something that I enjoy doing and am decent at it.
Writing is an outlet for me to express myself. Growing up I would write poems or short stories. Some of those I still have in some notebook that is stored away. Some have been lost. I even wrote a novel that I started in high school and worked on for years. I eventually “finished” it and maybe someday might get around to publishing it. Then a little over 10 years ago (wow, 10 years) I started blogging. That was a way to express myself and to keep track of my journey. This led through several different blogs (LiveJournal and Xanga) and several different states and even a summer overseas. Through rough times and good times, i blogged about them.
Last year and early into this year, my writing tailed off. I wasn’t inspired to write anything and wasn’t motivated to write. I think it was the season of life I was in (and I guess somewhat I’m still in at the moment). Creatively, I was in a writer’s block. Blogging wise, there was a lot of things that I was trying to processes outside of blogging and so I wasn’t writing.
Then about the time I started this new blog, I read an article (which the author’s name now escapes me). But the author was talking about writing and sometimes you have to just write whether you’re inspired or not. And I thought about how when I was going through rough times in ministry and how writing was a way for me to process things. I knew I needed to get back to that. So taking off of the Nike slogan “Just Do It”, I’m trying to “Just Write It”. Whether it’s this blog or creative writing that I will try to do again, I know I just need to write.
I would encourage you (those who may read this) to find your creative outlet. Whether it’s writing (like me) or singing or painting or whatever it is, find that thing were you can process and express yourself. Use it as a means to share your life with others and glorify God as well.
I like good music. Now I know sometimes my definition of good music might be different from other people’s definition of it. But usually whether it’s working on a project, playing a video game, or simply driving down the highway, I enjoy listening to music while I’m doing an activity. One of my favorite artists is John Mayer. I’ve been listening to him for nearly a decade now. I have all his albums…well all his studio albums. This includes his newest album “Paradise Valley” which I picked up today.
One of the reasons I like him is because he’s a really good songwriter and there’s usually a couple of songs on each album that I can relate to my life. I think the best songwriters capture that. Those aspects that each of our lives have that we live. Whether it is the good times or the bad times, songs can tell a story and sometimes that story intersects with our own stories.
One of my favorite Mayer songs is from his album “Continuum” That song was “In Repair”. The chorus to that song was this:
Oh, it’s taking so long
I could be wrong, I could be ready
Oh but if I take my heart’s advice
I should assume it’s still unsteady
I am in repair, I am in repair
Then the refrain at the end of the song goes like this:
I’m in repair
I’m not together but I’m getting there
I think that refrain is perfect for the life of a Christian (I know Mayer was not writing from that perspective but I think it can be taken that way). I’m not perfect. I am a sinner saved by grace. God is still working in my life to make me better. I am not who I used to be but I am not who I am going to be. I am in repair and God is working on me as I follow after Him.
No matter where we are on our journey, there is music that speaks to where we are. The cool thing is that God can speak through music to share and grow you. It’s just like anything else, you have to be open and willing to listen.