It's kind of a sad day. Do you remember the bright yellow little camper that Bill Elwell built? Well, he sold it today. It won't be parked here anymore. I sure hope they appreciate all that went into building it.
A funny story does present itself, however.
While Bill was 'entertaining' the thought of selling his handiwork, a gentleman asked him, "How much are you asking for it?" To which Bill replied, "Nineteen hundred." The gentleman wasn't satisfied with that price so they talked for a bit more and finally, Bill came down on the price saying, "I'll take a thousand for it?" The gentleman asked, "Is that the best you can do?" And Bill said, "NO, I'll take nineteen hundred for it!"
"Nineteen hundred??" the man said. "That's not better!"
"It is for me," Bill replied.
You gotta love that Bill.
We are so very glad we got to spend time with Bruce and Deann. They came to church at KOA with us this morning and then we went to the Olive Garden for lunch. We got to ride in their "treat to themselves for being among the employed once more".... the red Cadillac. Very nice ride. Sadly, it won't tow (behind the motorhome), so when their work stint is up, so will the "treat" be taken back when, the lease is up. Hopefully, the lease and the job will end at the same time. Anyway, we had a wonderful time until it was time for Don's Sunday afternoon nap and time for Bruce and Deann to do a little sight-seeing before their return to home.
Speaking of church, Don took a different approach to the text regarding the Prodigal Son's older brother. The usual message would be about forgiveness, but today, it was about "What about me?" and the traps the older son fell into which are traps we, also, can fall into so easily. The traps of self-righteousness, pride, unconcern and anger.
Don likes this quote from Aristotle: "Anybody can become angry, that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way, that is not within everybody's power, that is not easy." In fact, as Don pointed out, with out the aid of Jesus Christ, it's impossible.
Don's next "What about me?" question is the question resounding from people of all ages in crises: children, single moms, drug addicts, etc. Can we hear them? Are we answering their question?
And the final "What about me?" question comes from the lips of Jesus Christ as he gave his life on that cruel cross for you and me. Do we hear HIM? What are we doing with His question? What is our response?
Well, I just wish everyone could have heard God's message to us this morning, as I can't do it justice here.
A HUGE Thank You to those of you who have shared your blessings with us in ministry. We are so humbled and blessed by you. May God continue to bless you each and every one.