May 24 2017

About that list

Statue of John Wesley on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky

“God grant that I may never live to be useless!”

– John Wesley, How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer

On this day in 1738, John Wesley had his Aldersgate conversion experience which led to the founding of the Methodist movement. Methodists acknowledge this day as “Aldersgate Day.”

As I talked yesterday…you did read yesterday’s post, didn’t you? As I talked, we all have our to-do lists.

What we put on that list, how long the list is, and our commitment to working through the list, varies with each of us.

What I’m realizing more and more, and I wish I’d realized this in my 20s or even my 30s, is that the things I put on my list need to mean something. They need to have value.

I’m not a doomsday prophet by any means. But, we really only have so much time left.

I have no idea when Christ will return. I just know he’s coming back.

More importantly, as noted yesterday, I have no idea how much time I have left.

I’m not trying to be morbid by any stretch, but if I bring his up again tomorrow, you might just want to check in on me.

I digress.

The point is that I need to make my time worthwhile.

Before we get too obsessed, sometimes mindless surfing the Internet or Television can be worthwhile and restorative.

As long as we don’t do it 24 hours a day.

You know my struggle here to make this blog useful, to make it relevant.

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And, while I appreciate your stopping by on a regular basis, I certainly hope none of you spend 24 hours a day here surfing this blog. I don’t even do that.

I’m not looking for fame. Admittedly, I wouldn’t snark at fortune.

I just want what I do, what I say, to be relevant. To be useful.

It does make me stop and think about how I’m spending my time.

In full disclosure, it makes me wonder if all of those things on my to-do list I was obsessing over yesterday are really worthwhile.

I think I just heard one of my neighbors yell “Oh hell yes, mowing your yard is worthwhile.”

I digress.

I don’t know. I mean I think about all of the things that consume our time, that fill our day. Are they really that important?

Whether we realize it or not, we all have an impact on those around us.

When John Wesley realized his call, he didn’t waste anytime getting down to business.

Sometimes we’re just consumed with busyness.

Today, I’m thinking about all the things that gobble up my time. Are they useful? Are they necessary?

Those are hard questions to ask.

And harder to answer.

It’s Wednesday, the work week is half over.

Get out there and do something useful.

American singer-songwriter, and actress Patti LaBelle was born on this day in 1944.


 

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May 23 2017

A very good place to start

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

– Louis L’Amour

I don’t know about you, but I never get to the end of my “to do” list.

I’m writing this on Saturday morning. Don’t worry, it will still be relevant on Tuesday when you read it.

I’ve gone over my list for the day. There are not enough hours.

At this point I have exactly one hour and four minutes before my self-imposed deadline to go out and mow the yard.

In the meantime, I’ve been struggling to get a couple of sites to cooperate to be able to launch a new line of products that will make me an overnight bazillionaire.

See my struggle? If I could get those to work, I could pay someone to mow for me next week.

Or move to a maintenance free home.

I have a dream.

Until then, I have things to do. We all do.

Truth is, we’ll never get to the end of our lists. That’s how we know we’re still alive.

I mean, sure, I dream of retiring from the day job…perhaps this week more than any other in a long time.

That’s another story, which may or may not be in the book.

I’ve love to check out of that job and spend my time writing, acting, and painting…canvas, not the house.

That would be a new beginning for me.

But, I’m not there yet.

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The thing is, I don’t want to get to the end of my list and just wait for the final curtain.

As long as I can move, as long as I’m breathing, I’ll be working on something.

It may be the next great American novel, or Tony winning play or performance.

Or maybe one day, I’ll finally get to have that art show.

Or it may be that I just finally get all of those daylilies transplanted.

I’m not ready to talk about the end of my life, I’m hoping I’ve got another good 20-30 years, at least. But, I’m also hoping that the end won’t come with my being in a facility wheeled out in my chair every day to sit by the nurse’s station.

I have a deal with my older son to make sure that doesn’t happen. I won’t share the details here in case this blog is admissible in court.

But enough about that. I have a list of things to do.

A never-ending list.

Let’s get started.

Again.

And again.

Make the most of your Tuesday. It’s okay if you don’t finish your list.

American singer, Rosemary Clooney, was born on this day in 1928 (died 2002).



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