School is out and students are generally doing something quite different. This can be either a time of pain or pleasure for the family. With a little planning, hopefully, the family can have some quality time together. Obviously no two families are exactly alike.
The most quoted and prayed prayer in all of Christendom is likely the model prayer that Christ gave His disciples. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” Perhaps we should call it the disciples prayer. He taught us as His disciples to pray that prayer.
There is an old hymn that states that yesterday is gone and tomorrow may not come. It may have been many years since we last heard it. The truth of it never changes — make the most of today. Occasionally, we meet people who think mostly about the past or the future. Certainly our past failures and victories can help us today. Likewise what we do today can have a significant affect for our future.
Everyday is a day when we give thanks for the blessings that we receive. The story of the early pilgrims gets special attention in the fall season. The birth of our Lord is remembered during December. We have just finished another Good Friday and Easter weekend time of giving special thanks. At meal time we sit down, bow our heads and give thanks for our food.
Recently, I was out taking a walk. For all who go walking we have something in common. It is a good time to think, daydream and remember things from the past. I also find it a good time to review significant ideas that were memorized over the years. It can also be a convenient time to pray. Since we can do two exercises at the same time, it need never be a waste of time.
We get busy in our day to day activities and often forget some significant areas and practices of daily living. The older we get the more we hear comments like: “It just slipped my mind,” or “I just forgot.” The following reminders are reminders that we have sought to remind readers of a few times during the 35-plus years that this column has been written.
A few weeks ago our pastor gave an excellent sermon on the three kinds of love. I had heard this sermon preached or taught a few times before. For some reason the concepts of love have entered my mind several times lately. The term is used in so many different ways. Let’s just keep it on the person to person relationship level.
Everyday we live with our self images and reputations. No other person knows what our character is really like. Only you and I know if our reputations and our characters are in real harmony. We think of personal integrity as doing or being the same in private as in public.
Many of us look at our daily newspapers. A quick look at the headlines, the sports section, the weather page and the business section take me about 30 minutes. My financial adviser does an excellent job but he can’t control the markets. Last week the Dow Jones took a slide. If all of our long term investments are financial or materialistic we can be in for disappointments.
January, 2014 will soon be history. Have I or am I accomplishing what is satisfying. Income tax planning, preparation and filing is always a hurdle. A good tax person can be a big help. Eating, exercising and attitude can help make us feel better. They aid in keeping good physical and mental healthy.