Friday, February 29, 2008

Another Addition to the Boomer Wisdom List: Love Your Friends and Family

I just got back on the boat in Guam after those three weeks of family time in wintry Massachusetts. The guy on the left here, is my brother John, seven years younger than I am. He flew up from his home in the Florida Keys and together we helped care for our aging parents to give our sisters a too-short break.

We're good friends and share a lot of interests like boats and fishing and trying to live a healthy life style (notwithstanding that we are at the airport bar having a beer while we wait for our flights out of New England).

In fact, I'm pretty close to all my family--brother, sisters, son, and daughter--and it's hard to imagine getting old without them around. We do a lot of laughing and partying together and you can tell how much you've aged by watching your siblings and children get older. I guess it's all about sharing the experience of living with the people you love and have been with from the beginning.

So, here's the next item to go somewhere on the Boomer List of Small Wisdoms: If you can, get close to your family. Re-establish those bonds you probably had in childhood when you played and cried and had secrets together.

When I get together with my family, we laugh a lot about a lot of things, particularly the aging process and what is happening to our minds and bodies. Might as well laugh while we can, there's nothing we can do about it and there will enough crying later. And come to think of it, the difference between getting the most enjoyment out of aging is remembering one of the earlier items on this list: The difference between adventure and misery is often just attitude. We need to have the right attitude to get the most out of these declining years.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

TRUTH AND AUTHORITY?

Where should Christians look for God's authoritative truth? Should it be the Bible? Should it be the church of your choice or the church you belong to by chance?

The Bible was completed in 95 A.D. when the apostle John wrote Revelation. Who wrote the Bible? Was it God or was it the church?


John 14:24-26 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent me. (THE WORDS JESUS SPOKE WERE FROM GOD THE FATHER) 25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the I said to you.


The words of Jesus were from God the Father and He said that The Father would send the apostles the Holy Spirit so they could remember all that He said. The words of the apostles were God's word, their words were Scripture, their words were the Bible.


In, John 14:24-26, Jesus was not talking to the Pope, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, Joesph Smith Jr, Mary Baker Eddy, cardinals, bishops, elders, so-called modern day apostles, preachers, pastors, nor any one claiming to speak for God. If the church or theses men as individuals, were speaking for God by new revelation, then, we would have added books to the Bible. There would the books of the Popes, the book of John Calvin, the book of Billy Graham, the books of elders, the books of churches, the book of Joesph Smith Jr. etc.


THE BIBLE IS THE AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH.
THE CHURCH HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE OR OVERRULE THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE. THE CHURCH CANNOT ADD TO OR TAKE AWAY FROM SCRIPTURE!


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