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One Of Those Days

I’m having one of those days: you know, the kind where you’ve spent many days taking care of other people’s needs. You had some plans, too. Only, you can’t get them done because of all those urgent things for other people.

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I’m happy to do those nice, kind, good, charitable acts for “all those other people.” But I’d sure like to squeeze in some time for my stuff.

Not the selfish type of “me” things. Like indulging in a candle lit bubble bath, or spending the day at a spa. (Although those activities can be good things, at times.)

No. Just the things I know God has called me to do and which is also about other people.

It’s Thursday. This should be one of my freer days. But instead, there were lots of church things to do, and errands, and baking chicken burritos for college students. Then I need to pick up my husband at the airport. And I’ve gotta do my physical therapy appointment, which so far is not helping.

And after that appointment I have just enough time to pop my burritos in the oven, warm up my fingers for choir practice, and then head out.

I shouldn’t complain. I have a great life that I wouldn’t trade for anyone else’s.

Mostly, I feel the need for someone close to me to notice and value the things I do each day that don’t earn a paycheck.

Sometimes I wonder, does anyone notice all the things I do, does anyone appreciate it?

And I know deep in my heart that, of course, God sees everything. God doesn’t award a paycheck for my overtime. But He values me.

Can you relate to my pity party? I’ll bet you can.

We all know that days like today don’t last. Tomorrow I’ll feel like sunshine again.

I think we should form a club. It would be called The Barnabas Club. Wasn’t Barnabas (as in the apostle Paul and Barnabas) an encourager?

Anyway, it would be a club where we notice other people and the quiet little things they do. Then we go up to such persons and say, “I want you to know how much I appreciate how you (insert act or attitude). You inspire me. Thank you. May I hug (shake your hand) you?”

Gosh, I could do with a Barnabas Club-er  about now. How about you?

“…Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people…” (Act 20:1,2 NIV Bible)

 

 

Are There Any Good Chain Letters?

Yep, I hate ’em.

Don’t ever consider sending me one.

Even the ones that seem really nice.

Like the ones with beautiful pictures of nature or cute puppies or kittens.

The fact that:

  1. I’m being taken away from my work to do something I don’t believe in.
  2. I’m being coerced by virtue of my friendship with the sender of the letter.
  3. I’m being threatened—bad things might happen—in a nice way.
  4. And that, if I send to other friends,  it’s a tacit agreement that these chain letter tactics are all right with me.

Don’t send me one. EVER!

There are  different types of chain letters that I do appreciate.

When the Christian faith was just getting started, the Apostles wrote letters that were intended for churches—most of them in Asia Minor. These letters were passed around so that smaller groups of people could read and be educated about Christ’s instructions (doctrine) for the church and for individuals.

Ancient chain letters. Filled with instructions, admonishments, encouragements, and yes, even warnings. But the words in these chain letters were essential. Of utmost value. Not esoteric, but meant for all people to read and digest.

How I appreciate the Sender of these letters! It wasn’t for His own amusement or His sense of importance that He sent them out.

No. Jesus cared—and cares—for each of us with an immense Fatherly love. He leaves us in a dangerous, hostile and deceived world so that He can bring about the working of God’s eternal plan.

Shouldn’t we have Words that help us negotiate this kind of world?

Roman, Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, and the others: Thanks be to God for sending these chain letters.

“After this letter has been read to you, see to it that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.” (Col. 4:16 NIV Bible)