Set this day for good

Up early as usual, with only the birds disturbing the quiet. The light gradually grows outside the window. There’s no experience like the dawn.

While still young, this day can be set to bring joy, peace, and fulfillment. Make it so!

“Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!” Psalm 90.14 NET.

#morning #time #purpose

Hugh's News & Views (Winter)


Three days ago I celebrated another birthday—number 77. I have passed the proverbial threescore and ten years and am approaching the added ten that come by reason of strength (Psalm 90:10). I do not know if I have entered the “winter” of life, but if I have I hope it is still early winter. I do not feel “old” (though admittedly there are some days when I feel older than I do on other days!) My doctor continues to give me a clean bill of health every year during my physical check up. I am on no prescription meds of any kind, and have never spent but one night in the hospital in my entire life. (No, I was not born in a hospital, but neither was I born in a log cabin!)

I do not know the author of the following essay, but it speaks to all regardless of our age. I commend it to all of my readers for this, the last “News & Views” of 2014. Read it slowly and reflectively. Continue reading

#aging, #hughfulford, #life, #time

Power Wheels vs. Power Heels

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I bought our daughter a brand-new Toyota FJ Cruiser Power Wheels with a two-speed transmission, two-wheel drive, decals of the latest Disney “royalties”, shiney wheels, with a top-speed of 5 mph and some mpg’s that blows my truck out the water. Of course it runs on an electric battery that may not even make a mile, but still. And to top it off we only paid half price because the store had to make room for next year’s floor model.

When we finally got everything together and ready to go she was thrilled and ready to hit the road 10 feet at a time. She still doesn’t have the whole “steering-thing” down yet, but thankfully, for the community’s sake and our own, she still has several more years to master that part. But out in here in the country with our wide open spaces there was no traffic jam to get in her way.

Yesterday we were outside playing with her new set of wheels when all of a sudden she spotted her wagon. So she hit the brakes hopped out of the ole’ Toyota and hopped into the ole’ lug and said, “Come on, daddy” and you know what that means. For the next 20 minutes I spent my time pulling her around in a old-fashioned one speed transmission, no-wheel drive, no decal covered hood or door, plain-Jane wheeled wagon with a top speed of however fast I walk…but that’s she wanted.

The ole’ power heels beat out the ole’ power wheels because my daughter, like most little kids, is more interested in her dad than her stuff. All the bells and whistles made way for the rumbling of wheels in the gravel and little tracks in the grass.

It saddens me because there are so many children who have everything they could ever want but they don’t have everything that they will ever need because they have parents who never make time for them. And I understand that some parents have to focus on quality time more so than on quantity of time because of circumstances out of their control; but the reality is that many children in the American culture have parents who are more willing to try to buy the love of their child than they are spending their time with them to express their love in action.

Parents, love your children with your time, for the time you spend on them will bring a greater return than any financial investment you make in their life. At least that’s my perspective as someone who used to be a kid.

I would say more but my daughter is hollering for me and I took the day off so I could spend some time with my family.

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4 – NKJV)

#children, #love, #parenting, #time

Normal day


Normal day… let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow!

—TREASURE OF TRUTH, Dasher church of Christ, Valdosta, GA

Psalms 68:19 (NKJV) Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits,The God of our salvation!

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#time, #today

It’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it

English: Gentaur schedule

I just can’t find the time to attend the worship services of the church some say. That’s funny, somehow the time is still found to go to work everyday, to go to the movies, to go out to eat, to go and visit with friends and family, to go to the grocery store, to go to the bank, to go and pay the utility bills, to go on vacation, to go outside to cut the grass or work in the garden, to go to the doctor, or to go to the barber or beautician. On and on we could go. So yeah, I guess it’s hard to find something when you’re not looking for it.

Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable. Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 – CEB)

#attendance, #excuses, #priorities, #time, #worship

How much time?

How much time do we spend smiling?

How much time do we spend supporting the works of the body of Christ?

How much time do we spend in prayer?

How much time do we spend putting down other Christians?

How much time do we spend lifting up other Christians?

How much time do we spend in reaching out to others who need Jesus?

How much time do we spend in the scriptures?

How much time do we spend in worship?

How much time do we have left to do these things?

How much time do we expect to spend with God in Heaven?

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21 – BBE)

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#christianity, #life, #responsibility, #time, #works-of-faith

Make the most of today: Glenn Hitchcock

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow, a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

—North Oaks Bulletin, Canyon Country, CA

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#opportunity, #time, #today


Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.

—Archibald Joseph Cronin, Scottish novelist, 1896-1981

Psalms 37:3 – Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#sorrow, #time, #worry

Waiting For Jericho To Fall

Hello. I pray that we are all growing by waiting on the Lord. Our text this morning is Joshua 6:1-21. This event about the fall of Jericho teaches us much that is important about patience. Consider these thoughts and think about where else they might fit in your life.

• Being patient takes time. I can imagine that by the 4th-6th days, the Israelites were wondering whether they were really going to attack Jericho and, if so, why this way. Have you ever wondered why important things don’t happen sooner, quicker?

• Being patient (waiting on the Lord) takes obedience. It must have seemed silly, both to the Israelites and to the citizens of Jericho to go about conquering this way. Today, God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor. 1:27).Let’s obey with the faith that God always knows what he is doing and always accomplishes what he promises.

• Being patient takes work. God does not do for man what man can do for himself. God calls us to work that he might work mightily in us (Eph. 2:10, 3:20).

• Being patient gives time for thought. How much time might it have taken to walk around Jericho: an hour, two hours, half a day? The Israelites were to be silent during this time. What must each warrior, father, son, tribal leader have meditated upon while marching? Patience often gives us such time for growth through meditation.

• Being patient has reward. Israel did finally conquer Jericho and the whole land. After 40 years wandering and after finally following God’s instructions, they received what God has promised. So shall we if we patiently wait on the Lord (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

Mike Glenn

#obedience, #patience, #time

Of fools, time, and atheism

April Fool’s Day has been picked up in Brazil as Liar’s Day, apparently because to fool someone you have to lie to them. One brother wrote that he didn’t know the origin of Liar’s Day, but he did know who the Father of Lies was, so he wasn’t celebrating the day. Is he taking the idea of pranks too seriously? Or are we not serious enough?

• In “Two Days in One,” Carl Hanson does a take-off about it being April Fool’s Day and Palm Sunday on the same date.

• An atheist—many have made April 1st into the atheist’s day—may be a fool, but he’s not stupid. Richard Dawkins knows there can be no peace between atheism and Christianity. So a few days ago, just before that special day some assign to him, he told 20,000 people in Washington to “ridicule and show contempt” for religious people and their practices. Maybe Christians might want to give a blessing rather than a curse in return. Didn’t Peter say as much?

• Carl, at link above, says Fool’s Day spawned from the change to the Gregorian Calendar. Time and foolishness seem to be related, if the recent hoopla about the Mayan calendar and the end of time are any indication.

• As has been mentioned across the web, the real fool’s day is the day of judgment, for those who failed to prepare. Those who live as if they have all the time in the world are the greatest fools of all. And we do not laugh at them, but cry over their souls and plead with them to put oil in their lamps.

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#april-fools-day, #atheism, #brazil, #foolishness, #richard-dawkins, #time

Poem: There There Was Evening

Not my usual style, but on one of my favorite topics, time, specifically evening.

Nothing Christmasy on the poetry horizon yet, but who knows what the mind may whip up in time.

#christian-poetry, #poetry, #time

To Procrastinators

I don’t remember where I saw this, nor do I know the author. He seems to start out tongue in cheek and then get more serious. Or maybe the other way around.

A Few Notes to Procrastinators
By Gerald Cowan

Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.

Tomorrow may be too late. Today may already be too late.

If at first you don’t succeed, you probably should have tried sooner.

While you are waiting for a more convenient time, an easier task, or a more attractive offer, the only opportunity you are going to get may be passing you by.

If anyone really made all the improvements he tells himself that he will make someday, he would be a source of amazement, to himself and the whole world.

If I applied to myself the advice I so freely give to others, I would have much less to regret and apologize for in my own life.

Note: Apparently, the article comes from here.

This post will go from Friendica to TFR (and Twitter, then to FB), and I’m breaking a rule of mine not to post on TFR twice or more in a row.

#opportunity, #procrastination, #time

Forever and a day

My heart grew heavy when I read that two evangelical missions groups will merge, “forming a body representative of 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country by more than 190 agencies and churches.” Why heavy? Would to God that the Lord’s church had so many, and in so many places!

• Over on the Forthright Press Facebook page, a poll asks which offering of FP you most read or visit. Pop over there right now and give it a click.

• A pundit and fellow (adopted) Arkansan gives his view of education in this quote: “In his preface to ‘Culture and Anarchy,’ Matthew Arnold said the purpose of education was to pass on ‘the best which has been thought and said.'” Would you agree with that? If not, how would you define the purpose of education. I remember that one Christian college defined its mission as “teaching how to live and how to make a living.”

• Just received an email from an old friend, a former editor of a poetry magazine who was kind enough to publish an item or two of mine. She is an essayist, poet, and painter. I love her style in all three. Check out Margaret Been’s Northern Reflections.

Change• How quickly time changes things! Take the image at right, for example. Not everybody will know the connection. Over time, we ourselves change, too. Inevitably, the body runs down and expires. But the spirit can go against this world’s deterioration and deepening corruption. When we attach ourselves to Jesus Christ, “the same yesterday, today, and forever,” we grow toward his perfection, into his image.

• I’ve plugged the distributed social network Diaspora* before, but here’s a site and chart that explains it very well and shows comparisons to Facebook and Google+. Come on in, the water’s fine!

• Last, a quatrain; let’s call it “Forever and a Day”:

Forever and a day, they say,
Clichéd hyperbole;
Some want it now, without delay,
I’ll keep eternity.  —JRM

#change, #education, #eternity, #journey, #missions, #time

TFT: The Clock of Life

The clock of life is wound but once, And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed, To lose one’s health is more.
To lose one’s soul is such a loss That no man can restore.

(Thirty people died while you read this short verse.)

Every hour 5,417 go to meet their Maker.

You could have been among them.

Would you have been ready?

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

#death, #eternity, #time

The Most Colorful Historical Figure

In my view, the most “colorful” (key word) historical figure of all time would have to be Will Rogers, the Oklahoma cowboy whose creed was, “I never met a man I didn’t like”:

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Will Rogers catches my attention because of his “down-to-earth” common sense philosophies and his love of the common man, a characteristic which our present-day politicians need to emulate.

Here’s some of the wisdom of Will Rogers:

#colorful, #cowboy, #creed, #figure, #historical, #man, #time, #view