Saturday, April 17, 2010

A New Exercise for People Over 50

 New exercise routine:

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
With a 5-kg potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.
Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-kg potato sacks.
Then try 25-kg potato sacks.
Eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50-kg potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than one full minute.
(I am at this level now.)
After you feel confident at that level you may move on to the next level of the exercise.

Put one small potato in each sack. rotfl

Friday, April 16, 2010

It Actually Worked!

Three years ago a tornado that passed through here took down about 20 trees in our community. As a result I had a huge stack of cedar and pine fire wood. I read an article on stacking firewood that said to put old carpet on the ground and then stack the fire wood on that. It would keep the bottom wood off the ground and it would not rot. I had some old carpet so I cut it to the right shape and laid it down where I wanted the stack of newly split wood.
Last year we lost a huge maple tree due to the ice storm and we now have about ten years of fire wood stacked up in the back yard being seasoned. The past winter we used up a good amount of the older wood stack so this morning I began restacking it so that the new wood will be on the bottom and the oldest will be on top for use next winter.
When I reached the carpet I was delighted to find that the author of that article was correct. The bottom layer of the fire wood was in great shape and to my great surprise the carpet is too. 

It actually workedBig Grin

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Will I Be Missed?

I was visiting with a man who had just been given the news that he had a cancer for which nothing could be done. He was not a religious man and I was the only pastor he knew and trusted. After telling me his grim news he asked a question I did not expect. “Larry, do you think I will be missed? Will any one come to my funeral?”
That question took some thought. He had no family left and was never married, loved to argue for the sake of stirring things up, and was generally suspicious of everything and everyone. To tell the truth I was not sure that anyone would miss him. So I just looked at him for a few moments.
“How much time did the doctor give you?” It was less than a year. “Well,” I said, “You still have time to make a difference in someone’s life. Make the most of the time you have left to leave a positive mark some where and then you will be missed.” He shook his head, “It’s not in my nature.” 
I guess he thought about it for a while because he became a hospice volunteer and did make a difference before he became a hospice receiver. He was missed in that community and people did attend his funeral.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Neighborhood Block Watch

At the last City Commission meeting I was asked to look into setting up a Neighborhood Block Watch for our fair city.
Well that had me filling out forms are reading regulations today. The fun part will be getting all the people in town to volunteer and stick with it.

 Well let the fun begin.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Trees and the Forest

I enjoy being a volunteer Trail Ranger at Jefferson Memorial forest just south of Louisville.  In the fall the colors range from a pale yellow, to orange and even deep red. The dark green of the conifers really stand out in the fall. Now in the spring the new leaves of the deciduous trees are sprouting in a great variety of greens. Alone each of the trees have their own beauty but taken together they are awesome to behold.
I find that people are like that as well. Each one of us is different in appearance, color, language, ideas, abilities and religions. We come in two distinct genders but with a small percentage who are confused as to which they belong, nature giving them one shape and desire giving them the other. It is life in all its grandeur and our great differences like the forest also creates a beauty of its own.
In the Christian faith we can embrace the differences as a gift from God to be enjoyed and respected. God made us different for a reason; it would be a dull world if we were all exactly alike. In the church, as the Body of Christ, each of us has a unique part to play and together we make up the whole. When we use the unique talents God has given us, and we work together, the whole is complete and beautiful like the trees of the forest. Embrace the diversity as part of God’s plan for creation.
ArmsENJOY the day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

My True Home

I have moved many times in my life and have lived in many states. Most of the time my moves were planned but some of them were forced. The Navy never gave me a choice and sometimes the church said it was time to move so we did.
Each move brought me to a different neighborhood and acquaintances and it seemed that as soon as I became assimilated I would be uprooted and need to begin the process all over again. In ministry there is never a sense of a permanent home and though we have been Texans in exile for over thirty years even Texas doesn’t seem like home anymore. My darling wife and I always say that our home is where the other is at the moment.
Cloud Nine
My devotion this morning brings me to Psalm 23 verse 6, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” My true home is with God forever and I will indeed dwell in the House of the Lord forever. I am so blessed that my live has been an adventure of love from place to place in God’s Kingdom.