A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners.
At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote ‘Revelation 3:20’ on the back of it and stuck it in the door. When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, ‘Genesis 3:10.’ Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’ Genesis 3:10 reads, ‘I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.’
Holy Experiment Day – So many people pay lip service to believing in God, and sadly enough more and more people are either denying that God exists, or say they aren’t sure, and if this makes me sad, it must be breaking the heart of God. Look at how much He does for us each day! So this holiday is a day to try something religious. It’s a chance to go out on a limb and try something you may not have done for awhile, or maybe never. This is a day to experiment and talk to God. It’s OK to talk to Him, you know, and He will listen. You can keep it as simple as thanking Him for the new day, for something you appreciate in your life (after all EVERYTHING we have is because of Him – that won’t change just because you may not believe it), ask Him for something important to you – maybe that someone ill feels better, maybe for a positive change in your job, or maybe that you can have peace in a troubled world. Say grace and see if others join you – that’s always a good one to do. God may grant you all, or none of your desired results. One very important thing to remember is that God is not a vending machine – the prayers go in and what you want comes out. He may decide that what you have asked for is not in His plan, or won’t be for your good. You may not understand the outcome, but it will all work out in the end because He is in control. Holy experiments are good as long as you remember that our very human limitations in no way limit God. The best result from this celebration? That at the end of the day you are closer to God and feel His presence in a way that perhaps you didn’t before.
Hug a GI Day – This celebration is one that is very close to my heart – as are several this month. The men and women who serve in our armed forces are incredibly special. They put their lives on the line for us, they love our country, they put their lives on hold to serve this nation and have vowed to defend her, even if means their own injury or death. My Grandfathers, Father, Multiple Uncles, Son and my Son-in-Law are all veterans, my son-in-law was wounded in action and suffers daily for his service. He would do it all again, no regrets, to serve our country. All they want in return is to be appreciated for their service – not disrespected. Disrespect is the least of what some of our troops suffer. It means more to them to be thanked for their service than you will ever know – so when you see one of our armed forces in town, or wherever you are – thank them! If they will allow it, give them a hug! (ask first, if they suffer from PTSD it may make them uncomfortable). Let them know that their service and their sacrifice has not gone unnoticed and is appreciated each and every day. God bless our armed forces!
National Noodle Month – Noodles come in many different sizes, shapes, textures and flavors. Noodles are a staple food and play a very important role in different cultures around the world. Think about all the different types – here are a few for starters . . .Pasta, Wonton Noodles, Udon Noodles, Rice Noodles, Vermicelli and Soba are just a start. They come in white, whole grain, wheat, rice, corn, etc. Gluten free is a relatively new addition to the noodle world, as the need becomes more common. I love noodles – so I’ll just name a few of my favorite dishes with noodles in them, but I’m sure all of you have MANY more! My top 5 from least favorite to most favorite:
4. Tuna Noodle Casserole
3. Phad Thai
2. Chicken Pho
1. Noodles with Peanut Butter Sauce (MMMMMM!!!!)
National Nutrition Month – We live in a time when so much of our food is highly processed, nutritionally void filler, that we as a nation are getting bigger and bigger, and more and more unhealthy each and every day. Childhood obesity is at an all time high, and if you take a look at most of their parents you can see why. Fast food is a fact of many families run-run-run lives, as they take their kids from one activity to the next. Sitting down to a nutritionally balance meal is something mostly left for the weekends, if even then. This month is a time to focus on getting back to the basics of healthy, nutritionally based eating. Maybe for this month – even if it’s something that would be inconvenient, put a focus on preparing your meals at home, making sure they nutritionally balanced. It will give more family time around the table, and by the end of the month food that tastes good will have become the norm, rather than the odd occasion.
National Procrastination Week – How do we celebrate this week? Why putting everything off to the last minute of course! No, I’m kidding. Procrastination is actually not a good thing – but it does make me wonder why we do it? I know there are some things I’m right on top off all of the time, and others I just put off and put off and put off. . . but why? Sometimes we can be looking at a task that just feels too large and just feel overwhelmed. And sometimes, for some people, it is just a matter of setting priorities. For a small few – I hope it is a small few – it’s just laziness. Breaking down a huge task into smaller ones can make them much more easily managed, and take away the need to procrastinate. Setting a deadline can also help. Work backwards from that deadline to make mini-deadlines will make it easier and more doable. Preparing ahead so you aren’t overwhelmed by getting everything ready – that too will help. All of these things can make it easier to deal with – one project at a time.
National Sleep Awareness Week – This week brings focus on the importance of sleep for our health. It ends with the return to Daylight Savings Time, when clocks more ahead one hour and we lose one hour of sleep. I know that for myself, if I get less than 6 hours of sleep I am rummy the next day and can barely keep my eyes open, but if I get more than 7 or 8 hours I wake up with a horrible headache. Sleeping in isn’t always a good option to me, no matter how enticing it is. A good thing to do this week is to make sure we all get to bed at a reasonable hour to give our bodies the rest they require to function in a healthy way.
It’s hard for me to tell you HOW to celebrate this day since we’re all over the board here. Every single thing seems to be contradicted by the fact that it is National Procrastination Week. I do think though that the important stuff should come first, procrastinating last. Of course, that isn’t really procrastinating is it? Oh my goodness, the confusion! So laugh at Holy Humor, have some good conversation with God, Hug a soldier, eat some noodles, get LOTS of sleep and plenty of good, nutritious food. If you have time after ALL of that, put something off until tomorrow. God bless you today – I’ll see you tomorrow!