My computer is off at the repair shop; no word yet on possible outcomes. Unfortunately, my daughter’s old laptop is threatening to give up the ghost, as well, with strange error messages reporting it cannot access the hard drive. Right now I would be thankful to have a dependable laptop that works. Hopefully, my spouse’s computer guru will be able to accomplish this mission, and I’ll have my Dell Vostro back in hand in short order.
This morning I met with a group of colleagues in ministry to discuss the lessons for this coming Sunday, and the gospel lesson from the eighth chapter of Mark proved quite convicting, especially verses 34-35: “He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” Ouch!
Granted, I did a little more than give up an indulgence like chocolate or coffee or television for Lent, but what do I really know about denying myself? I have very nice roof over my head, sufficient clothing, plenty of good food, reliable transportation, healthcare, and more than enough “stuff.” It’s way too easy for me to keep my mind on the things of the world — like ailing computers — that really, in the grand scheme of things, do not amount to a hill of beans. A little reality check is a good thing!
Meanwhile, Lent rolls on, and so does my 40/40/40 Challenge. Here are my results for days five and six.
For days five and six, I am honoring two more friends from North Dakota who made my time there a real joy. Both of these women are strong, courageous, and amazing. They’ll know who they are in short order!
For day five, I am finally parting with a beloved Eddie Bauer sweater and coordinating turtleneck. I have hung on to this set even though it is now too big for me and doesn’t really match my color scheme (although there’s not much scheming to my color palette). It’s still a nice sweater, but it needs a new home. For day six, I am giving away an almost brand new sweatshirt that is really too small. I am finally truly convinced that clothing should not sit in one’s closet unworn. No need to hoard, right?
Yesterday, I was thankful for a good night’s sleep. It’s been a busy, stressful, crazy week so far, and I slept incredibly soundly. It was glorious! Today, I am thankful that my oldest daughter is finally home from Korea. I can’t adequately explain how wonderful it is to have both my girls under the same roof, even if it is only temporary. Every day is a gift. Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for bringing Elspeth safely home again.
That’s all for tonight! I hope each one of you had a good day and found much for which to be thankful. Remember, a grateful heart is contagious and life-giving. Try it! You’ll be amazed at what happens.
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