So lately I'd avoided hate-filled comments after politically-themed Facebook posts, but for old time's sake, I read a few on Saturday.
Oh dear. I'd hoped people had calmed down out there, but alas, I guess not.
Anyway, certain Bible verses came to me, like this one--
"But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another." ... Galations 5:15
Pretty fitting, especially because many folks appear consumed by hatred of our President. Like it's eating them, them, and their gratitude/contentment/hope and their joie de vivre.
It's sad--and not worth it. (They'd disagree, though.)
Then came other verses --
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." ... John 15:19
"For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come." "...our citizenship is in heaven..." ... Hebrews 13:14, Philippians 3:20
Here's the 'wonderful part' (as mentioned in my title)--
All this in-fighting reminds me--reminds us--that, on Earth? We're visitors. Pre-Real-Life visitors who God planted here to make a difference during our short stay. Visitors given unique gifts for specific tasks to complete before we move away (to where we'll be rewarded).
But uh-oh, watch out for all those distractions created to keep us from finishing our tasks!
"Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them." --- Jack Canfield
Look what I found on Saturday at a church's annual rummage sale--
Pretty cool, right? (Twelve books for $5.)
Also, five of these vintage, pretty plates ($2) --
And this charger plate ($3), close in color to that retro-looking ottoman I bought and perfect for our little coffee table--
Oh, and this tray for which the woman wouldn't even take my dollar. She gave it to me --
Definitely it was Debra's Day At The Yard Sales. 😉
Oh! And what a gift for me online--
Eight whole years had passed since season 2 of Early Edition (perhaps my favorite drama show, ever) had appeared on DVD and I'd nearly given up ever seeing seasons 3 and 4, that is, besides the very few episodes I have on video, taped from tv fifty years ago (well....).
But.... drum roll.... two weeks ago I found seasons 3 and 4 at YouTube! Woo hoo! I've been watching, savoring them, on weekend mornings. Happy sigh.
Here below, just for you, are some favorite Early Edition episodes which, since the late 90's, I've watched an embarrassing amount of times.
One reason I so love this show? It illustrates the good and bad of doing what we're called to do--and why we simply cannot afford to just ignore those callings. The price is far too high.
--------------------Darn! The powers-that-be removed the majority of these videos, below. I knew it was a matter of time, but I'd hoped it would take much longer. Alas.
Dad (Season 1, Ep. 22)
Romancing The Throne (Season 2, Ep. 12)
Where or When (Season 2, Ep. 16)
The Fourth Carpathian (Season 2, Ep. 17)
Show Me The Monet (Season 2, Ep. 19)
Don't Walk Away, Renee (Season 2, Ep. 20)
Second Sight (Season 2, Ep. 22)
Nest Egg (Season 3, Ep. 10)
Teen Angels (Season 3, Ep. 11)
Crumb Again (Season 3, Ep. 19)
Home Groan (Season 3, Ep. 21)
The Out of Towner (Season 4, Ep. 1)
Duck Day Afternoon (Season 4, Ep. 2)
Weather Girl (Season 4, Ep. 9)
Run Gary, Run (Season 4, Ep. 10)
Performance Anxiety (Season 4, Ep. 14)