So, maybe this is more a reflection, than a sermon. We’ll see.
Every year about this time,
when the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over,
and we’ve eaten too well and spent too much,
we have the chance to think about life. 
Well, at least I do.
Time seems to fly by.
How did it get to be almost 2016 already?
Where did the year go? How did I get to be this old?
(Yes, I think that also…all the time)
What do I have to show for it?
Every year about this time, we make our resolutions.
This year, I’ll lose weight.
This year, I’ll be more patient.
This year, I’ll read more books,
write more letters,
give more to charity.
And often, when we give ourselves time to think about it,
or when we’re brave enough to think about it, perhaps, we ask:
How did we spend our time? Was it worth it?
It’s been said that a glance at our checkbooks and credit card statements
tell us where our real priorities lie,
and there’s something true about that.
But it’s just as true that our CALENDARS will reveal our values too.
How much time do we spend:
on making money,
on our jobs;
on ourselves, our clothes, our good, good looks;
how much time on food and entertainment;
on our kids?
on friends and loved ones;
how much time in service to others?
how much time thinking about things that matter
or just trying to evade the important conversations?
Beneath these records of our allocation of time and money,
what do they tell us about we really care about?
What REALLY matters to us? What do we spend our hearts on?
Every year, about this time,
the Herring household gets a brand new 12-month calendar.
We have a spot for it, too,
used to be in our kitchen, but now that we no longer
have any walls in our kitchen
its moved to the office.
We need to go get one this week.
And when we do, we’ll unwrap it, and mark up all the school vacation days
and dates for work travel and special events like birthdays and
Royals playoff dates, that sort of thing
and place it back up on the wall.
You can do that, for the things you’re expecting. [Read more…]