Accidental Love

May 25, 2024 by  
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Tomorrow I would turn sixteen. Today, I was running errands with my Mom in her car. I was driving through an intersection when another car slammed into us, pushing us into a telephone pole. My head hit the rearview mirror and split the bridge of my nose wide open. The car was totaled. After thirteen stitches and a citation for running a yellow light, which to this day I don't remember seeing, I found myself sitting at home; waiting for my Dad.

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A Degree Worth Receiving

May 13, 2024 by  
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A few years ago my family had a big discussion about the importance of college degrees versus life experience.  A friend of ours had lost his job and because he didn't have a college degree, was being passed up for a lot of jobs he was more than qualified for.  I argued that even though I have a college degree I felt that this man's experience should put him on an even plane with me, and in some instances beyond me.  It was interesting.  Those in the discussion who had the college degrees felt as I did, but those who didn't have degrees felt that the degree should give me a "leg-up.”  I thought about that discussion for some time before I realized where the disparity came from.  Those of us who have learned a lot have learned that the more we learn the more we know what we don't know.  In other words, our knowledge shows us how much we have yet to learn.

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Holding on to the Unchangeable

May 2, 2024 by  
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I don’t like change, and I don’t like surprises.  I want everything done decently and in order.  Predictability is just below godliness on my list.  The problem is, I live in a very unpredictable world—, and so do you.  From the time I was a young girl, however, I knew things weren’t as they should be.  Inequity surrounded me, but I felt impotent to do anything about it.  As a result, when I hit my teens, I became a champion of causes, defending the underdog at every opportunity and jumping on every soapbox that demanded justice for someone.  None of it did much good, though.  You see, I recognized the problem but I didn’t know the Problem-Solver.  I saw the injustice but had no relationship with the righteous Judge.  I longed for people to be treated fairly and equally but erroneously believed that unfair and unequal human beings could dispense such treatment.

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Who Am I?

April 22, 2024 by  
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“Can you take a long article and cut it down for me?” asked the church secretary.  “Sure, I'd be glad to help you out.  How long is the original article?” I replied.”  Well—we asked for a bio, and received a four-page article.  I only have space for about 75-100 words.”  You’re talking a major reduction here!  Sure, I'm up for the challenge. Give me a couple of days.” I said, before ending the phone conversation.
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Minding Your Business

April 11, 2024 by  
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A dear friend shared a great story with me this week.  The story was about an elderly man who remembered when he was a little boy during the Depression.  The boy and his family were fairly isolated from the details of the bad news that flooded the country, but occasionally someone returning from a trip to the big city would stop by their farm for a quick visit.  The boy and his father would then stop their work in the fields and come to stand by the fence and talk with the visitor, who proceeded to tell them how very bad everything really was.  After listening for a while, the father would then turn to the boy and say, “All right, son, that’s enough bad news.  It’s time to get back to work.”

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