Hidden Talents

16 Jan

Hidden Talents Cannot Always Be Found

Everyone has a hidden talent that they only display under the right circumstances. Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, is very talented when he is playing his guitar. It is a good talent that he tends  only to display when the time is right for him. When asked if he has any hidden talents, Ed would rather talk about the talents he does not have. Ed likes to claim that he has no talent for any activity in the kitchen or the garden what so ever! Not now! Not ever!

I do not know whether I should believe Ed when he mentions a cousin who will wiggle his ears, raise one eyebrow, stand on his head and touch his nose with his tongue if there is a pretty girl around to see him. Ed claims all the special hidden talents of his cousin stay hidden unless there is a beautiful girl to motivate him. Ed has one regret in that try as he might he cannot find within himself the hidden talent to make vast amounts of money. Ed would really like to find hidden within him the ability to make money hand over fist.

Acceptance

8 Jan

Recognized – God Knows Your Name, Face, And Place

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, is still a big fan of the old TV sitcom “Cheers.” The 1980’s show was set in a Boston Bar (Cheers) where customers were known by their first names. Not only did everyone know Norm’s name but other regulars like Cliff, and Fraser. Customers were not only on first name bases with each other, but with the staff: Sam, Woody, Carla, and Diane. The TV show made it clear everyone wants to go to a place where everyone knows your name?

The opposite side of everyone knows my name is nobody knows my name. There isn’t much security or cheerfulness when no one knows your name or cares to know it. In the Old Testament, God often reminded the Israelites that He created and called them to be his special people as their only Savior. The Israelites questioned if God really knew them when they suffered from war, famine, and other disasters. They also forgot to love and honor God when their lives were going well.

Criticism

7 Jan

Damned If You Do And Damned If You Don’t

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, makes some good points about criticism. “A person can be criticized for saying something or for saying nothing. You can be blamed for doing too much or too little. Too often life is being damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

We can get infected with both praise and criticism, but criticism keeps us sneezing and coughing, feverish and cranky. Praise makes us light-headed and happy until it leaves us hungry for more or stuck on prideful.

Never in 2019

29 Dec

Never Give Up On What Is Good In 2019

In discussing the past holiday season with Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, I confessed that I never gave up eating all the treats that were available. It is incredible that I can be so eager to eat all the food I should bypass.  Ed said the answer is to never start on the junk food, chocolates, special baking, etc. Never is a tough word to obey.

I have heard that I should never snack in the evening, but I keep snacking like a starving man until I go to bed. A friend snacks in bed. I have never done that yet, but I will not say I never will. I seem to be too often on the wrong side of never.

Hungry for 2019

19 Dec

What Meaning Will Your Life Have In 2019?

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, has trimmed his New Year’s predictions down to the bare bones. “It used to be that I could sense what the next year would bring, but now the weather, politics, and events are just plain crazy,” Ed informed me. I tried to tell Ed that a few good predictions for 2019 were better than many.

My old neighbor honored me with his 2019 predictions since I won’t be at his New Year’s party where he proclaims his predictions like a famous clairvoyant. According to Ed, bullies will run the world in 2019. Russia in Europe, China in Asia, and Trump in North and South America. In Canada, smoke from cannabis will be as thick as forest fire smoke all year around. It will be the year of earthquakes, volcanoes, and grasshoppers. Grasshoppers will be as numerous as mosquitoes.  On a personal level, Ed feels that I will go on a trip to Asia or Africa in 2019. They will refuse to let me stay there long because I cannot stop sharing about Jesus being the Savior of sinners.

Christmas Then and Now

12 Dec

A Big Fuss Over A Baby Born In A Barn

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, says that Christmas is a big fuss over a baby born in a barn. The baby of the barn who was laid in the manager is worth a great bother.

A little more than 2000 years ago, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for a census to be taken and the entire Roman World. At the time of the birth of Jesus, a huge part of the world was controlled or ruled by the Emperor of Rome.