Friday, December 08, 2006

Time Flies

Wow, again almost another month has past since my last post. Time is flying these days! I suppose the obvious question is "Am I having fun?" You the saying - Time flies when you're having fun. I suppose that's true, but it hasn't necessarily been the case here. Let me share...

Thanksgiving travel - don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving which I think gets overlooked too often for Christmas. And I love my wife's family who we traveled to see and had a very enjoyable time with, but catching up from the time away is difficult. And then there's the 2nd job. Yes it's true, I have taken a part-time job in the evenings to help with the impending Christmas expenditures (family ski trip - YEAH!!), and to alleviate some debt, and it's been eating my lunch. I have come to appreciate down time, of which there isn't much these days. And last but not least, last week a water pipe burst in our home, in the concrete slab. If you don't know about these things, it's bad, it's expensive and the time and hassle I've spent dealing with plumbers, flooring people and my insurance company is not something I'd wish upon my enemies. Happy holidays right?!

But before you begin to think I'm complaining, I need to tell you how I feel aside from the flying time thing. I feel good. Tired, but good. I'm very grateful for my family's health, everyone is doing good right now. I'm very, very thankful for the 2nd job that is providing some relief to my budget, and I get to develop new associations and friendships there that I probably wouldn't otherwise. And for the first time in many years, I'm excited about Christmas. I have a deep seated joy and peace that I haven't had in years this Christmas. I can't really put a finger on it, other than I know it's Jesus just doing what He promised He would.

You see, that's why God came to us in human form, suffered and died for us, and overcame death - to give us joy and peace among life's troubles. He didn't say my plumbing wouldn't crap out (pardon the pun), or I'd have more money than I knew what to do with, or that I'd have too much time on my hands. No, in fact He said that all of that and more would probably happen, but He has overcome it, and if I place my life and trust in Him - I can overcome it too. And I am, even in all the stuff of this life I can find joy and peace in Him. It's real, it's mine and I'm enjoying it.

What about you? Is time flying? Are the holidays stressing you out? Would you like something different? His name is Jesus and He'd love to hear from you. Merry Christmas.


Peace......

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