Last night I prepared 4 pages of notes for the Senior presentation. Today I spent installing a new hot water heater. I told Sherry it was a 3 hr. job. You get older your estimates seem to be GUESSES. It ended up being 8 hours. I had planned on a couple hours to rehash the notes.
BUT the water heater is in and the presentation is over. I threw the notes away just after I started. I mixed jokes, tales and magic tricks into a talk on ‘A hill worth dying on!’
The idea I took from an old boss of mine when I was going to challenge a military decision I did not like. The words still ring loud and clear in my mind he said, “Chief, is this hill you are about to climb worth dying on? Take a day and think about it, let me know your decision in the morning.”
I knew what he meant, was gambling a perfect career worth it? I decided it was NOT worth it after I calmed down.
I used Martin Luther King Jr for one. No matter your opinion of the man, he saw a hill (segregation) worth dying on.
Of course these were Christian Seniors, and I ended up with the Lord seeing a hill he knew was worth dying on.
Too many of us choose some minor hill that in the end will make no difference in a year or so. We expend our energy trying to win some battle that the victory is short-lived if won, and some die trying to accomplish something not worthy of the fight.
I said, “I was told to keep this short, make it funny and remember this is church.”
I told a joke and took up an offering. Actually I took a dollar offering and changed it into a quarter and 3 balls.
Then someone asked if I was going to do a drawing? I said no, but watch this. I used the Disappearing crayons into an un-colored coloring book, to magically color the drawings. Always a hit with adults and kids alike.
It was fun, and of course those seniors can cook some delicious food. I seldom entertain or do any ‘guest’ speaking now that I do not hear. That was explained at the beginning of the meeting.
Thanks for coming this way.
I was asked where I wanted to stand to speak. I said in front of the exit so no one will leave before the ‘offering’.