Full of Motion and Empty of Life

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.”~~Judy Garland

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is favonian, “of or relating to the west wind.” Example: “Our guests relaxed on the patio, watching the sunset and enjoying favonian breezes.”

Today is Visit the Zoo Day. It’s a bit chilly for that, here, today.

We got a good bit accomplished, yesterday. Or perhaps I should say that Christi and my mother got a lot accomplished. Late in the morning, we headed over to Mama’s house, where we visited for a little while. Christi took Mama to the AT&T store, where they got my mother a new cell phone, along with a brand new cell phone number. It didn’t take very long at all. She got a very simple “Go Phone,” flip phone style. She had no interest in a “smart phone,” just something she could use as a phone.

After they got back, we all headed to an old favorite of mine from “back in the day,” a little place called Dairy Mart. I had not been there since high school, probably, which would be about 40 years. The burgers were absolutely delicious, with patties that were obviously made from scratch there at the restaurant. One of the best burgers I’ve ever had. After that, we tried to go to Jitterbeans, but they were closed. 😦 They had, apparently, decided to close Friday and Saturday for Christmas. Can’t really blame them, since they are open seven days a week. It looks like they will be open today, though.

We got back to the house, where we sat for a little bit. Oh, wait. First, we dropped Stephanie off at the hotel, because she was tired. Then we went to the house. The Christi took Mama to WalMart to do a little shopping. Rachel and Justin went back to the hotel, and I just hung out at the house by myself, reading.

This morning, we will be going to First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells for worship, then having lunch at The Mesquite Pit, after which we will try, once again, to hit Jitterbeans for some hot chocolate. It will be even better today, as it is currently 36 degrees, outside, with a projected high of only 46. On a sadder note, there were some pretty bad tornadoes in east and south Dallas, last night. I believe the last report I saw said that eleven people had lost their lives. Many homes were damaged or destroyed. Very unusual December weather, I suppose brought on by the cold front coming through and hitting the warm air.

On this date in:

1831–Charles Darwin embarked on his journey on the HMS Beagle
1932–Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City
2002Clonaid claimed that they had successfully cloned a human being. No verifiable evidence was ever presented

Today’s birthdays include:

1654–Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician
1822–Louis Pasteur, French scientist
1901–Marlene Dietrich, German actress/singer
1931–Scotty Moore, American guitarist, Elvis Presley
1941–Michael Pinder, British musician, Moody Blues
1944–Mick Jones, British musician, Foreigner
Gust1966–Eva LaRue, American actress, CSI Miami
1972–Matt Slocum, American musician, Sixpence None the Richer
1975–Heather O’Rourke, American actress, Poltergeist
1980–Cas Haley, American guitarist/singer/songwriter
1982–James Mead, American guitarist, Kutless
1983–Cole Hamels, American pitcher
1988–Hayley Williams, American singer, Paramore

Michael Pinder is a keyboard player who was a founding member and original keyboard player for The Moody Blues. He left the group in 1978. Here is a clip of their song, “I’m Just A Singer In A Rock and Roll Band.”

Stephen F. Austin, Gustave Eiffel, Hoagy Charmichael, and Delaney Bramlett are among notable deaths on this date.


(From Solid Joys)

Today’s reading is “What Is Your Aim?”

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Hebrews 10:24

“When you get up in the morning and you face a day, what do you say to yourself about your hopes for the day? When you look from the beginning of the day to the end of the day, what do you want to happen because you have lived?”

I have to confess that, most days, I don’t think that way. I just get up and do what needs to be done. John Piper says that, when we do that, we are “cutting [ourselves] off from a basic means of grace and a source of guidance and strength and fruitfulness and joy.” Based on the above verse from Hebrews, God means for us to “aim consciously at something significant in our days.”

God doesn’t want us to drift aimlessly through our day, like leaves in the wind. This time of year, our yard is covered in leaves. The little boys next door keep coming over to ask if they can rake the leaves for us. I keep saying, “No, let’s wait until the tree is completely bare.” Those leaves probably move around more than anything else out there. Sometimes, they even blow in the front door of the house. “They are full of motion and empty of life.”

God does not desire for me to be that way; aimlessly wandering through my day, at the mercy of whatever circumstances come along. He created me to have a purpose, a focus, and aim for my days.

Father, as a new year approaches, an opportunity that we see as new beginning, may I begin to have purpose for my days, not living them aimlessly. May my life be a life of purpose and focus, but may it be your purpose, not mine.

I pray for peace, comfort, relief, and refuge for people affected by last night’s tornadoes.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.