This Month's Feature Article
Take Time . . .
Take Time! Do you feel guilty when you relax? Remember, when you kill time, there is no resurrection.
I began writing this article about time - some time ago and couldn't quite seem to finish it or get my thoughts together.
Since then, the events of September 11, 2001 have overwhelmed me with the realization that none of us really know when our lives will end.
How much time do we have? Are we making the best of each moment we do have?
As Anne Graham Lotz said,
is those persons relationship with God!"
What would have been your fate - had you been a victim of that attack? Are you ready to meet God?
I have a little poem by my computer that reads as follows:
The Clock of Life
The clock of life is wound just
To tell just when the hands will
To lose one's wealth is sad
To lose one's soul is such a
Today these words are more profound then they were a few days ago. Our President told us to go home and hug our children - and I did!
I think most of us did that, and whatever we could to let those we love - know - that we love them. Time is so short!
Psalm 90:12 encourages us . . .
can gain a heart for wisdom."
On Monday we e-mailed jokes;
On Tuesday we did not.
On Monday we thought that we were secure; On Tuesday we learned better.
On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes; On Tuesday we re-learned who our heroes are.
On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived; On Tuesday we gave money away to people we had never met.
On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools; On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone was not praying.
On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room; On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids.
On Monday people were upset that they had to wait 6 minutes in a fast food drive through line; On Tuesday people didn't care about waiting up to 6 hours to give blood for the dying.
On Monday we waved our flags signifying our cultural diversity; On Tuesday we waved only the American flag.
On Monday there were people trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed; On Tuesday they were all holding hands.
On Monday we were men or women, black or white, old or young, rich or poor, Christian or non-Christian; On Tuesday we were Americans.
On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses; On Tuesday, grief stricken, they sang 'God Bless America.'
On Monday the President was going to Florida to read to children; On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children.
On Monday we had families; On Tuesday we had orphans.
On Monday people went to work as usual; On Tuesday they died.
On Monday people were fighting the 10 commandments on government property; On Tuesday the same people all said 'God help us all' while thinking 'Thou shall not kill.'
It is sadly ironic how it takes horrific events to place things into perspective, but it has.
The lessons learned this week, the things we have taken for granted, the things that have been forgotten or overlooked, hopefully will never be forgotten again.
Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
Thou shalt not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
Thou shalt not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
Thou shalt face each problem as it comes--you can only handle one at a time anyway.
Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
Thou shalt not borrow other people's problems. They can better care for them than you can.
Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear different ideas from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
Thou shalt not become "bogged down" by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
Developing your gifts and finding a place of service will be the most exciting discovery of your life!
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Joyfully Serving Jesus! Naomi :-)