Notes from Jan

Good to Know

June 22, 2019

Not all of us wake, stretch, leap from our beds and shout, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24 KJV) Memorized it years ago, back when it was easier to learn and leap.

What’s good to know today?

David McCullough, historian and author, reminded all who attended his lecture at Hamilton Congregational Church ten days ago, “being useful is good, history matters and teachers are invaluable.” His newest book, The Pioneers, recounts the story of the settlers of the Northwest Territory, their “courage, hardships and high purpose.” McCullough decried our tendency towards being, “crybabies, excuse makers and whiners” and challenged decision makers to “require the study of history. Kids need to learn life has requirements.” Kids, aren’t the only ones.

This morning after reading Psalm 78, a history of forgetfulness and consequences for God’s children, I thought of McCullough’s thoughts on history’s worth:” It teaches us to be empathetic, grateful and recognize we can’t do it alone.”

Yesterday at Gordon College, we celebrated the life of Rich Obenschain, founder of LaVida. Good to see colleagues and alums, who’ve become like family over the years and celebrate the life of one who “held fast” to God, encouraged others to remember God’s commands and faithfulness.

Eric Wilder shared, “Ministry is the wake we leave behind as we follow Jesus.” He was quoting someone, but it’s what I’ve witnessed in the lives of many women and men during our years at Gordon.

To follow Jesus is to value others, walk humbly, listen to learn, speak truth, love always, be grateful and trust God with outcomes .

David McCullough’s pioneers exhorted us to “be of good use.”

Another David sang in tough times,”Trust in the Lord and do good.”(Psalm 37:3 NIV)

Good reminders.

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  • Reply Maggie Rowe June 22, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Life has requirements, that it does! And one should be gratitude.

    I am thankful for you and for your faithfulness in continuing to share notes from your journey with your grateful readers.

  • Reply Hilda June 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Great reminders! Thank you Jan for sharing.

    • Reply Jan Carlberg June 23, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      You’re welcome, Hilda. As McCullough said, “History reminds us we need each other.”

  • Reply Dan Russ June 22, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Good, very good to know you, Jan. Gracias!

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