Wednesday, July 25, 2012


For those of you in Houston, no, not the 610 Loop. 610 Ash Avenue, Rifle, Colorado. Christine and I designed and built this house. We moved into a boom town. The only housing was that which was built. Beautiful stained wood exterior (needed to be redone every 3 years due to the sunshine.) I spent a summer hand digging post holes to fence in the ¼ acre. Planted a huge 500 sq. ft. garden.  Planted fruit trees as well. Even got peaches and apples off of them before the oil "bust" came and we had to move.

This past week, we returned to Rifle and western Colorado to visit friends and the sun without humidity. We checked on the house. Well, it was just plan ugly. Yellow vinyl siding (do they allow that in Colorado?) Cedar fence gone. Fruit trees gone. Two huge cottonwoods (junk) tree instead. No garden. We were crushed. In fact, the entire street (we oil field trash build most of it) was a mess.

God reminds us that we cannot go back and, in fact, trying to go back will only serve to lessen our lives. There was no past Golden Era. Memory is selective. Time cannot be frozen, only savored.

What will you do to savor today, as ordinary as it may seem?

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62 (NIV)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

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