Pastors Note January 2013

Pastors Note January 2013

Happy New Year!

I thank God for our children; they have taught me so much over the years! One lesson that stays with me is our oldest son’s refusal to give up. We had bought him a skateboard for his birthday (they were all the rage at that time) and within seconds of opening his present he was out on the drive trying to learn how to stand on it. The inevitable happened of course, the skateboard went one way and he went another! That scenario was played out time and time again, but what did he do? He brushed himself down and got back on the skateboard!

As Forrest Gump’s momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  How true! And sometimes what you get is more than a grazed knee or dented pride! Life can be cruel, brutal even but my son’s example helps me keep on track, helps me to keep getting back up. Something else that has proved invaluable over the years is a sense of humour. Learning not to take yourself too seriously. I still remember the words of a friend (I think he was a friend?) Dave, learn to laugh at yourself, because if you do you will never run out of material! But he was right, and the older I get the more I laugh! As we begin the New Year few of us have any idea what’s coming our way so here are some things on life that have amused, challenged and shaped me over the years. I hope you enjoy them.

Accept that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue.

When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

The second mouse gets the cheese.

Crayons. Some are sharp, some are colourful and some are dull. Some have weird names, but they all have to live in the same box.

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

The best things in life aren’t things.

In those times I can’t seem to find God, I rest in the assurance He knows how to find me.

It’s better to try to tame a wild stallion than it is to ride a dead horse.

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

When praying, don’t give God instructions just report for duty.

Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.

And finally here are two that just make me laugh

Experts tell us that if you exercise regularly, you will add two years to your life.  But the bad news is that you will spend those two years exercising.

Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

Hope it is a good one for you and your family

All the best