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  • Doing well, Staying strong, Growing.

    I had the extraction yesterday morning, and was pleasantly surprised at the lack of extreme pain in the process. The oral surgeon was quick and professional, and his staff was exceptionally pleasant. It's been over 24 hours and while I am feeling a few twinges now and then, I am still relatively pain free. Thank God, and thank you, Dr. Merheb. And thank all of you for your prayers and concern. The messages I have received were wonderful and let me know your concern.

    Yesterday morning's workout went very well. I was able to complete the exercises with very little strain, but definitely felt the increase in weight. Ten pounds doesn't sound like a lot when you are thinking about it, but 110 pounds is a different matter. Last night about 8 pm I felt a little restless, so I got down and completed 30 pushups straight through, just to take the edge off. No problem.

    Since I am feeling okay, I will complete my ab and aerobic workout today, but I will temper the workout with common sense. If I start to feel light-headed or dizzy, I'll stop. And I do plan on completing the rest of the week on schedule. Arms and Shoulders tomorrow, Legs on Friday.

    This morning while completing a third reading of 2nd Corinthians Chapter 9, it came to me that there is a value to repetition in the right amount. Paul was discussing the act of tithing and it's benefits, not only to the ministers on the road, but to the people doing the giving. It seems to me he is one of the first men to recommend a budget to his flock.

    Does that sound strange? It shouldn't. In most congregations I've been to the subject of stewardship comes up, usually in reference to being a good steward of the gifts you are given. Of course, you have to realize that they are gifts from God that belong to Him, not you.

    For a Christian, nothing belongs to the individual. And I mean nothing. Your children, your spouse, your home, your income...all of these things are gifts from God and need to be respected and cherished and tended to with love and planning. And for the purposes of this series, even your body is the property of God.

    Paul referred to the body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. A temple is intended to be a holy place, a place where the Lord is honored in all things. So if you maintain your temple properly, it will be a reflection of of the witness you show to the world. If you maintain a sound temple, it shows the world that you respect the gift you have been given, and therefore respect the giver, our Lord.

    Budgeting is a term we think of when we think about controlling our financial assets. We have bills to pay, we have future plans we need to plan for, and we have hobbies or interests we want to pursue. If one of those is the support of a ministry, then we budget an amount to support that as well. Once we have established a budget, we continue to maintain it. Since most of us have a fairly stable amount to deal with, we repeat that budget so that we can see the results of our labors. When we see growth, we reassess our budget.

    Paul promised that those who give cheerfully of their bounty would be rewarded with more. Not only does that work with finances, but in every other asset you have.

    So I ask you, how are your assets being managed? Are you experiencing growth? Does every day present new opportunities to give, to share what you have been given? Have you learned to accept the old saying, “You can't take it with you?”.

    Are you maintaining the gifts you have been given?

    I hope you are having a blessed and wondrous day.

    Fred

    To answer the questions, yes, that is me singing and playing guitar. Hope you enjoy it.
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