Posts Tagged ‘random’

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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Christmas Explosion

November 30, 2009

We are in a time of transition at my house.  It is that time of year when the fall decorations are taken down and the Christmas decorations go up.  This is a wonderful thing because I enjoy the Christmas season and Gloria does a fantastic  job of decorating the house. 

My primary contribution to this process is to bring the boxes up from the basement, filled with Christmas stuff, and then to return them to the basement, filled with the things that have been taken down, to make room for the Christmas decorations.  My other contributions are to put up the lights in the front porch,  put up the nativity scene outside, and help decorate the tree.

The problem is that this process takes a while, a few days, to a week, or more.  There are a lot of boxes and we are both busy people.  After the boxes are brought up, and until the process is complete. it looks like there has been a Christmas explosion at our house.  (I prefer this expression to the one Gloria sometimes uses, when she is not- so- happy with the process;  that Christmas threw up in our home… that just sounds nasty.)

Every year we talk about reducing the amount of stuff we put up.

Every year we add more.

I am hopeful that we will be able to send some things with our boys, who each now have their own places.  In fact, we delivered a small (very small) amount to them over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

The dust is starting to settle, the bulk of the boxes have been returned to the basement.  Thanksgiving is done, let the Christmas season begin!!

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.

Just Back

November 3, 2009

We just got back from a week of vacation visiting our family in Minnesota.  It was a wonderful time together.  During the week we helped our son get settled in at his new home in central Minnesota.  It is an exciting time of life for him, as he starts fresh in a new community; new job, new church, meeting new people, and making new friends.

He does not have internet, and so I did not post anything while we were gone.  I started to write this morning a blog on the community of believers, but it was much too complicated for my brain to deal with on the first day back.   There is a lot to do, and only limited time so that post will have to wait for another day. 

Choices, you know are very important.  So today, I will keep it simple.  After all, I am just getting back.