<![CDATA[aseniormoment.net - Blog]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:37:04 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Do it now!]]>Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:23:27 GMThttp://aseniormoment.net/blog/do-it-nowI don't get it!

I hear people talking about all the things they want to do with their days, and yet, for some they never seem to get around to it. The time isn't right, the weather isn't cooperating, my computer is to old, my car won't make it, who will take care of the cat/dog, and the list goes on!  What if pursuing my dreams doesn't work out? What if I don't like it? Consider this, after your done you will know for sure whether you like something, or whether a plan will work. Remember, one has to start somewhere, so why not begin with small steps? I am really pleased with myself, because I said for years that I wanted to read some classic literature, and I finally did it. I have just finished reading, "The Scarlet Letter" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" (who knew that The Count of Monte Cristo stretched for 5 volumes; none the less, I couldn't put it down). Wow, I didn't realize how well written and though provoking these old masterpieces are! Why did I wait so long to read them? I have already got my Kindle reader warmed up and ready to go with a list of potential reads. Don't put off your dreams until tomorrow, start today!

I was looking at the numbers today of people that have died from Covid-19 around the world! Rounded off, 531,000 people have died so far, I hope they pursued their dreams? They don't have the chance to now, but we do!

Pursue your dreams starting,  . . . NOW!]]>
<![CDATA[Seniors and Covid-19!]]>Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:36:15 GMThttp://aseniormoment.net/blog/seniors-and-covid-19As Seniors, we are all pretty much in the same boat right now. Confined to our homes because of our age and/or physical susceptibilities to the Covid- 19 virus. For some of us it is not to difficult a thing to weather through, we have our smart phones, I Pads, computers, books, hobbies, Kindles (more books), our husbands and wives. Now for us, if our coffee doesn't run out we will be ok. Like a holiday but without the inconvenience of travel!

However, there are many seniors that do not have or do not feel comfortable using all the modern (so called) conveniences of life. They do not know how to use all the "wonder-equipment" that the rest of us take for granted. I know of one person who has 125 channels on their cable but they keep their TV on one station because they changed the input on two occasions and as a result they had no TV.

Which brings me to my current thoughts. What can we do as seniors to maintain what we all so desperately need during times like these, human contact​? Pick up the phone and make a phone call to the people you love. 
1. Call your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends to see how they are and to tell them you love them.
2. Pray for them on the phone and pray for their needs.
3. Share an encouraging verse of scripture from the Bible.
4. Don't wait for others to call you, call them!
5 Remember: God loves us!

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38–39, NLT)

<![CDATA[So, the time has come!]]>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:46:29 GMThttp://aseniormoment.net/blog/so-the-time-has-come
We were returning to our home after a few days away at a lake, and when we turned down our street, we noticed to our dismay that a third of the tree in our front yard had fallen on our car (another story). In the weeks that followed, the offending tree was cut up and removed. End of story right? Well not for me, time passed and one day as my wife and I made our way out to the front sidewalk to go for our walk, I noticed the most amazing thing. A spruce tree was struggling for life and growing out of the stump of the leafy tree that had been cut down. It was a tree but a tree of a different kind. It fascinated me then and it still does today! I will explain, but let us move forward about 15 years.

As I prepare to retire (in about 3 days) I feel like that spruce tree trying to start a new life but drawing it's resources out of the stump of the old tree. Let me explain, all of my life's experiences, skills, gifts, joys, sorrows, joys, etc. have been with me to this point in time. They have shaped who I am as a person. And yet now as I prepare to retire, I no longer minister to a church of people, and other pastors as I once did, but I will minister to others in my new life as a retiree in a different way. I am thankful that I do not get my sense of self-worth, and value from what I do i.e. my job. I get my sense of worth and value from who I am as a person, and I know that I am a child of God and He love me! My wife loves me! My children love me! My grandchildren love me! I have friends that love me (though the exact number I am not sure of) so I guess as I walk through the door of retirement with a sense of excitement, tempered with trepidation . . . I am a pretty blessed guy!