Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:56
While many people are out on a shopping spree to liquidate any cash reserves they might have left, I am taking this time to do a little bit of reflection.
Thanksgiving dinner is over, everybody's focus is on Christmas and so I plan to take advantage of this space. Everybody is somewhere and I am glad (you did not hear me say it) they are not here.
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is in the kitchen doing whatever she does in the kitchen. I have learned after 43 years of marital bliss that if I want to maintain the bliss in my marriage I need to keep out of the kitchen when someone else is there, especially her. I have learned to live with this and it is a wonderful life.
Resting and reflecting in my easy chair, I started thinking about the past year.
The best way to sum up the past year for me was Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness."
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:52
Josiah Wedgewood was the founder of one of the world's finest pottery businesses. It was his practice to walk through his plant carrying a little hammer. Whenever he detected the slightest defect in any of his earthenware, he would break it and shout, "Only the best is worthy of the name of Wedgewood." That is why his china has maintained the reputation of being among the world's finest.
Have you ever considered what it means to be called "Christian"? It means that we are being called by the name "Christ." What a privilege! But are we worthy?
Often individuals find fault with the way some who are called "Christian" behave. It is not that those in question "believe" wrong, it is simply that they do not "behave" right. It is an observation about how they live and what they do.
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