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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 20, 2013 - Due Dates

By Scott Harrup

"Procrastination," humorist Don Marquis said, "is the art of keeping up with yesterday."

With the Pentecostal Evangel I encounter overlapping deadlines every day. Each week an issue of the magazine is going through the edit loop, another is in preliminary layout, and one or two others are close to being printed. Additional articles are due in the weeks ahead.

Other due dates are not always so obvious; but they are just as real. As spring kicks in, I'm dragging the lawn mower out of the garage to meet deadlines imposed by rapid weed growth around our house. Should I ignore a car-washing deadline for long enough, a compassionate fellow shopper will finger-write "wash me" through the accumulated film of dirt while I'm parked at Walmart.

Perhaps the best-camouflaged deadlines are those involving multiple sub-deadlines that stretch into future decades. For me, parenting fits that bill most clearly. In 1992, I stared into the pink, squinting face of our daughter, Lindsay. She was only minutes old. I knew in the back of my mind I was responsible to prep her for an independent and fulfilling adult life. But, hey, I had at least 18 years before she shipped off to college.

Lindsay opted to attend Evangel University here in Springfield, Mo., as a commuter student, so she hasn't shipped off anywhere yet. It feels like just a few long blinks have gone by since the days when she was bundled in my arms; these days she's snuggled under the arm of her "very good friend" Timothy in our den while they watch seemingly endless Star Trek iterations archived on Netflix.

Did I miss any of those sub-deadlines along the way? Probably. But Jodie and I began our parenting journey knowing we had more personal limitations than we could list. We committed Lindsay's life to God before she was born, and covered her with our prayers countless days along the way. Because of our confidence in God's ability to make up for our shortcomings, we were brave (crazy?) enough to bring two sons into the world. Connor's and Austin's sub-deadlines have been screaming by for 16 and 12 years, respectively.

Perhaps this Monday comes to you bearing "gifts" of unwanted deadlines. Possibly, one or more of those due dates are close enough to elicit a twinge of doubt as to whether you will meet them. Others may be hovering on the horizon, lulling you into a false sense of security.

Whether you face a timing crisis or need to motivate yourself to take long-term action, your key to success is the same.

"Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead" (Proverbs 3:5,6, Voice).

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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