Archive for January, 2010

Daily Report

January 12, 2010

One of my sons is currently working part-time at a group home.  As part of his job he is required to write down what the clients did during his shift.  He noticed that every day, it was pretty much the same. 

That got him thinking about his own life.  How each day was pretty much the same.  He decided to make a few changes so that his own “daily report” would show a little more variety.

What a great idea! 

What are we doing in our lives to add a little variety?  Are we doing the same thing day after day, or are we changing it up, just a bit?  It takes a little more thought and planning to try something new, but the added experiences can enrich our lives.  (Keep it legal, moral and reasonable safe of course!)

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True Security

January 11, 2010

Personal security.

Home security.

Financial security.

Job security.

Airport security.

National security.

All of these issues are important in today’s world.  The papers have been filled lately with lapses in security from the White House Party Crashers to the Christmas Day Bomber; from our banks, to our jobs, to our home loans and our retirement funds.  All of these issues have two things in common. 

The first is that we should properly research, plan, prepare, execute and evaluate.  We should research the pertinent information.  We should make plans that are sufficient for our needs.  We should do the necessary groundwork to be properly prepared.  We should follow through on the execution of the plan.  We should evaluate effectiveness and adjust as necessary.

The second is to realize that all of our best efforts can still be undermined.  

True security comes from God.  Proverbs 21:31 says ” The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” NKJ 

I understand this to mean that it is appropriate for us to make all of the necessary preparations, that we are responsible to do what we can, but, that we should realize that ultimately God is our true security.  Even as we are reminded by the phrase still on our coins, “In God we trust”.   We would do well to remember that.

The Image of God

January 7, 2010

Last night in Bible Study we discussed Genesis 1:28 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” NKJ

As we were discussing the various possible meanings of “the image of God” a brand new thought came to me.  Perhaps it should be connected with the phrase “have dominion over”?

We recognize that God is Lord over all, and that he is a benevolent lord.  He watches over, takes care of, and is concerned with, everything in this world.

Perhaps being made in the image of God means that we are to watch over, take care of and be concerned with,  all things within our scope of influence?

We should care about other people,animals, and all creation;  not simply try to get ahead for ourselves.  Maybe when we care for other people and other things, we are mirroring the image of God.

Just a thought…

Car Trouble

January 6, 2010

I drive old vehicles.

I don’t mean classic, restored, or vintage…just old, with pretty high mileage.  Our van is a 1995 with 173,000 miles.  I hope to get at least another 50,000. 

This past weekend, I was returning from dropping off the deer at the processors when I lost power steering, and an assortment of lights came on, on the dash.  The van was still running so I pulled off to the shoulder and called a friend who is far more mechanically inclined than I, and he suspected that I had broken my serpentine belt.  It was very cold outside and I was not far from home so I prayed, and drove home and into the garage. 

I was supposed bring my son and his fiance back to Minnesota the next day.  A couple of men from my church offered to repair the van during the second service so that we could still leave on schedule.

It turned out that the water pump had also failed, but they were able to make the repairs and we were on our way on schedule.

About an hour into the journey we stopped for gas…and the van would not start.   This time, the starter was the problem.  We called AAA to get the van, and a friend to come get us, and we went back home.  A local shop replaced the starter and we were back on the road before noon.  This time the trip was without mishap.

I drive old cars.  I anticipate problems by having a AAA membership, and by having money set aside in the budget for repairs.  Even more important, I trust that God will watch over us.   Christian friends helped in time of need, and when problems occurred, we either made it home, or had a warm place to wait. 

Even in times of trouble, God is good.

Successful Hunt

January 5, 2010

I am not an avid hunter, but I do like to hunt deer.  It is very exciting to see the deer in the woods when you hunt.  I am not that quiet in the woods, and my reflexes are not that quick, so I have resorted to hunting from tree stands.  I use a muzzle loader, not a bow, because I want to have greater range than a bow affords.  I hunt during the second season because I am on break from the college, and it lasts for three weeks, so I am more likely to be successful, because I will most likely have more opportunities to go out.

It is a common experience for me to go out, and see nothing.  I also, occasionally see deer, but do not have a shot.  (I don’t take shots that I don’t feel pretty good about making.)  There have been many seasons that I did not get a deer.

Not this season.

On my second outing of this year, I had an opportunity to hunt at a new location.  I was not able to go out to my usual spot, because of weather and time conditions, so I asked a friend from church about hunting at his place.  He was not planning on going out that night and agree to let me hunt from one of his stands. 

I arrived at about 2:00, got my gear together, and he led me on a five-minute or so hike through the woods, to a stand between a pond and a fence-line.  As he walked off, I settled in to wait.  I did not have to wait long.  within thirty minutes a doe appeared from my left, coming down the fence-line toward me.  There were two fawns following her.  I must admit that I did have a twinge of conscience over shooting Bambi’s mother, but it was quickly suppressed by the thought of venison steak.  As it turns out, while I was waiting for a good shot on the doe, a medium-sized buck came into view after the fawns.  I immediately focused entirely on him, waited for him to come into a good range, with a clear shot, and fired. 

He ran off down the trail, jumped the fence and died just a few feet off the trail that I had followed coming into the stand.  When I got to where he lay in the snow, I looked at my watch.  It was only 3:00. 

I wonder if I can hunt there again next year?