I heard a phrase the other day that pricked my ears. I understood the phrase as soon as I heard it because I have referenced it myself. I gave it a different name when I spoke about it, but their meanings are the same. I think I prefer this other phrasing over mine. It is simpler. The term I used was “Procrastination by Substitution”. I know, you’re probably saying, “huh?”. The phrase I heard was, “Busy laziness”. This one might make you say, “huh” also, but it is more direct. Can we be lazy while being busy? (fun fact) Combining two words that appear to contradict ea
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NBC has a new show this season called Manifest. The name Manifest is derived from the list of passengers aboard flight 828. The hook of the show is that the flight takes off just as normal as any other flight, but lands five years into the future. The weirdness of this phenomenon begins before the passengers even leave the plane. Time has progressed as normal for them, but the rest of the world is dumbfounded. Although things seem normal for the passengers, they, themselves, are no longer normal. Not only have they missed five years of their lives, and five years of their friends’ and
Have you decided firmly on a course of action for 2019? If so, then you have resolved to do a particular something or follow a particular plan. Another and more familiar way of saying this is, “You have made a New Year’s Resolution.” Deciding firmly on a course of action is the dictionary’s definition of the word resolve. Resolve sounds a little like resolution, but the “v” stuck in resolve makes us question their possible similarity. Then there is the part of speech aspect to add to our doubt.
Have you heard or been asked this question recently, “Are you ready for Christmas?” This is a question only asked in December. Christmas purchases may start heavily in November, but concentrated focus on Christmas does not begin until December. Once Thanksgiving has passed and everyone has returned home and to work, thoughts of Christmas begin to heat up. Decorations come out of attics, closets and garages. Recipes are pulled out, Christmas cards are prepared, and lists are made and check marks applied. People are getting ready for Christmas.
Tonight we will be performing our Christmas Musical. The guidance for the play primarily comes from the Gospel of Luke. Luke gives the most detailed description of the events surrounding the birth of our Lord. So it is only natural that his account of the Christmas story is read by more families and acted out by more churches this time of year than any of the other three gospels. Something I really enjoy in Luke’s recalling is the attention he gives Mary. Only Luke records the prayer and praise to God by Mary. We often hear Mary’s youth highlighted in the Christmas story, but Luke nev
This morning could not have been any better. After dropping Olivia off at school and battling the mini vans, SUVs, and other assorted vehicles, I made my way to the grocery store. What a delight seeing all the fruits and vegetables, the advertisements enticing me to purchase items I do not need, and the empty space where the one item I was craving should be sitting. At least the basket I picked only pulled to one side and didn’t make clunking or screeching noises. It was also a blessing to be able to go in the morning when the shoppers are few and my available minutes are fewer. On thi
Last night when Phyllis and I came home I noticed an odd lean with one of the cars parked in front. My first thought was a flat. Even though the odd angle seemed to be more than what would be caused by a flat tire, I still thought, “There must be a flat on the opposite front.” We soon discovered a flat was involved but was not causing the lean. The car was being lifted with a car jack, the tire and wheel were removed, and a young man was working on it with his wife helping with lighting duty. They told us they were replacing a flat tire, but while it was off they were tending to other
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly did. All the Thanksgiving goodies were present. There was fried and smoked turkey, ham, candied yams, many more side dishes and a buffet covered with pies. Football was on the television and lives were being shared. There were layers and generations of families, and a couple of dogs begging for the attention of everyone. To top it all off, the weather could not have been better. It was a day to give many thanks to the Lord. I even had the pleasure of sharing Thanksgiving in two homes. No, I did not eat two meals, as tempting
We just finished our first practice for our Christmas musical. First, I want to thank Cathy our Worship Leader for her desire to have a Christmas presentation and her hard work to make it all happen. The practice went great. It lasted a little over two hours and the time spent was worth it. We received our scripts a few weeks ago so we could get familiar with our parts and songs before the first practice. Being able to review at home helped, but it is not like practicing together and on the real stage. Practice is necessary before a performance. We all know that. We know the more ti
Today is November 11th, Veterans Day. Veterans Day is on this day because on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice to end the fighting of WWI. The day was originally named Armistice Day and was set aside to honor World War I veterans. Since World War I did not turn out to be the war to end all wars an