Meeting Ben Finegold
No chess games here. Just chess life. I learned at 5pm Tuesday that Ben Finegold had moved to Charlotte for 6 months and was giving a lecture tonight at 6:45. It would take me at least an hour to get to Charlotte, especially with rush hour traffic and needing to get supper in the fast food drive thru. Plus, I could not leave until my wife got home at 5:20 in order to watch Martin. I knew I would not get home until 11 pm and Martin could not stay up that long. So she got I home, I rushed to Charlotte with less than 5 minutes before the lecture. I listened to a good lecture with Ben's normal comical flare for jokes. I told him, "I had to drive an hour to get here, and was realling rushing." He said, "that is good, russians are great at chess." (boom-chick). Anyhow, I was also wishing that Danny Rensch could be there, with his creative one-liners. Chess is enjoyalbe regardless of who plays, but it is fun to meet people who have such great skill.
Yet finally as a side note, being a pastor, I must remind myself to not show partiality, as I am prone to do. I should be eager and excited to minister to everyone, no matter who they are. It is possible that Jesus would have me spend more time with the homeless in Charlotte than with persons of great accompishment. Persons may mistakenly think though, that someone like Ben, does not need a minister; but that is not true. We all need ministry, whether you are Carlsen, Kasparov, or any GM out there. I do not take it upon myself to just rush into someone's life and proclaim that I am their minister, for such an act would never be taken seriously.
However, I can pray that God would make me a better servant to all persons; to proclaim His Word, His Glory, and His Grace in whatever small way possible.