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I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter century.  Apparently, I’m either losing my marbles or have a lot to learn.

Lessons come from every direction.  Take church — I was up and at ‘em early for a Sunday, going over my mental to do list for the day.  Waiting for choir to start, I glanced at the church bulletin and saw we had a visiting pastor giving the message.  I thought, “Well, this is easy … I’ll duck out after choir and get a head start on my day,” … only I didn’t.  In fact, I did the exact opposite—and I’m so glad I did.

God knew I needed a spiritual refresher and that little pastor delivered it.  Through him, God showed me new insight to Romans 8:28 (“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”)  I found myself forgetting about my plans, my activities, my wants, totally forgetting about me while fully resting in Him.

As I was reading 1 Corinthians 13 yesterday (one of my all time favorites), I realized all I had to do Sunday or any day is show up.  Once I do, God readjusted my attitude and gave my heart a reboot.  I left church with a renewed spirit, finding the assurance of God’s love for me.

Yes, there will always be unknowns; there will always be things outside my control; there will always be bumps in the road.  But whatever comes, I know that I know that all things work together for good.

I’m going to start showing up more and stop relying on “me.”  What do you say?


1 Corinthians 13:13     “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”


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