So, as of this morning I am going to be a bachelor for a long weekend. Other than making sure none of the 4-legged beasts here at Tanner Manor go without food or water, keeping the place tidy, and putting up CHRISTmas lights, I have a pretty responsibility free time ahead of me. I guess that is supposed to be the trade off of having those I love most being away for a short time. Some might think it is great, but I am not looking forward to the empty house.
Old farm houses are too quiet when there are no people banging around in them. I’m a big guy and do a fair job at making my own amount of racket, but it’s just not the same. There is a gentle feeling of warmth and love when you know there is someone in the next room or upstairs. (I’m not afraid my house is haunted – really!)
So, to battle the empty feeling in the house and the expanse of extra time, I am going to make a list of things to do this weekend to keep me busy and out of trouble. It would be nice if the weather forecast this weekend was not calling for a cold snap and snow storm, but I will have at least that window to hopefully get the lights all up before it gets too nasty outside. Beyond that I need some indoor entertainment/activity that will be more productive than just testing the resiliency of the couch cushions.
So, at some point today I am going to make a little list and get myself organized to do some stuff I have been putting off or have not been able to have time to do. I just want to be sure I am using my time well, not getting bored and sitting with a plate, bag, or box of food in front of the TV the whole time.
So, this blog post is going to serve as a form of accountability. By putting this up, I am letting the ENTIRE WORLD WIDE WEB know that I have some free time that I need to be productive with. I will welcome people who read this to ask me what I did with it next week. (That should generate at least 2’s and 3’s of comments!) If I want to be able to feel good about my answer then I better do something!
Paul said in his letter to the church at Thessalonica:
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
That’s usually all I need to do the right thing. Just a little admonishment, encouragement, help, and patience. When I am provided with that, I tend to rise to the occasion. I bet most of you do too. It’s not that we set out to fail, or that we don’t care. Sometimes we just need a nudge, or the reminder that someone is counting on us.
So today, let me encourage you! Make a list. Leave it out so people can see it and be willing to answer for it. Don’t be defensive, just be accountable!
Take it a step further and encourage someone else today to do something they have talked about. Give them a smile, a hand, a pat on the back. You just might change their day!
Relentless Living by definition cannot be idle. We need to be passionate about moving forward and growing every single day! Even the days where things seem to pull us down (talking to myself again here), we need to keep driving because we might be the encouragement for someone else.
So, I’m off to work now. Got a lot to do today and a list to make. Have a good day!