For the past 12 years, I’ve followed the blog of a retired gentleman who turned a cancer diagnosis into an adventure. On the day he finished his chemo treatments in 2003, he bought a motorhome and set out on an adventure that would last 15 more years. He started a blog to keep his family and friends informed of his whereabouts and adventures. It wasn’t long until others started following it, too. Over the course of his blogging life he gained a significant following.
We are now almost two weeks into a new year — time marches on! I’m reminded of the plaque that hung at the bottom of my Grandma’s staircase that read:
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
“May we have some glue?” my young niece asked me one day, years ago, when she and her siblings and cousins came to visit.
“What do you need it for?” I hesitated, as any responsible adult would when one kid representing six others asks for glue. They were great kids, but even the best of the best can have some hair-brained ideas at times!
Recently I’ve been studying and meditating on Psalm 139:13-18. I’ve always thought this chapter referred to the marvelous way God created our bodies. While it does include our physical beings, after doing some word study I’ve come to realize it mostly refers to those “inward parts” that make up our unique personalities — the combination of thinking, feeling, and behaving that characterize each individual.
If you and I would meet at a party and be arbitrarily seated next to each other, chances are we’d engage in small talk. We’d ask each other questions and offer tidbits of information in an effort to get to know each other a little better. You could even say that we would seek to discover the true identity of the other.