July 2019 Greetings,
As I write this, I can finally feel the summer heat. It certainly has been a long-time a-coming this year. As I look ahead to the rest of summer, I am reminded of the song Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce.
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
‘Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them …
From Wikipedia I found that Croce wrote “Time in a Bottle” after his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant. The song was not intended to release as a single; but when Croce was killed in a plane crash in September 1973, its lyrics, dealing with mortality and the wish to have more time, had additional significance.
If I could save time in a bottle what would I do? First comes to mind that I would have bought lake property. You may have heard that Rod and I have purchased property in Alexandria to become our retirement home. Do know that this retirement home is a long way into the future, and I plan to be at Mora and Ogilvie churches for the foreseeable future.
If I could save time in a bottle, I would do more travel to meet the peoples of the world. I love global mission work and I would have started sooner and be at it longer. I suspect my body will tire sooner than my mind, currently my mental age is much younger than my “sore body” suggest when I get up in the morning.
If I could save time in a bottle, I would have listened closer for God’s call to ministry. I do know I will stay at it for as long as He continues to call.
Since I cannot save time in a bottle, I am going to live my life as fully as I can by faithfully following God’s call to love boldly. To me loving boldly means to love God first and others as myself.
What does love boldly mean for you? Let’s be in conversation about loving boldly. We might be surprised what we learn.
Blessing to you my friends,