Jan. 8, 2016

The Remains of Christmas...

“Mom’s Household Rules”

If you get it out, put it up.
 If you sleep on it, make it up.
 If you wear it, hang it up.
 If you drop it, pick it up.
 If you dirty it, wash it.
 If you open it, close it.
 If you turn it on, turn it off.  If it rings, answer it.
 If it barks, feed it. If it cries, love it.

Sounds so easy, doesn’t it. As we all know perfectly well, it’s not. This picture could be entitled “The Remains of Christmas.” Have you ever noticed how much more fun it is to start a project than it is to finish it? Like Christmas decorations. I love them. I love them all and I want to put them all up the minute we wipe the turkey gravy off our lips and put the Thanksgiving tablecloth in the wash. All of December and a little bit of January we have Christmas all over the house but the moment eventually arrives when it begins to look a little silly. Everyone else on the street has taken down their outside lights and I’m hoping we can leave ours up just a little longer.

This week has been Take Down Week. All of Christmas has been stripped away and carted downstairs to the basement. There it all is, right there, waiting for me to pack it nicely away in the plastic crates where it all lives until December. But it’s cold down there, and it’s rained all week, and Kelly and Michael are on and I need to check my email and I haven’t finished my coffee...and...and...

And I promised myself I would read my Bible every day this year, not just a day here and a day there, but every single day. How hard can this be? I’ve got a Daily Bible that gives me a little Old Testament, some New, a Psalm and a Proverb. But here it is January 8th and I’ve read two days. I wonder sometimes how God feels when I take that “I’m too busy” path and do everything, including laundry, before I pick up His Word.

“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!”

“Procrastination is like a credit card. It’s a lot of fun till  you get the bill.”

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted...do it now!”

What’s that thing about “the road to hell is paved with good intentions?” I’m afraid my good intentions don’t get me where I need to go... the phone call I’ve been putting off...the thank you note I need to write...the Christmas decorations I need to pack up... the Word for today I need to read.

So, dear friends, I’m signing off here, heading upstairs and picking up my Bible. 2016 is going to be a glorious year and I’m going to quit procrastinating! Well, I’m going to try.