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Weeky E-News

Weekly e-News January 26, 2018

CCC Admin

Hey, everyone!

Wow! What an awesome day!! 

“Sunny and warmer with highs in the upper 50s! Lows will be in the middle 30s Friday night!”

Thanks, Todd Howell!

And another reason today’s an awesome day is that I was almost totally killed yesterday!
So today…and every day after…is a bonus and a gift for me!

Here’s what happened…

I always go down Key Spring Rd to my house just because it’s prettier than any other way. So, I got to the bottom where it intersects with the two-lane Hwy 61 near Marlow. Sun was kinda setting in the west and in my face but I could still see that someone was coming east in my direction. Still, I calculated that I had plenty of time to turn left. 
Which I did do. 
One thing I didn’t calculate was that there was a guy coming up behind the guy coming towards me… And he was going about 100 mph!
And he decided at the last minute to pass the person coming in my direction!
So, as I turned into the westbound lane, there was someone who believed “the faster, the funner!”  in my lane! 
Coming my way! 
We could see the whites of the other’s eyes! 

But somehow I just pulled on to the shoulder, kept myself from going in the ditch, and after he blew by, headed home. 

“Wow. That was close!” I reflected later. 

But at the time, I thought, “Hey. This feels familiar! Almost normal…
Where have I been in this situation before?…
OH! I know! In italia!”

In Italy, folks pass (and drive!) on sidewalks…
they blow their horns from behind as soon as the stop light turns green…
and they pass you on two-lanes going the speed of sound with someone coming towards you in the other lane, all the time! 

Everybody just scoots over to the shoulder on either side while he passes thru, one or both give the “Hook ‘em Horns!” gesture out the window (it means somethin’ else over there), and yells, “Che str*#&zo!!” 

I guess I felt surprisingly unrattled, but as I drove toward home on our beautiful Mahoney Rd, I reflected on the lessons I learned in 2.7 seconds…

First…
You never know when lessons you learned in stressful situations will be helpful one day…

Second…
God has my days numbered and stuff for me to do, so nothing’s gonna happen until His will for me is done!
As someone once quipped, 
“My life won’t end until my work God gives me is done. And I’m so far behind, I’m gonna live until I’m 130!”

Third…
Today could be the last one you get so live it like it might be! 
Besides making sure you have clean underwear on…
Tell people you love that you love them! 
Ask God to give you someone to care for in His Name everyday! 
Have loads of joy today! …

Jonathon Edwards, that awesome Connecticut Yankee reminded himself every week of his life of 70 “Resolutions”, or ideas he was determined to live by. Some of them would really help whoever drives on Hwy 61…

"Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life."

In other words, remember that you don't want to die with regrets! Here's another like that one...

"Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump."

You don't want to forget that! And this one may be my fav...

"Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live."

In other words, ”Go for it! With all your heart!” As Psalm 90 says, “Teach us to count our days!” Make every one of them count!” We don’t get that many days here!

Number four…
If it had been my time to go, I would have been in Heaven in a blink! Wow! That’s a “win win”!