With so many big things going on, this may seem rather insignificant; but I'm becoming healthier in a physical kinda way by not eating my last meal of the day after 7:00 p.m.
Let me explain.
I was on a bad streak of eating late and then hitting the sack.
While Kopper and my high maintenance ministries demand an early start to every day, my stomach began demanding attention around 2:00 a.m.
Simply, this gross stuff kept bubbling up and...
And to think I used to make fun of Grandma Thelma for popping Tums like Junior Mints at a Saturday matinee.
Anyway, Don heard me talking/moaning about it and said he hasn't had those kinda challenges since eating his last meal of the day before 7:00 p.m.
I tried it and it works.
That's why I refuse to eat after 7:00 p.m. no matter who's offering tempting treats.
Of course, I have a whole new set of problems; like coming off as rather rude at wedding receptions, family gatherings, and other dates when the last meal of the day begins after 7:00 p.m.
I've solved that by chalking it up as another opportunity for family, friends, foes, and others to ___ and ___ about me.
Parenthetically, I've learned some not most people need targets of transference for their pejorative pathologies.
Be that as it is, I've made the decision that I don't like getting up at 2:00 a.m. because I need four or five hours of sleep to be reasonably alert through waking hours.
Getting back to Don, he's right on lots of stuff.
He's a Gideon.
I like Gideons because they like Jesus and know everybody needs Jesus and enflesh Romans 1:16-17; unlike most mainline pulpiteers/pewsitters that I gotta hang around.
They also believe the Bible is more, uh, divine than Twain, Maclaine, and whatever fancy satiates lusts.
Don takes Matthew 25 seriously; knowing the call/command is to all people who take Jesus seriously and not just those who are paid to be holy.
He has never come to me and asked, "Pastor, have you seen ___ lately?" He does it! Aside from knowing I rarely have time to schedule poops anymore, he knows true believers don't wait for somebody else to do what God has already called/commanded them to do.
As I was thanking God for Don on the bigger things, something from Jesus came to mind: "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling small things, so now I will give big things to you to handle. Let's celebrate together!"
Could it be that Don does such a good job on the big things because he knows how to handle the small things?
Could it be that too many churches do such a lousy job on the big things because they can't handle the small things?
Is that why churches paralyzed/polluted by pettiness never seem to get around to...?
Blessings and Love!
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