Posts Tagged ‘musings’

The “To Do” List

December 7, 2009

I have used a “to do” list since I was a MIMMS clerk in the Marine Corps.  (For those of you who know me and thought that I was a tanker; I was a tanker, who was assigned to serve my company as a  MIMMS clerk for part of my enlistment.)  The list helped me to stay organized and gave me a sense of how much was done, and how much was left to do. 

To this day, I use a “to do” list.  In my case there are five sections: the first section is the daily list, those things that I do every day.  The second portion is the contact list, those people who I need to visit, email, call or write.  The third portion is the today list; that is comprised of the things that are scheduled and need to be done on that particular day.  The fourth portion is the top six things that are waiting to be completed if I have time to work on them.  The final portion is labeled extras and is everything else that I would like to do, or need to do, but that is not a high priority.  These items are placed on the list and dated, so I will know how long it takes to get them done.  (Some things are on the list for years!) 

Monday through Thursday, I update the list and print it out.  This enables me to take it with me, cross things off as they are completed, and helps me to remember what needs to be done.  Once it is on my list, I won’t forget, but it might take me a while to get to it.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, have their own lists,  but those lists are primarily in my head, although I may work off of Thursday’s list. 

The list helps me to organize and prioritize my day.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment as I check things off.  It helps me to know at the end of the day how to answer the question “What did you do today?”  I am not chained to it, but it certainly helps me to stay organized.

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Daily Bread

December 1, 2009

A few years ago, a young woman in our church wrote a poem that she called “Our Daily Jesus”.  It was about our need for Christ to be present in our lives each day.  “Give us this day our daily bread.” as prayed in the Lord’s Prayer, takes on a new meaning as we remember that Jesus said that he was the bread of life which came down from heaven.   Not only do we need our daily food requirements, but we also need a daily dose of Jesus.  Actually, our desire is for Him to fill our lives to overflowing, so that people will see His nature in us.

Indian Summer

November 10, 2009

Here in Iowa we are enjoying a wonderful stretch of Indian Summer.  (I wonder where that term came from, and how Native Americans feel about it?)  Indian Summer is when the temperatures warm up in the fall, after frost has arrived.  It is a wonderful time of year when we get to enjoy a few last days of warmth before winter settles in.  People do all kinds of outdoor activities.  They do yard work, go for walks, barbecue, go to the park,  it is like summer’s  last hurrah.  It is not too hot, nor too cold, the bugs have all but disappeared.  (Except, of course, the Asian Beetle!!)  The only drawback is that it gets dark so early.

Enjoy it while it lasts.  

You-know-what  is coming!!!

I think I’ll barbecue some chicken tonight:)

Partial Truth

November 9, 2009

Do you know everything? 

There may be a few people who act as if they know everything, but I suspect that all of us, if we are being honest, and are not delusional, would acknowledge that we do not know everything.

We must accept that we know only a part of the truth. 

Since we only know in part, it stands that our knowledge is incomplete.  Since our knowledge is incomplete, we should be willing to listen to others who may know something that we do not know.  Unless, of course, we have no desire to add to our accumulation of truth.   

Once we have become willing to listen to others then we have a new challenge.  That challenge is to be able to discern what is true, and what is false. This is far more easily said than done.  Certainly not everything that others tell us is true.  They too, have only a part of the truth. 

For today, I would simple encourage everyone to be willing to admit that we don’t know everything, and that we can learn new things, sometimes from surprising sources, it we are open to listen to others in our continuing search for truth.

Sexual Sins

November 5, 2009

Rape, and any sexual abuse is both a sin, and a crime.

Homosexual acts are a sin. 

Adultery is a sin.

So is pre-marital sexual intercourse.

So is pornography.

“Flee sexual immorality.  Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body,  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, who you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”          (I Corinthians 6:18-20 NKJ)

It is wrong to focus on a particular sexual sin, such as homosexuality, and ignore other sexual sins such as pornography, or pre-marital sex.  As Christians we should be seeking to maintain purity in our own lives and encouraging it in the lives of other believers.

Please note the “as Christians”.  For people who do not believe in Jesus as the Christ, or the Bible as the Word of God,  their view towards sex will be established by societies’ norms.  Our message to them should begin with hope, love and forgiveness; not pointing out what we perceive as sinful behaviour, but offering the grace of God in Jesus.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (I John 1:9)

This cleansing is an ongoing process.  We should seek to grow in godliness.  This certainly includes the attitude that we have towards sex.  As Christians we should follow Biblical teachings, not the norms of an ever-changing society.

Community of Believers

November 4, 2009

Community is not necessarily uniformity.

For people who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, Savior and Lord; there is a range of expression of that faith.  The Bible is read, interpreted and applied.  It is understandable that we will have some variation in that process of applying Scripture to  our lives.  God works in our lives at different rates, and in different ways.  Who are we to judge another man’s servant?

Believe in Jesus.

Love God.

Love one another.

Yet, the scripture tells us that if we love God, we will keep His commandments.  It is appropriate to interact with each other over the application of the Word.  There are serious consequences for behaviour or beliefs that go too far in the wrong direction.  Dialogue with individuals with whom we disagree, can bring change either to ourselves, or to them, if each other’s position is honestly considered.

Ultimately God is the judge.  May God guide our thoughts, words and deeds, so that they may be pleasing and acceptable in His sight.