Thursday, January 2, 2014

Busy Holidays??

Ahh, the Christmas- New Year's holidays!

As Many of your know, we returned from Africa around noon on 3 December.  Since that date we have done the following:

  • Unpacked.
  • Got two stored vehicles cleaned and back up and running.
  • Bought a new battery for one of these autos.
  • replaced our microwave which had quit while we were away.
  • Bought a new grill for holiday cooking.
  • Repaired Brenda's reading lamp.
  • Glued all sorts of things. 
  • Cooked lots and lots of Christmas goodies and meals (Brenda, not me).
  • Washed a lot of clothes and dishes (Brenda, not me).
  • Drug out Christmas decorations (and there's a lot more of these than for most families).
  • Set up Christmas decorations. 
  • Bought Christmas gifts.
  • Wrapped presents (many)
  • Cleaned up a lot of debris in our large yard.
  • Went deer hunting numerous times and harvested fresh venison for our guests.
  • Picked up at airport (BHM= 60 miles away):  Andrew, Kelly R, David, Rie.
  • Did a LOT of email.
  • Wrote two freelance articles.
  • Edited one academic and 2 freelance articles of others.
  • Read 3 Christian books. 
  • Planned a wedding.
  • Conducted a wedding in our home.
  • Renewed our wedding vows.
  • Had many guests
  • Got power supply replaced in office computer.
  • Finished 12.5 hours of professional Consulting.
  • Signed papers, searching for some older articles i published several years back.
  • Prepared a dual communion and Africa report for our congregation.
  • Prepared a sermon for our congregation.
    Delivered to airport (BHM= 60 miles away):  Andrew, David, Rie.
  • Put away our Christmas decorations. 

Whew!  That's a lot of stuff!!   

But of all that stuff, how much of it has eternal benefits?  Sharing Christ does.  Encouraging one another spiritually does.  Fellowshipping and ministry does.

Which once again reminds me... "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?"  Matt 16
And, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth."  Matt 6

New Year's slogan:  Think eternity, act temporally!

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