Don’t be bored and don’t be boring

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Writing and Reading”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, I encourage you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you …” 2 Timothy 1:6 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Don’t be bored and don’t be boring”
 
One of the things I love about reading good Christian books is the helpful insights and clever sayings we often get from the authors. An author who’s books I’ve come to appreciate in recent years is Richard Morgan. Richard was a pastor, counselor, author, and devotional writer. He spent most of his career counseling and ministering to older people, especially in assisted living facilities and in nursing homes. Even when he himself got to the point that he needed to be in an assisted living facility, and then in a nursing home, he continued his ministry. He simply became the chaplain for the nursing home and proceeded to preach, teach, counsel, and write for his fellow residents.
 
Richard ended up writing a collection of daily devotional books about how to grow old with grace and dignity and with a good attitude – determined to live every day to its fullest no matter your circumstances. He encouraged his readers to do what Paul wrote about in 2 Timothy 1:6 – rediscover and rekindle the gift of God that is in you. In one of those devotionals, as he was encouraging his readers to stay engaged and to have a purpose in life, he wrote, “It is easier to grow old if we are neither bored nor boring.”
 
I love it! Don’t be bored and don’t be boring. You can take that and apply it to all of life, regardless of your age.
 
I’ve always had great respect for those who age with grace and dignity and who also stay engaged in life, productive and active. Clarence Thomas is seventy-three and still serving well as a Justice on the Supreme Court. Charles Stanley and Chuck Swindoll are in their eighties and they are both still preaching, teaching, and writing (I hope to do the same). The Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation when he was close to ninety. One of the greatest American novelists, James Mitchener, didn’t write his first book until he was in his forties. He ended up writing more than forty of them, many of them best sellers, and he was still writing in his late eighties.
 
I’ve never met Richard Morgan, but I came to know him through his writings. As a result, his insights and his personal example have served as an inspiration to me. Good writing does that. I encourage you to identify authors whose work resonates with you, and then read everything they’re written.
 
And please, regardless of your age, stay engaged. Have meaningful things you’re involved in. Live with purpose and passion. Don’t be bored, and don’t be boring.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim 
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