Wednesday March 25, 2009
'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt 25:23.
An interesting concept: increased responsibility a source of happiness. Doesn’t fit well with this individual who is still seeking for that comfortable rut! But it does highlight the truth that for most people accomplishment is a source of happiness, while having nothing to do is not. For Ann and myself, boredom is not an issue. I recall Charles Swindoll commenting that he remarked to his wife once as they fell into bed at 11.00 p.m.: “to think that some people are bored . . .”
All this to say that we have always had something to do; sometimes from a sense of obligation, more often working towards a goal we have set for ourselves. But always with a sense that the work is meaningful because it is accomplishing something for eternity. Right now, our first book is ready for printing, and Ann is in the last stages of finishing her Political Science degree; papers to finish within a month, my surgery this Monday and Ann’s foot surgery about a week later. We keep going!
Ah yes: that surgery. It was easy to put it on the back burner for the last three months, but as it comes closer pictures of it flit across my mind a dozen times a day. And the nagging questions: What level of pain will I have to cope with? How long will the after effects last? Will I be able to take care of some upcoming obligations? Add to that the necessity to buy new sleeping attire to replace the rags I usually sleep in. So much to think about!
Surgery is this coming Monday and I’ll probably be in hospital for three days. We are buoyed up by so many of you that have committed to pray for me: that surgery will go well, and recovery will be quick with no complications. Thank you. We will keep you updated, just watch this space . . .