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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Laws of the Lighthouse by Max Lucado

Laws of the Lighthouse
by Max Lucado (one of my favorite writers)

The first of the year is known for three things: black-eyed peas, bowl games, and lists. Some don’t eat black-eyed peas. Others hate football. But everybody likes lists. (How are our list coming?)

The Bible certainly has its share of lists. Moses brought one down from the mountain.

There are lists of the gifts of the Spirit.

Lists of good fruit and bad.

Lists of salutations and greetings.

Even the disciples’ boat got into the action as it listed in the stormy Sea of Galilee.

(If you smiled at that, then I’ve got a list of puns you’d enjoy.)

Love God more than you fear hell.

– Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
– Make major decisions in a cemetery.
– When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
– Succeed at home first.
– Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
– Pray twice as much as you fret.
– Listen twice as much as you speak.
– Only harbor a grudge when God does.
– Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
– Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
– ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
– God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
– When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
– Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
– Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
– The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
– Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
– Live your liturgy.

To sum it all up:
Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.


Happy Birthday Jim Croce - (who wished he had time in a bottle) - Wikipedia

"If I could save time in a bottle, The first thing that I'd like to do. Is to save every day, Till Eternity passes away, Just to spend them with you." ~ Jim Croce

Born on this day in suburban Philadelphia, singer/ songwriter Jim Croce (1943-1973) had a wide smile and wrote lyrics with aching honesty, clever wit, and remarkable beauty.

His tragic death in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana, happened just as he had achieved enormous pop success.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING - WE ALWAYS HAVE TO BE READY.
The laws or suggestions - I find very interesting to follow - seems to have a list of good resolutions!


11 comments:

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Great post from you as always, I know I say this every visit, but I just love visiting your blog. ;)
Love the quote at the top of the page, and love love love your furbabies!!!!
Enjoy your day!
Hugs ♥ Teresa

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

OMG...what to comment first?
Ok...let the ramble begin...
*How did you know that the prayer of Serenity is my FAVORITE prayer...I repeat it often..the words ask not why...but give solution to the questions we may ask of God!
* Some of my best conversations...decisions and strength come at the cemetary..my Dad and I have wonderful conversations there!
* I always ask to be a first mate ...to be able to step in when the captian needs me..I try to gather the fish..to share but find sometimes that it may be better to return them to the sea...as they are not ready to be shared..they must in their own time mature!
*I love the poem Laws of the Lighthouse...and once bought a card for my Jim with it!
*A little FYI...not that anyone would care but I was very good friends with JIM Croces cousin! Ok...now that I have rambled on...have a beautiful day! Very busy day here for me...after all the masses at the church I decorate it is time to take down the Christmas Decor. I always find this sad...remind me to send you a link to the church website so you can see how beautiful it was this year! Hugs for NOw and later too!

Life is good! said...

beautiful post! but of course they always are great! have a wonderful Sabbath day.

Angela said...

Hey Chatty!

Another great post! I will have to say that I didn't realize that there were that many plane crashes of celebrities! I'm not sure about planes anymore. I do hope that my husband doesn't have to travel that much this year!

I'm afraid that if I let my Little Man take me on a walk who knows where he would take me! lol

Have a Blessed Day!
Angela

jeanmac said...

I guess I'll have to start printing your posts, there is so much to keep in my heart.

Buttercup said...

As always lots to think about. Loved the summation. Warm wishes for the week!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Beautiful reminders for those (uhm, me) who tend to get too busy for frequent reflections. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

Thank you again my friend, for such a thought provoking post! I did love Jim Croce and Time In A Bottle!

Carol............. said...

Thank you for another great post.

Ahhhhh, Jim Croce...and I remember that song well.

ClassyChassy said...

Great post today - Love Jim's songs!!! We lost a good man when he died.

That corgi :) said...

I do love the writings of Max Lucado too; such wise words he writes and simply said but they "pack a punch" love the list you included too especially pray twice as much as you fret; I need to take that to heart

betty