Page 297 has been a cool, rainy day. So cool, in fact, that it felt cold after a long stretch of beautiful fall weather. I even changed the filter and turned the furnace on last night to take the chill out of the air. Having to turn the furnace on used to be a big deal for me, but I’ve reached the point that I would rather spend a little money and be comfortable than to find myself freezing in my own home. Some might think I’ve gotten old and am finally starting to mellow out, but I think it has a lot more to do with finally being debt free and not having to worry so much about how the bills will get paid. It has not always been easy, and sometimes I may have guarded every last nickel too closely, but there is great freedom to be found in living out the scripture that says to “owe no man anything except the continuing debt to love one another.”
My workday began with the normal prayer, cleaning, and building prep before turning my attention to the building HVAC systems. With the cold temperatures moving in overnight and expected to stay for a while, it was time to do the switch-over from cooling to heating. With nearly all of the flooring either carpet or tile directly over concrete, the building seems to hold its warmth to a point but once the air and ground becomes damp and chilled, the building quickly follows suit. So, with what seems like miles of piping throughout the building, I prefer to fire up the boilers at a time when I will be in the building to watch for leaks or other issues. One of the boilers fired up right away but the other took a little coaxing to convince it that now would be a good time to start the season. Once everything was up and running I kept monitoring it throughout the day as I took care of some office work and correspondence.
Lunchtime was spent encouraging a friend before heading home to unwind and relax. Throughout the late afternoon and early evening I spent time starting to put the 1000+ photos from our fall break adventure into online galleries so I can share them with those interested. Today’s photo is one from last weekend’s adventure as my camera focused in on a few leaves in front of me as I was looking to shoot a wide view of the vast valley below me. In the peak of the leaf changing season as the hills are covered with the reds, yellows, oranges, and even greens of the millions of leaves of fall, it is easy to let a few leaves go unnoticed. Yet here they were adding to the beauty whether anyone would ever notice them specifically or not. Sometimes it is very easy to feel like we’re such a small part of a larger picture that it might not even make a difference if we are in it. I know because there are times and seasons when I feel that way. My bit of color seems so small compared to the mountainside of those before me. Yet this photo reminded me that sharing whatever bit of beauty that God has put within me is all that is required of me. I don’t have to light up the entire mountainside with vibrant color, I only have to display the presence of God within me no matter how big or small that may seem at any given time.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Living with changing seasons means there are changes that must take place to adapt.
- God says that to everything there is a season — I take that to mean there is a lot of adapting that I will need to do as seasons change.
- Money can be a great servant, but it will always be a terrible master — which role does money have in your life?
- In today’s culture, debt is probably the primary way that money becomes our master.
- I find that having no debt allows me greater freedom in using money to serve.
- We serve best when the only debt we still owe is a debt of love.
- Starting up the heating systems in a building after they have been idle for a few months take a little finesse and a watchful eye. The same is likely true of anything we have allowed to become idle and need to restart.
- I don’t have to be the entire beauty of Jesus on my mountainside. I only need the entire beauty of Jesus to be seen in me no matter what my size.