Weekly Reflection for January 22, 2019

Something To Think About

Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Chaplain

“I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”  John 10: 10

Lorra is engaged in a new hobby.  She works at her craft every evening.  She is not always sure how things are going to work out – it’s a free flowing enterprise.   They call it adult coloring.  Yeah!  You remember coloring as a child.   You spent hours hunched over those wonderful books full of sketches aimed at stirring the imagination.   Give a child a handful of crayons and turn them loose. Many of my young friends at the church have given Pastor samples of their colorful creations.  I post them on the walls in my office.   Nothing quite as precious as a colorful masterpiece created through the imaginative genius of a child.  Adult coloring boasts a little more detail, but the objective is the same: “What can you do with a little imagination and a box of colored pencils?”    Lorra is busy building an impressive collection of these colorful gems.

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Life is a huge canvas.  What are you doing with it?  Are you painting with bright, cheerful, and life-giving pastels or do you dabble in shades of gray?  It’s up to you, you know?  When you wake up in the morning, you will decide what colors will dominate your life -tapestry.  Jesus said: “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”   Don’t know if you had a New Year’s resolution, but if not this might be a good one.   When folks look at the life you are “coloring,” do they see bright colors or drab shades of black and gray.  I encourage you to pay attention to the colors you select.  Your choice will affect your outlook on life. 

Consider the following story, author unknown:

Prior to entering a conference at a Presbyterian church in Omaha, people were given helium filled balloons and told to release them at some point in the service when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts. Since they were Presbyterians, they weren’t free to say “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord.” All through the service balloons ascended, but when it was over 1/3 of the balloons were unreleased. Let your balloon go.

Pastor Donald Barnes