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2nd Cup of Coffee, 8/20/2020: FROM THE GRANGER FILES… THE COVID COLLECTION

Posted by on August 22, 2020
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I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride. And by accomplishment, I mean that which God has me doing and being at this point in my life.

Pride consumes the weak, killing their heart from within; for while stopped to admire the seventeen inches of forward motion, sly inertia returns, robbing momentum and making it that much harder to start again.

If I fall, I will get up. If I am beaten, I will return. If unduly fatigued, I will rest and begin again. I will never stop getting better, and though I may feel like it, I will never give up. EVER. Somehow, I will keep going, regardless of how I’m feeling or how or what others think. I will ration my strength and energy, evaluating both against each day’s necessary tasks; and when I honestly need help with one, I will ask for help. However, I won’t stand around, endlessly waiting. I will not quit while one breath remains, for it is God whom I serve, not myself. I don’t have to understand how or where He leads; I just have to show up.

If at 60, you still fit in those 4th grade desk chairs, somebody hasn’t done much growing.

It’s not what you gather but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you’ve lived.

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The door is always open and there’s a welcome mat on both sides. You’re free to come in and free to leave. Just don’t stand in the doorway, whimpering. You’re blocking traffic.

Sometimes the people you’d take a bullet for are the ones behind the trigger.

When someone’s going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words.

We’re tested not to reveal our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. As a recovering perfectionist, I HATED testing because it carried with it the possibility of failure (read “less than 100%”) in front of others. That’s why it’s taken me a long time to begin knowing my strengths.

Quiet people have plenty to say. They’ve just learned to be careful about to and with whom to open up.

What should not be heard by little ears shouldn’t be said by big mouths.

“When you accept someone, you accept their past, too. Don’t hold it against them later.” Nice thought, yet it doesn’t go far enough. Nobody lives in their past and stays mentally, spiritually fit and healthy. The saying admits the past wasn’t so wonderful. So? We all have shadows in our past, and pages of our personal history we’d rather one else ever read. It’s what we’re doing and being here, today, right now that shows we’ve learned from that past experience. Anything, anyone that’s healthy keeps growing . . .

Wisdom ought to be your first choice; however, never be afraid to try something new. Life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.

You need to spend time with people who enjoy you for YOU, and not just because you’re convenient and what you do for them. Big difference. Being consistently used by another is not the same as togetherness.

What a person shows to the world is only a tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. More often than not, that deep unknown is lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul. This applies to everyone you meet.

“You know someone means a lot to you when their mood can easily affect yours.” ~ Anne Frank

Nobody is ever too busy to at least check in. If they care, they will make time.

I am in for repairs. I’m not together yet, but I’m getting there.” – Unknown

Oh, I’d absolutely love to come over and hang with you while you talk and text with other people on your phone the entire time. I’m always impressed when conversing with another and they hold up a forefinger and say, “Hold on,” while pulling out their phone. At one time, I’d be a nice guy and stand there. Now? I smile, back away while mouthing, “Catch ya later”, and leave. I’ve 24 hours of each day to invest in its activities, and I value my Time more than that.

Y’know, with all these multiple personalities, you’d think at least one or two would be likeable.

I’m living in my drama-free space today. Respect it, people.

Okay, this whole getting older and being more responsible is getting in the way of my fun.

Definition of STUPID: knowing the truth, seeing the truth, but choosing to still believe the lies.

Mothers write on the hearts of their children what the world’s tough hand can’t erase. Mom? Think through how you’re raising them.

Sarah Breathnach: “When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present, we experience heaven on earth.”

Don’t sacrifice your peace trying to point out someone’s true colors. Lack of character always reveals itself in the end.

I’m a multitasking procrastinator. I can put off all kinds of things all at once.

It’s not hard to shine in the midst of gloom. When the surrounding spiritual climate is dulled and mediocre at best, merely looking & sounding ‘Christian’ can elevate you to saint status. Yet spending time around the real thing will immediately show you up as spiritually shallow and immature. Work at being the real thing. Our world needs that now more than ever.

Lord? You told us before You left the first time, “Wait for it.” We were clueless about what “It” was, but back then we were just like we are now: scared and uncertain, because our entire world had been rocked.

So we waited . . .

And—and YOU reached down, picked up the cord, and PLUGGED US IN! And nobody nor nothing has been able to shut us in or up since! YOU, Waymaker— you’re the Source of all that’s holy! To understand what defines holy-ness, all we need to do is spend a few uninterrupted minutes alone with the Spirit of all that’s holy!

So, Lord—I’m thinking You need to do that again . . .

© D. Dean Boone, August 2020

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