As I walked out the door early this morning to head to work, it almost felt like spring as yesterday’s snow had turned to a light rain overnight. With the air temperature above freezing, there was no snow or ice to worry about so page 31 began with the inside cleaning and building prep. As I’m waiting for the repair of some of the boiler system parts, I continue to keep a fairly close eye on the heating system as I work on other projects throughout the day. Once the building was ready for the day and the trash was taken out, I turned my attention to taking care of some missions and prayer ministry correspondence and record-keeping.
As I worked in the office, it would alternate between period of rain and snow outside with a few breaks in the precipitation from time to time. I suppose the weather had them all seeking cover deeper in the woods, but none of the usual wildlife made their appearance for photos today. Instead, today’s photo is one I took yesterday of a red-bellied woodpecker feasting on a sumac seed-head. I was surprised by the result when I looked up this bird to identify it because there appeared to be nothing red at all about its belly. Many of the descriptions however, did talk about a red belly that is often hidden by the outer feathers. It made me think about how often we wear a name that makes people wonder why we are called that. When we take on the name of Christian, do people look at us and wonder why the Christ in us isn’t visible? Are we satisfied with “putting on Christ” for our own good and benefit, but then walk out into the world with a cloak over us to keep Him from being seen in us? I pray that the name Christian would be more noticeable in its appropriateness for us than the name red-bellied woodpecker is for this bird.
By mid-afternoon, my office work had reached a point that a break was needed. I headed out to take care of some banking and get some lunch before making my way home. With a day focused on finances and record-keeping, I guess it only seemed fitting to work on my taxes even though April 15 is a long way off. 🙂 While I’m generally a procrastinator when it comes to filing my taxes, every few years I surprise myself and those around me by getting them done early.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Although more work, I prefer 28 degrees and a few inches of sparkling snow to 34 degrees and a dark, rainy day.
- Sometimes the routines of life can teach us much about faithfulness if we pay attention to the results of doing what needs done day after day.
- Who we say we are and who we actually are ought to be the same thing — that’s integrity.
- Wearing a name that doesn’t reflect who we are is deceitful and often hypocritical.
- Hypocrisy is not the unforgivable sin. If it were, we would all be permanently lost — there is none that do right all the time, no not one.
- Integrity and maturity are traits that we continually grow into as we deal appropriately with the times when we don’t “practice what we preach” or preach what we ought.
- Humility is a necessary ingredient in owning our hypocrisy in a way that leads us to repentance that will lead us to integrity.