from Rachel: Life Is A Temporary Assignment

“May 1”

“I should try to remember C.S. Lewis’ quote ‘All that is not eternal is eternally useless.’”

“Back to my life metaphor (part five) – I am journeying through a foreign land toward my real home.

“(Camp out, don’t build a house.)”

“I should, today and every day, try to value work more and fun less. I should view my housework and daily tasks as service to God as well as to Randy and Daniel. I should try to do another job rather than knock off earlier for the day.”

“I should also always look for opportunities to at least mention Jesus to people I meet. (Like I should’ve the other day when I passed the lady with a T-shirt saying, ‘What if the Hokey-Pokey really is what it’s all about?’ and all I did was comment on the humor.

“Pray for Doorways to One.”

Dearest Rachel –

Sometimes, the titles of these chapters wind up being so much more poignant in this kind of hindsight. After all, your assignment is over, and you’ve gotten to knock off early for your entire job.

Still, I wonder if and what you might have forgotten in the intervening sixteen, seventeen years (had it really been that long?) since writing these things down. Certainly, I found my I have found myself disposing of so many of those “eternally useless” things over the last six months, and even feeling the need to apologize to you through these letters for having done so. Similarly, over the course of the time passed, you came to embrace that ‘fun personified’ aspect of your personality; not that it seemed that anybody objected to it, but it did sort of leave these resolutions behind to a certain extent, now, didn’t it?

At least you were never persuaded that the Hokey-Pokey was what it was all about. I’ve gone through enough of your purses to know that you brought home so many of the church’s business cards to give out to people along your way. And I can attest to the fact that you gave those out at more opportunities than I would have. So there’s that; you went through a lot more of those Doorways to One (an old church slogan from before our current pastor’s tenure) than I ever could have.

So, yes, you fell short of all these lofty goals. You still managed to keep others of them, and probably did better than most people who went through this study – including myself, it shames me to admit. Hope you’re enjoying your real home now, now that you’ve come home from camp.

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