February 26, 2014
I used to have a poster that said that a gift should not be measured by the size of the gift, but by the spirit of the gift. Now, i have a better understanding what that means. A kind word. I thought of an example to illustrate the meaning. When my daughter was very young, about 4 years old, she brought me a piece of paper one day and said Here Daddy, i made this for you. And i looked at it, and it looked like a bunch of scribbling, some scribbled pictures, and then it looked like she took crayons and scribbled over the top of everything. And i said what is it? She said, What do you mean, what is it? It’s you and me, holding hands in the park ! And of course i told her it was beautiful, even thought it looked like a 4 year old drew it. And if i took that artwork to the museum, they wouldn’t give me a million dollars for it. No, they probably wouldn’t give me any money for it. But, what it represented was a little girl’s love for her father. Which is immeasurable. And so i had an idea what it means, that you can’t judge a gift by it’s size. But rather, by the spirit behind the gift. So if someone gives me a dollar, or even a penny, to me it represents much more than the monetary value. It means that people cared enough that they wanted to do a little more. Although at times, one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another is a kind word.
I was thinking also about the sabbath, and keeping or not keeping the sabbath. But mostly, i was just lamenting that i don’t have enough time to devote to God. Entirely. Life is so distracting. I don’t like it to take away from my spiritual time. So i thought about it quite a bit, and i told God i’m sorry that i get so distracted by the earthly world and it takes away my time from God. And to my surprise, God understands. God knows everything of course, and knows that life is distracting. And that is why, God set up one day a week for sabbath. So that at least one day a week, we take a day and we devote it to God, and thinking about God, and prayer. And at least we have one day a week. Otherwise, when would we have time? And i understand, it can be any day, it can be anytime. We are not bound to follow Old TEstament laws. But rather, God is very pleased when we devote any time we have to God. So i felt better, because i had been concerned with not devoting enough time. At least, that’s how i felt.
I had found more signs that my mouse friend was still in my truck . So, i modified my mouse trap a little, and enticed him into the trap. Where, the little critter walked right in. This morning, i found him in the trap, eating the prize. He thought he was trapped, but actually, what he found was freedom. So i took a video of him and let him loose where he ran back into the field. Where he belongs. I don’t mind him hanging out, but he is unsanitary, and i can’t really keep him in the truck.
I saw my friend whom i haven’t seen for about 6 years. And he said, You lost a lot of weight, what did you start doing, a bunch of speed? And i was like No, but i can’t really explain it to him. And i don’t like people to think that about me, but i realize, whenever i see anybody who has lost a lot of weight, i always think that about them too. I still have about the same diet. I feel great, i don’t get that hungry. I don’t know if i could row a kayak around for very many hours, but i don’t see why not.
I understand now, people cry when they are sad, and they sing when they are happy. I thought about praying, and i thought about praying about common everyday things. The song What a Friend We have in Jesus says we should take Everything to God in prayer. And i thought, what if i pray about catching that mouse? Is it even appropriate to pray for such a thing as that? But, the next morning, the mouse was in the trap.
Yesterday, i was thinking about something, and i wasn’t sure what to do. So, I said, God, what should i do? And God answered me and said Do the best you can do.