2017: Page 65

Page 65 has been a full day that began with the usual early morning cleaning and building prep.  Once the building was ready I spent a little time considering some prayer guide topics before I needed to head out for a dentist appointment.  After going forty years between dentist visits, I have found myself in an every six month routine for about a year and a half now.  Still not my favorite thing to do, but it has definitely risen above some other things on my least favorite list.  

Following the dental appointment I returned to the office to spend time with God putting together the prayer guide for next week.  I had a couple ideas cross my mind that just didn’t stick long enough to develop them, so I continued to pray and listen and spend time in the Word.  The process took longer than normal today, but I suppose that had a lot to do with the variety of other things that called for my attention throughout the day.  Eventually, I settled on the topic of healing and was once again surprised that I had not yet developed a prayer guide on a topic of such importance.  I believe that far too often we settle for praying about that which is good — the physical healing of ourselves and others — while we ought to add to that an even greater emphasis on praying for that which is better — the spiritual healing of ourselves and others.

By mid-afternoon I finally finished writing the prayer guide and then formatted and scheduled it to be sent out and posted on my website on Sunday.  The interruptions of the day had all been resolved and taken care of, so I turned my attention to some details I still needed to take care of for the Impact Prayer Ministry display I will have set up at the Christian Camp & Conference Association’s super-sectional conference tomorrow.  After updating some display table signs, I finished packing the books and display material that I will take with me.  The last time I was at this particular conference, it was as a camp staff member so it will be interesting to see how it looks from an exhibitor point of view.  It is my prayer that God will use the resources I am able to provide, and the connections I will make, for His purposes and glory.

By early evening I had everything collected together and boxed up for the trip so it would be ready to load into the truck tomorrow morning.  Today’s photo is one I took yesterday during our hike at Potato Creek.  This was one of the first turtles I have seen out this spring, but I suspect it won’t be long until this log is covered solid with turtles from one end to the other.  That turtle seemed fitting for today, as does the old story of the tortoise and the hare.  While the day was long, and at times seemed somewhat slow, the tasks that it brought were eventually finished through a steady and consistent approach.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Sometimes we avoid doing good things for no better reason than we’ve simply gotten used to not doing them.
  • Deciding to do the good we ought to do, and then doing it once, can lead to a consistent practice of good deeds.
  • Interruptions of your plans will happen on a regular basis.  While they may change your pace, those interruptions don’t have to derail your progress.
  • Praying, and caring, for the physically sick and needy ought to be a regular part of a Christian’s life.
  • Praying, and caring, for the spiritually sick and needy ought to also be a regular part of a Christian’s life.
  • Most of us are pretty good at making either/or decisions out of both/and situations.  
  • The race isn’t always won by the fastest, but it is always won by a finisher.  
  • Sometimes we need to ask God for wisdom in knowing what to throw off as a hindrance to our walk with God and what to persevere in as a faith and character building exercise that strengthens us.


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