Ahhh... The Fall Festival season is getting closer and in Missouri, it sure does feel like it. I can just walk outside in the morning and smell fall in the air.
So how am I going to keep the Feasts this year? Well, for those who know me, I'll be in Colorado this year. For those who don't know me, I'll be in Colorado this year. So I look forward to meeting up with new and old friends. Come out to the disc golf course by the Eagle lift and hang with us nerds. For those of you who are headed elsewhere, take care and we'll look to spend time together next year.
As for this year, I have a few goals that I'd like to stick to, if possible (silly comments and reasons in parentheses):
1) Stay away from mob mentality (a term I've used a lot lately after watching the inner moron come out of my friends and me when we get around a large group of people we haven't seen in a while).
2) Eat out with less than 30 people at dinner thus keeping waiting times below 3+ hours (so I can HAVE a Feast).
3) Forgo buying ridiculous gifts for myself and take some little old ladies or less blessed families out to dinner (the Bible focuses on serving and spending money on whatever food or drink I desire, not a new stereo or car).
4) Get enough sleep so I can pay attention in services (the real reason I'm there).
5) Serve others every day (there are plenty of self-service churches I can attend to if I'm not up for that).
6) Have one-on-one, in depth spiritual conversations rather than small talk in a crowded condo (I think that's pretty self-explanatory).
7) Remember the sick folks who aren't able to attend this year (send them a post card, even).
8) Enjoy nature rather than the mall (although Cinnabon does smell good, God's Creation is soooo much better).
9) Get to know a lot of new people (if I'm spending eternity with you people, I'd better get to know you).
10) Pray and study (this one can be tough, but it can be done and it's far more important than drinking with friends well into the morning hours - see #4).
11) Thank God every day for where I am, what I've been given and what I'm becoming (there's no silly comment for that).
I probably won't be able to do them all, but it's slowly becoming something I'm trying to do a little better each year. This is the first time I've written them down, so maybe I'll hold myself more accountable. Feel free to borrow any or all of them for yourself. Just remember, some people out there actually think that God's Holy Days are a burden! My job is to make sure I'm not making it one for myself and especially for others... Rather, let's make them true feasts.
Ahhh, that's the smell of the Kingdom coming...