2018: Page 87

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

  • The supplies I picked up yesterday on the way home were put to use first thing this morning as I took care of some maintenance tasks before starting the cleaning and building prep routine.
  • My morning tasks were accompanied by hymn lyrics including, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
  • Keeping my focus on Christ doesn’t typically remove the attention needed by the things of this earth but it does help keep them in perspective.
  • My day was filled with a lot of things that needed my attention as I took care of maintenance issues, worked on a sermon for Easter Sunday, and did some more writing for my next devotional book.
  • The writing focus today was a chapter that includes seven daily devotions covering the topic of serving with kindness.
  • It is amazing, and sad, how much notice even a small act of kindness receives in our culture simply because it stands out as being unusual.
  • When we serve with kindness, we represent the nature of God in our dealings with one another.
  • As the day went along, it became clear that my weekend was quickly becoming crazy busy because of events that will be taking place.  
  • While it would be easy, and natural, to focus on what the events will require of me, the greater focus was to pray for the families that would be involved in these events with greater needs than mine.
  • It was another long workday, so I ended up with a late lunch/early dinner combination on my way home.
  • After I got home we decided to head down to Potato Creek to see what we could find to photograph and/or take a walk.  
  • Susan had a seizure at the park so we skipped the walk but we did find a good variety of wildlife to photograph.  There were several kinds of ducks, a loon, some swans, a few herons, several osprey, and a bald eagle showed up for some photos as well.
  • Today’s photo is of a heron that was having some pretty good luck fishing.  The photo reminded me of the need to have balance in order to be successful.  This heron would perch in absolute stillness on top of this stump and when the time was just right, it would dive into the water and come up with a fish.

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One thought on “2018: Page 87

  1. I agree with your observation concerning the uniqueness of being kind to others. Everyone applauds not because it is the right thing to do but because it is so startling, uncommon even…

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