Senior Moment

      The

     Senior Moment

Glenstone Baptist Church, December, 2020

THE YEAR TO COME

In our system of telling time and measuring its progress, we are setting our minds to thinking about a new year. Naturally, we wonder what it will be like? Will we be happy or sad? What might we do to make it more what we think we want?

Let us consider what people have on their wish lists. For most people to whom I have talked over the years, the number one answer would be to have more money. All around us new products are being offered for sale, but at our present level of income we are not able to purchase them. Everyone will have their own list of desirables.

We are not suggesting that such desires are wrong, but often they may not be very practical. Suppose that your financial situation changed for the better. Is the desired object what you need most or just want? Would your life really be better if you realized your desires? Would a better job which paid more, require more of your time? Would you have less family time?

At this point suppose your desire might be for your family situation. All too many families have too little family time together. We realize that there can be problems which pull families apart. Is that good? Was that what you imagined that your family would be like? I don’t believe that I have ever talked to a couple who imagined that home life would be unpleasant when they married, although I have talked to many who were in such a situation and were grieving about it.

A closely related item for which we often wish is for good health. For too many people and homes the issue of health is a major concern. The frequency of cancerous situations or heart problems affect entirely too many homes. Either of these conditions pose the likelihood of major expense, if not now, at least some time in the future. No one likes living under such threats or possibilities.

Many feel that some insurance policy might give some relief in days to come, but many do not have such protection. And even if such protection exists, there is little certainty that it will be available when it is most needed. So, we simply hope for good health in future days. Perhaps it will be there when needed.

Many wish for a better church to help meet our future spiritual needs. We frequently fail to realize that this could be one of our primary responsibilities. After all, most people choose a church fellowship which is made up of people like ourselves. Are we the sort of person that we feel our church should be composed of people like us? Truly, we want our church to be made up of people who are willing to minister to others, and possibly even to people like us.

One way for us to have a better new year is to spend more time in prayer. We may not get everything which we want, but we can be sure that God hears us and in His own wisdom will determine what the best answer will be. Also our praying will help us to know and better understand what is going on in our new day.

At this point, let me point out that both our present and our future are in the hands of God who cares about

our past, our present and our future. We can trust Him to provide for our needs, both real and imagined in 2020.

GO TEAM FOR JANUARY

Our GO Team meeting for January will be at 11:00 AM on January 21, and our speaker will be Richard Crabtree. He researches and collects vintage photographs and has photos on numerous topics. He will be showing pictures of early railroading. We are glad to have him returning to bring us more up-to-date about our city. We will follow his presentation with our carry-in lunch.


P R I O R I T I E S

FOR THE NEW YEAR

I asked God to grant me patience. God said, “No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.”

I asked God to give me happiness. God said, “No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.”

I asked God to spare me pain. God said, “No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, “No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.”

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, “No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.”

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as God loves me. God said, “Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.”

What did the librarian say when the books were such a mess? We should be ashamed of ourshelves!

 

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Now that I'm "older" (but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats have turned into All Bran.
3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded . . .
5. If all is not lost, where is it?
6. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
7. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the
bathroom.
8. If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would have put them on my knees.
9. It's not hard to meet expenses ... they're everywhere.
10. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and

then wonder what I'm here after.
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Don’t use “beef stew” as a computer password. It’s not stroganoff.

 

WINTER--SPRING

 

S G N I L D E E S S S E S S H

P M X W E B K J Y U U H M H Q

R D R O G A R D E N S C O L D

I P J O N Q U I L S R R V Y C

N W A H W I H R O H V O S L Z

G I F T E H U O B I L C O A A

T N A U A Y T Q M N D U F T R

I D P R T A B R E E D S A F U

M M X A H C A H A S R Y C F L

E Q B B E I S K W E O A D H C

F T U I R N I R W R B N Q E T

P B S R S T E O X X I K X R M

I Q K D E H L N B K N L C U U

L N W S H F Q I H O S B T X L

 

Bird                                     Clouds

Cold                                    Crocus

Earthworms                        Equinox

Flowers                              Gardens

Gift                                    Hyacinth

Jonquils                             Kites

Rain                                   Robins

Seedlings                          Springtime

Sunshine                          Weather

Wind

 

Authorities at a day care center charged a toddler with resisting a rest.

Acupuncture is a jab well done.

Never interrupt someone concentrating on a difficult newspaper puzzle unless you're prepared to hear some cross words.

I invested a lot of money into an origami business, but it folded.

You never see photons carrying suitcases because they're always traveling light.

When you hold a poem up to a mirror, you'll see it's written inverse.