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What?

For most of my life, I have been asked the question, "What?" What do you do? What are your goals? What do you want to do? What do you want to accomplish in life? So I, in one of my compliant phases, started to ask myself the same questions as they seemed to be important ones, or at the very least, popular ones. "What?" is a very hard question to answer, I discovered. Not being a very linear thinker and not having a definable profession don't help, either.

This week I was finally freed from the question of "What?" Or rather, I narrowed it down to ONE "what" question that negates the need for any others. Here is the only "What?" question I believe is worthy of my attention: What part of the character of God is my life supposed to show and bring to this world? If I know the response to this, all life's questions and answers fall into place much easier. Decision-making becomes a snap (okay, not exactly a snap, but I like the sound of the phrase - reminds me of some commercial for a wonder gadget...see, I told you I was not a linear thinker!)

Since I know that God has asked me to display what a faithful friend looks like, I do only those things that fall in line with this characteristic, or do things is such a way that this comes through, at least to the best of my ability.

So now if you ask me, "What do you do?" I can honestly and usually fairly quickly reply: I am friendly!

This picture is of my nephew, John, doing what he loves.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Wow, that's a sweet picture! Hey, I think I know that guy, doesn't he play Major League Baseball or something? I think that's where I saw him once. John Elias, not only a great player, but also a great teammate and individual. Ha Ha! Go Bisons! Yes, I am full of myself! Literally!
Anonymous said…
Matte, I hope you don't mind my advertising, but anyway...

If anyone cares to know, I play ball for the Altona Bisons in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League (mjbl.ca).

Come down to Altona and watch some very exciting ball ladies and gentlemen!!!
Anonymous said…
O ya, and my blog is:

baseballandme.blogspot.com

I never update it, but that's still what it is...

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