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Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh how the years go by

I remember when I was young and life seemed to pass by so slowly. Now at 52, it seems to be running at a whirlwind pace. You turn around and you and all your friends are turning old and grey. This life is a vapor, a brief mist, a puff of smoke - and it is gone. Life is short so make the most of it. Make every minute count!
Time - I often hear people say that they do not have time for this or that, but a person "makes time" for what or who is important to them. Do you spend time with your kids? Do you tell your wife you love her? Do you spend time with God? What really matters to you? Do you want money? Do you want fame? Do you want children? What do you Worship?
Two birds fly over the same desert, one finds a sweet flower to suck on, but the other one finds dead meat. One bird is a Hummingbird, the other is a Vulture. You get out of life the things that you are looking for, it is a matter of perspective. (From Leroy Hoopman's book "Beauty Care for the Tongue")
What do you want? Sometimes that is not an easy thing to decide. There are so many choices, but one must choose. Indecision is not an option, it too is a choice. "You win or lose by the way you choose." I came up with a saying that I think is noteworthy. "Never look to man for things that only God can give to you." (Michael G. Montague) There are some things that no man can bring, no decision will led to, no dream will awaken unto, but God is able to perform and bring to completion. Sometimes it is not in what you do, but in who you are - in your character.
Sometimes life is like a bucket, you only get out of it what you put into it. Sometimes other people put junk and crud in our bucket or basket that we do not want, and it does not go away by itself. Someone, usually the "self" or "God" has to take it out. We have our part in this life, but there are some tyhings that no matter how hard we try, they will just not leave us alone. Some "ugly"things keep popping up like the "Joker" in tinker box.
A friend of mine once said to me "As you slide down the banister of life, may you get a splinter in your career." It wasn' all that it was cracked up to be, but I have found that one often finds that "splinter" in an awkward place. There is always a "but" that negates the previous joys, the previous life, but God. He makes the difference. Sometimes one cannot simply "lift themselves up by their bootstraps." Sometimes when things are bad, we just have to accept things as they are, because one cannot change it, it doesn't go away, and it just is what it is - a horror. Sometimes our perspective of that "horror" has to change. Change is not always for the better, but things change. Life is like a flowing stream, you cannot stand in one place for very long because life keeps moving. "Time is flowing like a river - to the sea, to the sea...." (Alan Parsons Project)
In Christ Jesus we live and move and have our being. He is worthy to be Praised! He makes life worth living. He is the source of all comfort, Hope, Joy, Peace, and Rest. May God be Praised, both now and forevermore!

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