If you don’t like where you are, then change it. You are not a tree.

I am grateful for my devotion this morning about change. I would share it, but I forgot my book at home.  But it was based on 2 Corinthians 3:18…and such a good message about how we should always be in the process of change, never satisfied to remain as we are.

I am grateful that my Mom taught me to clean house.

I love Staples Advantage. I just got a free flash drive, because they sent the wrong one in our order. When I spoke with my account rep, he told me to keep it and he would have the correct item delivered today.  I am grateful for Staples, and for Pernelius, my account rep. What a great name.

I am grateful for my counselor and her soft-spoken wisdom that hits the bullseye.

I am grateful for chips and salsa.

Today is my brother’s birthday. I am grateful for Ron. I always wanted to be just like him when I grew up. He was always the smartest person I knew, and after speaking with him, a person feels more intelligent, like you’ve just been to school. He is a great example of a servant, spending years in Africa with MCC, both he and Pam living on next-to-nothing and being happy about it, and pastoring churches here in the US — such a true example of the word “pastor.” Their family is their congregation, and they take such good care. Ron is a caretaker, not only of his congregation, but of the earth, and of his community.  He and Pam are responsible for a community food bank that has grown and is such a big part of their lives now, in addition to their many responsibilities at their church. Memories of Ron include the day he drove home in his “new” car, a Datsun 240Z. I was so impressed – my brother had a sports car; riding on the train to Dodge City in the night, all by myself, to spend a week with Ron and Pam in Fowler; and getting letters on that crinkly airmail paper all the way from Africa. We’d save those letters and collect the cool stamps. I’ve never known a man who wrote by hand all of his letters, LONG letters, but Ron always has. It’s a lost art.  Happy birthday, Ronald Jay. You deserve God’s blessings, over and over and over again.



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