FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
Dear Friends in Christ,
It’s the summer, and at last we can get back to normal… whatever that is! It’s time for graduations and vacations, for weddings and weekend getaways. At Mt. Vernon it’s both a time of rest and a time to prepare for the opportunities ahead of us, especially as we pray for and prepare for your new Pastor.
It occurred to me after all we’ve been through this last year, or so, that it depends on our attitude as to whether we see the present moment as a good time or a difficult time, no matter what time of year it is. A friend sent me the following note to remind me that it is always our choice to be happy, no matter what season it is.
We convince ourselves that life will be better when we are married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we will be more content when they are. After that we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is that there is no better time than now to be happy. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
Treasure every moment you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with... and remember that time waits for no one.
So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave your house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your new car or home is paid off, until spring, until fall, until winter, until summer, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you have had a drink, until you have sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Enjoy every moment of the journey! Have a great Summer!
Pastor Larry Ruby
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