It’s Time!

There is an appointed time for everything
and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time management is almost always an issue. If you interact with others in any way, you understand. In my case, even when I set aside a day or a few hours for my own use, I find that a persistent headache or a more persistent worry can derail my plans. This is the reason I’ve cited one of my favorite scripture passages for guidance.

This verse from Ecclesiastes indicates that there is time for everything. Still, throughout my entire life to date, I’ve never had time for everything. In spite of this fact, when it comes to time allotment, we all have important input. At age sixteen, I decided that I would likely not be a “straight A” student because I had to devote time to the part-time job which would fund my college education. Once I came to this realization, I balanced school and work more effectively. In the end, I maintained my grades and entered college with a scholarship and savings enough to keep me there.

Today, because time-allotment is an issue once again, I prioritize my concerns once again. The time my husband and I set aside to spend with our grandchildren is etched in stone -our choice. The book stored in that computer file, my head and my heart, which I’ve promised to finish is also a priority -my choice. Life-at-large always demands a measure of our time regardless of whose choices are involved. In the end, God asks only that we use the time at hand as best we can.

God of Love, be with us through all of this life’s the appointed times.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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That Bucket List

Beloved: I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.

1 Timothy 3:14

The other day, my husband received a message from our Italian friend, Francesco. My husband’s visit to his grandparents’ village in Sicily was a huge success partly as a result of Francesco’s intervention. He’s become a friend who’s always a pleasure to hear from.

While in Sicily, Mike remarked that he couldn’t believe that he’d completed this item on his bucket list with such a flourish. He added that he might have to add a subsequent trip back to that list. I was glad to see that my dear husband’s bucket list isn’t near exhaustion!

It seems to me that we all need to plan a bit in order fuel our dreams and to eventually accomplish the things which mean most to us. Though I haven’t composed one of my own, even mentally, a bucket list isn’t a bad thing to have. My only caution, which I’ve repeated to my poor husband, is that we need to tackle our lists with both determination and good humor. Finally, we also need the flexibility to change our plans when necessary. Remember, we make God laugh most heartily when we plan too carefully.

The moral of the story seems to be, “Plan a little and live a lot.”

Loving God, life is truly an adventure. Please guide us along the way with the wisdom to plan well, the courage to embrace every moment and the stamina to do our best until we make our way home to you.

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Our Appointed Time

There is an appointed time for everything
and a time for every affair under the heavens.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Time management is almost always an issue. If you interact with others in any way, you understand. In my case, even when I set aside a day or a few hours for my own use, I find that a persistent headache or a more persistent worry can derail my plans. This is the reason that I’ve cited one of my favorite scripture passages for guidance.

This verse from Ecclesiastes indicates that there is time for everything. Still, in my entire life to date, I’ve never had time for everything. In spite of this fact, when it comes to time allotment, we do have important input. At age sixteen, I decided I would likely not be a “straight A” student because I had to devote time to the part-time job which would fund my college education. Once I came to this realization, I balanced school and work more effectively. In the end, I maintained my grades and entered college with a scholarship and savings enough to keep me there.

Today, time-allotment is an issue once again, so I prioritize my concerns once again. The two days per week which my husband and I spend with our grandchildren are etched in stone -our choice. The book stored in that computer file, my head and my heart is also a priority -my choice. Life-at-large always demands a measure of my time regardless of whose choices are involved. In the end God ask only that we use the time as hand as best we can.

God of Love, be with us through all of this life’s the appointed times.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Check That List

Beloved:
I am writing you,
although I hope to visit you soon.

1 Timothy 3:14

The other day, I received an email from a fellow traveler whom my husband and I met in Italy. She was also a teacher who had a bucket list of sorts which included many places she had once taught about and now hoped to see. Like my husband and I, she was just beginning her quest to do so.

Later that trip, we met two quite seasoned travelers who noted that this particular trip was the last adventure on their bucket list. At first, I was thrilled for this determined duo as they were on the verge of completing all that they had set out to do. As I considered their predicament further, I also felt a bit of sadness for them. “Now what do they have to look forward to?” I wondered.

It seems to me that these daring souls offer some important lessons to the rest of us. First, we all need to plan a bit in order to accomplish the things that mean most to us. A bucket list is not a bad idea. Second, we all need to tackle our lists, one item at a time, with determination and good humor. Remember, we make God laugh most heartily when we plan too carefully. Third, we need to keep our bucket lists active. What I mean is that we all need something to look forward to and something to keep us busy along the way. We also need the flexibility to change our plans when necessary. When we discovered that our most recent grandchild’s due date fell in the middle of a scheduled trip, we changed our plans so we could be home to welcome Daniel. The moral of the story seem sot be, “Plan a little and live a lot.”

Loving God, life on this earth is always an adventure. Please guide us along the way with the wisdom to plan well, the courage to embrace every moment and the stamina to do our best until we make our way home to you.

©2015 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved