Sometimes Ya’ Gotta Wonder –

Sometimes I look at all that’s going on around me and wonder: WHAT is goin’ on ?

I’m one of those Type-A people you read about. Maybe not a perfect match (I don’t bulldoze people) but close enough.  I believe in setting benchmarks and goals, then working hard to those ends.  Preparation is important and time is a resource we dare not squander.  Progress is key and I welcome the changes that come with progress.  It means we’re getting closer to those goals and objectives. Money comes in handy too, but time’s slightly more important, even than money – at least in my game plan. Maybe it’s because I grew up having more time than money.  Or because so much of what I do utilizes time and skills people volunteer to service and ministry endeavors.

Several years ago I noticed something; maybe it’s true of all of us Type-A’s, I don’t know.  A major setback, crises or breakdown doesn’t  ruin my day, sometimes one of those can actually galvanize my resolve.  Urge me forward.  Draw on determination’s reserves.   But pile on forty or fifty little things, each with their own sense of urgency, and I’m at risk.  I gotta wonder — why is that?

I have a motivational sign in my files that goes like this:

All you can handle

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One more thing

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God’s enablement

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Patience

I’ve said to the Lord, tongue in cheek,  “God, I’m sorry I asked for patience when I was a teenager.  Can I take that one back?”   He and I both know that the patience He’s granted and developed over the years is valuable to me now, but sometimes I wonder: What are You working on now, Lord?   Don’t let me miss it, whatever it is.

Maybe it’s time for a new sign:

All you can handle

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One more thing

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God’s enablement

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Reasons to PRAY


4 Replies to “Sometimes Ya’ Gotta Wonder –”

  1. Jonell

    Good stuff Phil. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been thinking about that “time aspect” a lot the last couple weeks. I’ve asked the Lord to help me be really productive around my house this weekend, and to give me tons of ambition and determination to get things done. I was up and dressed by 6:30 this morning. By 9 AM I had cookies baked (the resulting dishes done) and some flower seeds planted all before 9 AM. I’ve been remembering the quote I read following a story in the old “Sunshine Magazine” (remember that sweet little magazine?) that said,

    “You’ll be glad tomorrow, you did it today!”

    Love your thoughts!
    Your sis,
    Jonell

  2. Dan Coats

    Phil Ransom, you old dog you. I always wondered what happened to you. I’m Dan Coats, one of 56 graduating from Meeker High School in 1974. I was band president that year. Anyway, give me a shout!

    Dan Coats
    Longmont, CO

  3. Phil

    Great to hear from you Dan!

    I sent you an E-mail this morning, great to see you’re alive ‘n well. Do you still have – still play – that mean trombone of yours? 🙂

    Phil

  4. Jonell

    What’s they story from your Meeker High School Days about, “That’s Mr. Coat’s to you.” ??? I remember that line, but don’t remember the whole story. 🙂

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