IMG_0370The clock is ticking. The time is at hand. The Mayan Calendar stops with December 21 and thus the end of the world. If not, then we still have the race to see who will jump off the political Fiscal Cliff first on January 1. If we go off the Cliff, some strategists are drawing up a Doomsday Survival Plan to accommodate our every fear and worry about what could come our way. I have heard stories that it’s the last bounce down a cliff that really hurts. I’m not worried about any of that. I’m just trying to get control of my six different 2013 calendars.

I once visited a man who was working in his home garage/workshop. His wall calendar was from 1963. Every few years the calendar matched the exact date. He said it was good enough. My life does not seem to work that way. I carry a journal with a handy multi-year calendar where I map out future sermons and reminders. I have a calendar in the car to record my daily mileage and note special trips. I work with the church’s master calendar of scheduled events and building usage. I have three electronic calendars for everyday commitments and appointments. Those calendars do not talk easily with each other: the home computer, my cell phone and my iPad. So I’m trying to develop a Master Calendar of Everything, but my low-tech self is still trying to schedule a day to start it.  I am also learning to embrace the interruptions of my perfectly planned days.

I take my clue from Mark chapter 5 which chronicles one day in Jesus’ ministry. His schedule for the day was to take a boat ride across the lake, visit some of the villages then head back. It turned out to be one crazy day of interruptions “as He was going.” Apparently Jesus values people above schedules, and relationships above calendars.

Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Redeem the time. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.

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