Year-end tidbits

As I’ve revisited all that’s happened with Everyday Epics this year, I’ve come across a few old quotes, notes and nuggets of wisdom that I want to pass along.

  • The Gospel of Mark 14:1-11 tells the story of a woman who anointed Jesus with a jar of expensive perfume. Some of those present responded indignantly to her. Jesus, however, praised her, “Leave her alone…Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me…She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Mark 14:6-9, NIV) A friend of mine once told me how much the phrase, “She did what she could” meant to her. We could all do to accept what we can do as much as what we can’t do.
  • A missionary to Western Europe once told me that my kids will reflect who I am. Now that my kids are all school age, I’ve begun to notice he was right. Yikes.
  • I love the way I’ve heard blogger Andrew Jones summarize Jesus’ ministry (via podcasts and such): He says Jesus went about “telling stories, giving gifts, making friends and throwing parties.”
  • Last but not least, I’ve been reflecting on something my wife and I learned from a book we read a while ago—Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships by Randy Frazee. Among other things it talks about making time for people over tasks. That’s definitely a message I need to hear and remember. Right now. So I’m signing off to go spend time with the fam.

What about you? What are you reflecting on as 2012 comes to a close?

Happy New Year!

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