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    Operation Simplification

    Over the past two years, I’ve developed a strong desire for simplicity in my life. I call it “Operation Simplification”. Nice rhyming, aint’ it? Anyway – the idea is that I begin to take steps to simplify my life. Getting rid of excess; recycling; living on less; purchasing only necessities. At times I’ve done rather well and at other times I’ve fallen of the wagon. Successes: same jeep for over eight years (paid in full four years ago); modest home furnished with mostly bargains; large pile of objects awaiting a trip to Salvation Army – the result of the latest comprehensive cleansing of my house and my closets. Failures: continued…

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    Remembering the Important Things

    Today was a day of catch up on house chores. Bills paid, laundry done, dishes washed. Feeling good and almost caught up at home. Had dinner with my family tonight and then watched the new release 13 Going On 30 which was a pretty cute movie. Similar to the movie Big starring Tom Hanks. Anyway – I was touched by the reminder that it is important to always remember what is important in life and what kind of person you want to be remember for being. Recognizing true friends; loving family; doing what you enjoy; being a person of character and integrity. In this movie, we get a needed reminder…

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    Recharging

    I took today off to recharge. I realized yesterday that it had been nearly three weeks since I had been home in the evenings or had some “me” time. This morning I hit a wall and knew I needed a couple of days to get away from work and do some things for me. I slept in and ate lunch with my parents, sister and Blake, my soon-to-arrive nephew. I went to the grocery store for something to put in my empty refrigerator. And tonite, I went for my recharging walk around the park and am settling down to read! A quality day off and I have another one tomorrow!!…

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    Dealing with Death

    I attended a funeral today for a 23-year-old guy who was the beloved baby brother of a friend of mine. He was killed over the weekend in a boating accident. The pictures and the presence of friends and family at his funeral were a meaningful testimony to those of us who did not have the pleasure of knowing him. I learned that he loved life; made the most of his time; brought laughter to many; made a difference in the lives of young boy who were struggling to make good choices; was loved by many and was in love with Christ. As I read back over the lessons I learned…

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    Mondays . . .

    Today was one of those marathon Mondays. Spent the morning preparing for a conference. Left at 2 pm and returned at midnight. What a day . . . a lot of time and had two for the conference. Despite the numbers, I did enjoy our discussions and they said it was worth their time so no regrets on either side. Came home and my house had been rolled for the second night in a row. Ahh . . . the perks of youth ministry. I must give props to this group. Not only was I unable to remove all the tp from the massive tree in my front yard, but…