Every once in a while I get a kick in the
pants that sets me on the straight and narrow ...for a while anyway. This
new realization began with Pastor Randy's sermon on Sunday. The subject was
"time"...not having time, etc. Can you imagine that topic would get my
interest? I'm not good at managing my time. I used to be, but no more. In
my defense, most of the time when my day doesn't go the way I want it to,
it's because I'm doing something for someone else...something for the paper,
something for a booster group or church, something for family...once I take
a step away from my plan for the day, I get behind. I'm so far behind now,
I'll meet myself on the way!
The fact that Pastor Randy picked that
particular Sunday to speak on time is one of those things that happen that
let me know God is looking out for me. I typically don't hear Pastor
Randy's sermons because I'm in the Nursery. If the kids are quiet, I can
hear most of what's going on through the speaker. When there are a lot
of kids or they are having a particularly good time, I hear nothing. I had
planned to go to the Nursery again this Sunday, but we had some kids stay
for morning worship and one of them was old enough to take Nursery duty and
she offered to take the kids down. Therefore, I heard the sermon - and I
needed to hear it!
Kids helping kids! Sunday was a great day
in Port Allegany. Kids from our church collected for UNICEF and raised over
$200 for their efforts. Scouts of all ages and their leaders collected two
pick-up truck loads of non-perishable food items for the local food pantry
(PACS). The kids can feel really good about what they accomplished that
day. The weather cooperated big time! It was beautiful.
I tried to work on the time thing on
Monday, but it wasn't going well. I started thinking about everything that
needed to be done while trying to do the first thing on the list for the day
and that was not allowing me to complete task one quickly and efficiently.
I was worried about getting my newspaper stuff done as I had appointments
that would occupy most of my Tuesday morning. When things get to be too
much, I go to my "poor me" mode and that pretty much seals the deal that I
will not have a successful day/evening. That's when I walked back into my
office and the Oprah show was on. I didn't hear the beginning and was
distracted in the middle, but what I did see was a young couple who was
dealing with an indescribable loss. A semi ran into the back of their
mini-van and they lost all three of their young children - a son and two
daughters. They were talking about their grief and how they get through
each day. It made my problems seem pretty small.
When I came back into the room, I had
missed a segment and Oprah was talking about a miracle. I wondered what it
could be, but I was called out of the room and missed it. When I came back,
the couple who had previously talked about their grief and how they weren't
sure they could go on, were holding three beautiful children. I don't know
anything that was said in between - wish I would have taped the show - but
the bottom line was this couple was blessed with triplets - one boy, two
girls. Amazing! The couple explained that while these triplets did not in
any way replace the loss of their first three children, that they
definitely brought joy back into their home. If you don't have a good
evening after hearing all that - there's something wrong!
Today, I spent another morning at Charles
Cole. Once again, didn't have to wait long, every one I dealt with was very
friendly, very professional and most importantly to me - very kind knowing
that I'm scared to death of whatever it is they plan to do to me.
There were several things I thought of
last week that I was going to talk about in this week's column. Those
ideas have all left my memory. If any of them return, we'll have the column
already done for next week!