Paper airplanes and bathtubs don't mix

[Dec 10, 2008]


Howdy all -

I managed to save some paper by screwing up trying Mish's CD blog (YOU ASKED FOR IT!), so I decided to do something else with it. I tried to make a paper airplane, but did you ever try that? In a bathtub? Maybe a paper submarine next time. So out came the crayons.

Anyway I've been reading a book by Chuck Swindoll called "Laugh Again". In there he quotes a writing by Helen Mallicoat that struck me. Of course, lots of things strike me, but I'm learning to duck and dodge pretty good. Anyway, here it is:

I was regretting the past
And fearing the future...
Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
"MY NAME IS I AM." He paused.
I waited. he continued,

"WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE PAST,
WITH ALL ITS MISTAKES AND REGRETS,
IT IS HARD. I AM NOT THERE.
MY NAME IS NOT I WAS."

"WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE FUTURE,
WITH ALL ITS PROBLEMS AND FEARS,
IT IS HARD. I AM NOT THERE.
MY NAME IS NOT I WILL BE."

"WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE MOMENT,
IT IS NOT HARD,
I AM HERE.
MY NAME IS I AM."

He goes on to say that truly joyful people stay in the present - the here and now, not the then and never. This is probably one of the hardest lessons for this drunk to learn. Staying in the moment. Not borrowing trouble - whether it is from yesterday or tomorrow. Worrying and fretting over things that have already happened and events that most likely never will. Sacrificing my happiness over something I can't fix. Part of "Let go and let God" ideal. That's me. I give it all to him, then jerk about half of it back. But then, I guess that's better than I used to be. I didn't even used to give Him the time of day...

Nuff said,
Dennis

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