Thor is taking fishing to the next level this year. While he has been fishing several times over the past few years, this year he began learning more about the process that comes after the catch. He is learning about and how to identify the various species of fish in our area as well as how to clean and prepare them to eat.
Right now the world just seems off.
We are socially distanced with sickness and death all around.
Mixed messages, injustice, and instability are causing strife.
Bad news, financial woes, health scares, and worry abound.
Tension, confusion, and fear are so thick you could cut it with a knife.
I do not have the answers.
I surely lack the security clearance to call up the president, the governor, or even the mayors.
I do not have the expertise, education, or knowledge to begin to create a solution for a disease.
I lack the experience to give you any stock market advice.
I doubt I have the words to put your fears at ease.
But I can offer you a few words of encouragement. A few thoughts to help you through another day.
A prayer for you and for all as we face uncertain and unprecedented times. Rarely knowing what to say.
If we live long enough we will face tough times and will enjoy great moments. If we live long enough the worst of humankind into our memories will be burned. If we live long enough we will also see the best that life has to offer. If we live long enough our kids will see how we overcome adversity and we will be able to teach our grandkids the lessons that we learned.
Some of it is good. Some of it is bad. Most of it ‘is what it is’ as they say.
Most of it is neutral. Most of it could go either way.
All depending on where you are standing. All depending on your attitude you took.
All depending on how you want to see it. All depending upon your outlook.
But rest assured, none of it is new. In many cases there is not much we can do.
We scream and holler. Some riot and cause a ruckus. We could rant and rave.
We can sit and observe shaking our head in disbelief or disgust. Or we can stand up choosing to be brave.
In the conclusion of the matter, the one thing that we can do, is to do what we can do.
To be present with our family and teach them to love unconditionally.
To hold them tight, to say ‘I love you’ as we tuck them in at night.
To not just say the right things but to stand up to the wrong doings that life often brings.
To remain calm and solid as the rock in the storm. Never moving and being there to set the new norm.
There is nothing new under the sun. All there is to do, is do what we know must be done.
To own what we can and let go, what is out of our control.
To make the best of every situation.
To make the most of every occasion.
To be grateful for every blessing.
To cherish every moment passing.
Be the example that you need. Be the example they need.
Be the change you need to see. Be who you need to be.
To do more than run your mouth. Do more than talk.
Lead the way, take action. It is time to walk the walk.
Most around us is out of our control. Most of the world is out of our hands.
Stress and worry can take their toil. Be intentional and do what you can.
I will make a difference today. I will make the world around me a better place.
Be a change where you are. Make life better and put a smile on someones face.
I will leave it better by doing what I can do.
Today do what you can because that is up to you.
– Praying for you, Brooks
As part of Thor’s class, each child gets to bring Corduroy the Bear home for a weekend.
Along with Corduroy comes several books telling of some of Corduroy’s adventures.
While Corduroy may only be a little stuffed bear a weekend can provide some great value. When Thor was given the opportunity to bring Corduroy home we used it as more than just a teddy bear.
We emphasize responsibility, proper care of other’s things, and how to share and teach others about the things we enjoy.
A man that had much more than he could even store decided to tear down his existing barns and rebuild bigger barns to hold all his stuff. He then sat back with a smile on his face thinking of his own greatness and said to himself “I have a lot of things. Barns busting at the seams. I have acquired many things. I am gonna kick back and take it easy.”
As he kicked back looking over all the stuff he had acquired, he closed his eyes and dozed off to sleep. And he never woke up.
He left a lot of stuff behind him, but what did he really leave behind?
What did his family do with all that stuff?
Were they happy to have the stuff or were they longing for another day with him?
Did he even know his family or had he left a wake of destruction in his path to having things?
Jesus gave us this parable not to say that wealth or having nice things is bad. It is not even to say that having a lot of things is bad. But it is a great reminder to us that we leave more than just stuff.
Leaving a legacy is more than just an inheritance or trust fund. It’s the small moments. The bedtime stories. The knowledge we pass on as we walk in the woods. The laughs we share while not catching fish. The smiles, winks, and thumbs up we give.
When it comes our time and we kick back and close our eyes for the last time, the things we have acquired will not matter. But the legacy, the moments that we created, the memories we leave behind will live long and be prized more than any possession they can hold.
What are you leaving behind? What legacy will you leave? It is up to you!
Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”Luke 12:13-21
“Friend,” he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”
Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?”
“That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Many young ones are heading to the woods this weekend with the Juvenile hunt in full swing. I wanted to share a relevant and timely poem. While I am unsure of the original author and have seen a few different variations, it is the meaning and impact that matters.
If you have a little one following you, into the woods or just through life, then read this carefully and allow the weight of it to make you stronger. I read this daily to help me to be better for the ones that follow me!
“A LITTLE FELLOW FOLLOWS ME”
A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray,
For fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes,
What’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me he says he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every work of mine;
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me.
I must remember as I go,
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow;
I’m building for the years to be
That little chap who follows me.
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me —
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me
Do you have any readings or momentos that remind you of your purpose and the importance of being present and living the full life that GOD has created us to live?