Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Dear Colleagues,


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"Life is what happens to you while youre making plans."

(John Lennon) While we may not concur with Lennons personal values or lifestyle, we would agree that the saying, nevertheless is true. Do we not tend to:

Live in the future,

Question the past, and

Push toward the next event on the calendar?

If this is indeed our pattern, perhaps we need to learn how to:

Lighten up,

Slow down,

Smell the flowers, and

Take a deep breath.

And just why cant we seem to enjoyyes, even celebrate the moment? Cause we gotta rush on ahead to:

Gratify our titillations,

Worry about whats next,

Make impressions, and

Climb the ladder.

Surely we need to pause and question whether this is Gods idea of how we are to conduct our lives. Imagine, our Heavenly Father "has freely given us all things to enjoy" + Such as:


The exquisite beauty of tropical fish, a sky red sunset, a fluttering butterfly, a childs unsullied wonder.

The stringed section of a philharmonic orchestra.

Unrushed friendship over a cup of coffee.

All are ours for the satisfactionif we will but take the time to capture the moment. Jesus, who brought into existence those missed sunsets, un-smelled flowers and fallen leaves, was never rushed, uptight or late. Thus, at age 33 He was able to report to His Heavenly Father that He had completed His assigned task. (Jn. 17:4)

The Scriptures remind us that "whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

" (I Jn. 2:6) In other words, we can emulate the Lord Jesus measured lifestyle. So lets once again determine to relax, temper the pace, and regain the eternal perspective as to what is truly important in life. Because this moment is "it." Life is now. Tomorrow is like a receding skyline. If we fail here, we will demonstrate the truth of John Lennons claim that "life is what happens to you while youre making plans."

And that would be a tragedy.

+(I Timothy 6:17b)

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