Weekly Reflections from Pastor Barnes – 9/29/2017


“Sure would be nice if that brush on the point didn’t obscure our view of the lake.” I’m reading Lorra’s mind. Hoisting myself out my easy chair, I grab my axe and pruning shears and head for the point. I’m swinging and chopping, making good headway, when it “hit” me: “Ouuuch!!! Unbeknownst to me, a family of yellow jackets has built a new home in the soft soil of the point and apparently I’m standing in their living room. One second I’m swinging and chopping, the next I’m running for my life, swatting at yellow jackets as I “make tracks” to the camper. I confess I didn’t get out of there unscathed. The little rascals got me on both hands and my left foot. I’m still scratching the welts. I’m a big believer is life lessons. The ordinary and mundane of the day can provide valuable insights if we are attentive students. And so I ask you, what might the moral of the story be? Select the response that you think best suits the circumstance: 1) Don’t wade into a thicket unless you know what’s hiding in the bushes.; 2) If your wife “hands” you a verbal “honey-do list,” pretend like your sleeping.; or 3) If she wants a better view – tell her to move her chair. All kidding aside, even the best-laid plans can run into unforeseen obstacles. Persistence and tenacity are the keys to every successful venture.
Consider the following observation gleaned from the Book of Lists 1980:

During a Monday night football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the announcers observed that Walter Payton, the Bears; running back, had accumulated over nine miles in career rushing yardage. The other announcer remarked, “Yeah, and that’s with somebody knocking him down every 4.6 yards!” Walter Payton, the most successful running back ever, knows that everyone — even the very best– gets knocked down. The key to success is to get up and run again just as hard.

With that being said, my friends – get at it, stick to it, and be blessed