Lunch on the Deck

Our House Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Our House
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

When the weather is warm Bob and I enjoy our lunch on the deck.  During nice weather we will take any reason for being outside. We enjoy the cool breeze and being serenaded by bird song.  After lunch we like to stay outside and spend some time looking up — like in straight up, overhead.  So, what’s up?  Well where we live, lots of things.  We both love to watch clouds and see who can spot something interesting first.  We watch the jet streams stretching across the sky.  Every once in awhile we actually see a plane.  Sometimes eagles are circling overhead or over the pasture behind the house.  We listen to birds singing and try to spot the singers in the trees.  We welcome the birds to the feeder.  Sometimes neighbors will drive by on golf carts and wave.

It can be very difficult to go back inside and get back to work, but we do — eventually.  Our outdoor lunch hour is a special time.  It is a break in the busyness of the day that reminds us of who we are and why we choose to live here.  It revives and refreshes us, not just physically, but spiritually as well.

What is your favorite way to take a break?

Thought for Today

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community”.— Haile Selassie
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Thought for Today

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” —  Woodrow Wilson
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Thought for Today

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Be Nice

The two words I try to live by are be nice.   Those are words I heard a lot growing up and still remember my mother’s voice saying them in a rather sharp tone, followed by my full given name.  These were said when my mother thought I was doing something wrong.  It took me a long time to get past the thought that I was not a nice person.

Being nice is not easy, especially in today’s culture.  I am often told I am “too nice.”  I shouldn’t try to help people.  People will take advantage.  Yes, some might, but that doesn’t mean we stop trying to help where we can.

For me those two words sum up the teachings of the New Testament.  Let me get out my Bible here and show a few examples.

These first two passages talk about the Fruit of the Spirit or what the lives of those who follow God should look like.
First from the book of Galatians:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  — Galatians 5:22-23, King James Version (KJV)  Public Domain

 

And now from Ephesians:

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  Ephesians 5:8-10, King James Version (KJV)

 

Next we have one of my favorite verses from Philippians which reminds us to guard our thoughts, because with them we create our reality.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these thingsPhilippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]
In the book of Matthew Chapters 5-7 we find what is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount which was given by the Master Teacher Jesus, beginning with the “beatitudes.  The list of people Jesus calls “blessed” is interesting.  It’s not the warriors, judges, politicians or millionaires Jesus calls blessed, but the “poor in spirit”, “they that mourn”, “the meek”, “they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness”,”the merciful’, “the  pure in heart”,” the peacemakers and “the persecuted”.  In other words the “nice” people.  Those who follow the Spirit of God that lives in each one of us.  I encourage you to go ahead sometime today and read the 5th, 6th and 7th chapters of Matthew because Jesus had much more to say on this topic.
So where am I going with this?  I am trying to lead us to put down our weapons, stop shouting, stop judging and feeling like we have to vindicate and take retribution for God and for Christianity.  It’s time to finally dig in and connect with Spirit, follow the life and teachings of the Master Teacher, and just be nice.