Weekly View From Da Pews
October 08, 2021
By letting go, it all gets done: The world is won by those who let it go!
The Tao Te Ching
That is what so much of our compulsion is about: it is not “natural” for men is this age, in this society, to “let go.”
We hold on to old models of success and sometimes to disastrous ways of seeing things to fruition. How often have we clung to what we thought was the life raft of sanity, of our work, of our need to complete a task, for the sake of the task, not for what it brings us.
Father God, It will be important for me to keep my real goals in perspective today. I will need to be mindful of what makes me and those I love happy, not just what keeps me occupied.
From “Meditations for Men Who Do Too Much” by Jonathon Lazear
Gee! This kind of reminds me of someone I know. Maybe I should heed my own advice!
10 Ways to know you are a successful father!
“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” (Ruth E. Renkel) There is not one single path to successful parenting. All fathers are not created equal in method nor in standards. What sets a successful father apart from the pack is passion for his duty and the ability to love unconditionally. Possession of these two traits is the common denominator in all successful parents. The following can be considered one of the 10 “greatest hits” of an awesome Dad and I think it should be #1.
I started this last week with #1 being communication. This week I will talk about #2, “respect and love your wife.”
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” (Rev. Theodore Hesburgh) Your son will grow up one day to treat a woman the same way his father treated women. Your daughter will grow to expect the treatment that was provided in Dad’s example. This country has an epidemic of disrespectful young men and young women with low self-esteem. We are daily bombarded with examples of male prowess and female promiscuity. That’s no accident. We have a duty to stand and fight this battle against good family principles. That starts by always showing your wife the love and respect she deserves.
Speaking of love, did you know that this is a Hall Mark month, (aren’t they all). It is Pastor Appreciation month. It would be great if we as a congregation could show Pastor Sterling a little love by sending him a card or just simple telling him how much you appreciate all that he does for Dekorra. I think in my card I may include a coupon for Culvers.
This last Tuesday the church council had a special meeting to discuss the new church constitution and the work of the constitution committee. After 3 hours of discussion and some minor “tweaks” to what the committee had done, their work was sent off to the synod’s offices for their input and hopefully an OK. If the synod OK’s the draft, they will send it back to us for a ratification vote by the congregation at our annual meeting in January. When we get the OK from the synod, we will make copies of the document available, for your viewing pleasure, using several means of communication. This will enable us to hopefully address the issue at the annual meeting in a quick manner.
Because of the work done on the new constitution and the new wording, we will have to approve all new “Continuing Resolutions and By laws.” The constitution committee is now working on these and they should also be ready by the annual meeting for a congregational vote.
Today I celebrated a life well lived with the family of “Chainsaw” Mills.
I will always remember him as a “Man’s Man”, someone you were very glad to call friend, brother, confidant. One of the founding members of Dekorra Men for Christ. God’s peace to you brother!
Burton R. “Chainsaw” Mills, 71, of Lodi, WI. Entered peacefully into Heaven on Wednesday September 29, 2021 holding his daughters hands.
He bravely fought Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He was born on February 24, 1950 in Fond du Lac, WI. To Burton and Betty Mills. He was a 1968 graduate of Beloit Memorial H.S... Burton served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a proud patriot. In 1979, he started his 21 year career as a Sales Rep/Area Manager for Ameritech. At the age of 50, he retired.
Thanks to all who brought “yellow bags” last Sunday, Dottie would have been very proud of your generosity.
That’s all for this week folks. Time to get busy around the house. See you all on Sunday at “The Gathering Place”