2018: Page 86

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • A light rain moved in overnight and continued throughout the day.  While not as pleasant to look at and get outside in as the sunny days, it is just as important in the process of spring growth.
  • Our life needs both the rain and the sun to help us grow as we ought.  James says to “consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds.”  He goes on to explain that statement by pointing out that it is the testing of our faith that produces perseverance and eventual maturity.
  • I started the morning at work with some maintenance tasks that are easier to do when the building is empty.  I suppose the ease of the tasks remain the same no matter when I do them, but by coming in early I am not a distraction to others so it is easier on the things that need to take place during the day.
  • Sometimes a little sacrifice of time, effort, or money on our part goes a long way toward making someone else’s life a little easier.  I think that is at least part of the “bearing one another’s burdens” that we ought to be doing.
  • I suppose it was the steady rain as I drove to work that helped influence my mind, but the morning “cleaning song” today was “There shall be showers of blessings.  Showers of blessings we need.  Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead!”
  • I’ve been working on a sermon for Easter Sunday that I’ll share at the North Wayne Mennonite Church in Dowagiac, Michigan.  As I considered the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, I ended up with two sermon titles and outlines — “No Longer DEAD” and “Fully ALIVE”.
  • Since I doubt the people in attendance want to hear two sermons in one church service, I wrote a blog post using the “No Longer DEAD” outline as I continued work on the “Fully ALIVE” outline for Sunday.
  • By late afternoon I realized my workday had become longer than anticipated and I still needed to pick up some supplies for tomorrow, so I headed out for a late lunch before stopping by Lowe’s for the needed maintenance supplies.
  • Once home, it was tough to keep from dozing off so I started the writing of today’s page so that I can hopefully get to bed early and see if it is possible to catch up on some sleep.
  • Today’s photo is of a fellow birdwatcher that stops by outside my office window from time to time.  My suspicion, though, is that he is not watching the birds with the same intent that I do.

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