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Not just Bearable but Enjoyable

May 11, 2019

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Brent Mustoe is a friend from when I was in seminary in Kentucky and a colleague in ministry in the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. Currently on medical leave, he lives what some call the life of A Prayer Warrior, which I greatly appreciate. He also regularly shares insights, such as the following, for which he has graciously given his expressed permission that I might share it with you here —

Mail. To quote that great theologian Newman from Seinfeld, “It never stops. It just keeps coming.” I get all sorts of mail from AARP telling me my days are numbered to Easter greetings to bills to magazines to political cards and on and on. And Newman is right. Mail never stops.

I don’t do well with mail. I never see the bills as Mary Ann is our family accountant. I don’t see my check as we have direct deposit. Mary Ann gives me an allowance every month (yes, I know how sad that sounds) but since I don’t do anything or go anywhere it sustains me adequately.

So other than the bills, the mail just sits there calling my name. But in my old age I have developed selective hearing. I don’t hear the mail calling me and I don’t hear most of what Mary Ann says to me which is a great trick if you can pull it off.

But every once in a while, I actually sit down and tackle that pile of mail. I go through every piece one by one. A daunting task but necessary from time to time. Right now I have two Easter cards I need to send out. I bought them two weeks before Easter and yet here they sit. I’ll send them out today.

I will admit I get a feeling of satisfaction once the pile is weaned down between trash and keep. The mail is my Everest and I have made it to the summit!

I’ve discovered life is like the mail. It never stops. It just keeps coming. Sometimes life crushes our dreams and goals we have for ourselves: financial stress, a broken marriage, a chronic illness, death of a spouse, a business failure, children that take the wrong path and so on. But there are times when life balances out or even tips in our direction: a happy marriage, special days and family dinners, grandchildren, a surprising tax return, etc.

Life can be good if we focus on the good things and learn to live with the bad things. If we live life one day at a time and deal with whatever it brings rather then letting life pile up until it paralyzes us then we will live satisfying lives.

So what are the things you need to do today? Just take them one at a time and watch the pile get smaller and smaller. And with the help of Christ, you’ll find a spring in your step and a smile on your face as life becomes not just bearable but enjoyable.

Somebody say Amen.

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