For your consideration….

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” is a phrase we probably have all used or at least thought. A fact of life is that we do not come with instruction manuals. Parents just have to wing it. they have to use their best judgment, what they know, what they think they know, common sense, research, experience of others, experience from their own parents etc. As we grow up, we are products of our parents best guesses and judgment. Then as we become parents, we do the same.

Perhaps, something in our upbringing seemed to us to be unreasonable or didn’t make sense so we make a conscious effort to change that with out own children. After all, even the expert of the 1950’s and 1960’s was Dr. Spock. Over the years, some of his teaching was debunked.

The point is that we are constantly evolving. It is right to question. We should never fall in the pattern of sheep just following the leader. Who ever said the leader knows where he is going or the reasoning sending him there?

We live with a bunch of rules. That is a good thing as long as the rules are good, as long as they make sense. But having rules just for the sake of having rules, stifles creativity and growth. Rules that are passed down may or may not still make sense. We need to evaluate them.

It has been awhile since we were given this question, “Is it true?” That is the question we should always be asking about our own beliefs and actions as well as the ones we inherited.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Ask, “Is it true?” Evaluate and act accordingly. Grow.

What made me smile yesterday…..

-My sweet kindergarteners. It is so fun to see how much they have grown and learned.

-Fun in the snow. With the bright sun, the snow had a crust on it much to the delight of t he kiddos. Some thought it looked like slices of pizzas ready to eat. Hmmm that is probably against the rules.

-I brought back some lempiras, Honduras money, as well as pieces of coral that I found on the beach. I had wrapped the coral in a lempira and then wrapped them both in a piece of craft paper tied with a ribbon. You would have thought I had given them a thousand dollars.

-I know it isn’t normally fun but going to my dentist is always good for laughs. Karen and I always find lots to laugh about.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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