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Monday, January 29 2018
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Sunday, January 21 2018
Pastor Thomas' Encouraging Word for Monday, January 22, 2018

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Monday, January 15 2018

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Monday, January 08 2018

Good morning, friends!  I hope you are bearing up well in these frigid temps.  It’s hard to remember a cold snap like this one but in a few years we’ll say the same thing again!  Still, let’s get to it.

“In more than thirty years of research I’ve discovered a very important truth about human psychology: certainty is a cruel mindset.  It hardens our minds against possibility and closes them to the world we actually live in.  When all is certain there are no choices.  If there is no doubt there is no choice.”

Ellen Langer

One of the strange ironies of life I’ve learned is that while we are desperate for certainties life in fact offers very few of them.  So in the place of uncommon true certainties we substitute false ones.  This irony is clear to me in health issues, age issues, work issues, relationship issues… pretty much everywhere.  Perhaps a couple of examples might make it a bit clearer.

“Richard” is an early senior adult aged gentleman, with average health but facing the expected declines associated with age.  Day after day as he learns that things once easy have become hard he formulates a growing list of “can’ts”.  I can’t do this; I can’t do that.  Pretty soon he can’t do much of anything.   Sounds certain, but is it true? 

“Sally” is a young woman with ambition and drive but also frustrations and unrealized goals.  She hasn’t advanced as much as she wanted and her relationships don’t really exist.  She begins to view her current realities as concrete facts.  Sounds certain, but are they?

Examples are plentiful and greatly varied.  You have some and so do I.  We cling to our false certainties when in fact possibilities exist.  Why?  That’s a question for another day.  What is clear is what Ms. Langer says; certainty kills everything: choices, possibilities, opportunities, etc.  And who needs that?

·         Consider a certainty of your own; is it really as certain as you’ve made it?

·         Step back from it and ask yourself, “What are two options I have to change it?”

·         Develop the habit of breaking down certainties and opening up options.

I “don’t” eat olives and that’s certain enough for me.  Some certainties are OK, but not certainties that limit us.  Become less certain about your limitations and more confident in your possibilities.  I think you’ll see a brave new world open up for you.  I have much faith in you!  Have a wonderful week.

Matthew 14:13-21

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Monday, January 01 2018

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

Bill Vaughn

Happy New Year, friends!  If you are working today my prayers are with you.  May the day be short!  Time is, so let’s get to it.

Many people think of New Year’s Day as a springboard to a new start.  This is the “resolutions” crowd.  Are you a resolutions setter?  I do most years but my understanding of resolutions has changed over time.  Another way I see people experience New Year’s Day is as a pivot point.  Sure, any day or moment can be a pivot point, or a good day for resolutions for that matter, but culturally recognized days are helpful.  Have you ever seen New Year’s Day as a pivot point?

Whether one is an optimist or a pessimist the triggers seem to be the same.  What triggers?  Consider the list.  Loss of loved ones, health challenges, love issues, financial struggles, damage of possessions, etc. etc. etc.  “Negative” seems to be the theme of triggers.  Experience has taught me that I cannot predict who will be the optimist or the pessimist; circumstance dictates those options.  Will you take the triggers of this year and long for a fresh start in the new year, or will the triggers of this year make you pessimistic about the options in the new year?  There is no judgement here, only a call for awareness.

To complicate the matter even a bit more, I have both springboard issues for the new year and pivot issues as well.  I’ve experienced some “old man” health issues this year I’m ready to leave in the past and also I have some new health initiatives I’m ready to launch in the new year.  I think my experience is reflective of most of us, a mix of old and new.  Midnight came last night and it found in most of us both an optimist AND a pessimist.  What matters is what we’re doing with the triggers.

• What are the experiences of 2017 that matter to your new year?

• Which are those experiences you want to end and which ones would you like to improve?

• What are you going to do about it, and when?

Whatever today is for you I hope you are resolved to make 2018 the best year you can.  So much of what you experience this year is your choice; choose wisely!  Again, happy new year!  

Matthew 3:13-17

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