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Monthly Archives: April 2018

BONUS DAY #32

A check list of errands would seem like a hassle, but not on a Bonus Day.  Every item on the list becomes a blessing.  Instead of “having to do it” you are “able to do it.”  Everything is a blessings.  Everything you get to do is a bonus.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #31

“Thank you Father for hearing us”…was Jesus’ prayer just before Lazarus was raised from the dead.  “Thank, Father” was the start of Jesus’ prayer before the multiplying of the loaves and fishes.  “Thank you.” Simple gratitude.  Appreciation.  Being thankful is how any miracle gets started.  Thankfulness is a choice–a decision based in your own attitude/spirit.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #30

I have a tendency to “preserve” the clothes I like the best.  I will leave it in the closet and wear something I don’t really like to wear in order to preserve it and keep it new(er).  I realized today that if I was dead it wouldn’t matter.  Those clothes I worked so hard at not wearing (preserving) would be hauled off to the Good Will Store by my loved ones.  WEAR IT.  USE IT.  ENJOY IT.  Why settle for something you don’t like or want to wear if you have what you like right in your closet.  Wear it.  Wear it out.  Better to use and enjoy rather than die with it unworn.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #29

Bonus days give a person a new perspective when it comes to money.  Today a Christian Leader made an appeal to have a group of Churches join together and go over the top of a goal.  The need was as a result of some Churches not coming through, but the Leader didn’t blame anyone, just asked for help.  As Marceil and I talked about what The Christian Resource Group should do (financially speaking) to help, she mentioned to me–“if things would have gone differently a month ago, you wouldn’t have an opportunity to help.”  “The opportunity to help…” that phrase really gets to me.  Yes, every need is an opportunity to help–not a burden, not a grimace, not a problem.  A need that emerges gives us an opportunity to be a follower of Christ.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

 

BONUS DAY #28

I was able to touch base with a long time friend that I see a few times a year who is embarking on a new chapter in his life.  He is changing occupations/career paths after 38 years of doing the same thing.  I was warmed by how he described his present day walk with God.  I am proud of him and was able to tell him how honored I have been to be part of his life.  As we drove down the road I was reminded how important it is for us to always be “up to date.”  “Up to date” with God–always….but also “up to date” with people.  Never put off telling someone you love them; enjoy them; appreciate them; like them; or are honored to be part of their life.  People need to know we value them.  Far too often kind words are only spoken AFTER someone is gone from us.  Let’s stay up to date.  Let’s speak into others our appreciation/our love into their lives in “real time”–TODAY.  Let’s do it today!

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #27

Matthew 10 tells the story of Martha inviting and hosting Jesus and friends to the home she shared with her sister, Mary, and brother, Lazarus, in Bethany–just outside Jerusalem close to the Mount of Olives.  Martha is busy preparing for the meal while her sister sits with Jesus engaging and connecting with Him.  The more Martha worked the more upset she became with her sister–as in–very worked up.  Martha became so worked up she asserted herself into the next room, confronting and making accusations.  (Like many of us do when we are worked up about an issue–“our” issue).  If Jesus would have been a “pleaser personality” he would have apologized to Martha and encouraged everyone to head into the kitchen and help her out.  Instead, Jesus takes it head on.  “Martha, you get distracted, and worked up about things that aren’t important.  Further, Jesus says, Your sister, Mary, has chosen the right thing to do by making it her priority to drink in my presence, by listening to me, by waiting with me, by sitting and yielding to a moment with me.”  The story in Matthew 10 gives us an important comparable–are we distracted or are we drinking in the presence of Jesus in our lives?  Are we getting worked up about stuff or are we sitting in the presence of the Lord?

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #26

Someone today shared their Spring Break, 2018 with us today.  Something unusual and out of the ordinary they did for their 13 year old daughter.  We laughed as the father described participating in an activity that he was completely unfamiliar and unpracticed.  He said his daughter enjoyed every minute of the week.  Most importantly, they were together building memories that will last a life time.  We should always be reminded that every moment together is a memory to build and enjoy.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #25

Today someone was upset over an issue and made a compelling and intense reason as to why it was my fault.  Interestingly, it didn’t bother me.  Not only that, it didn’t bother me one bit.  I find that while on three different strong heart medications (especially the one that slows down the heart itself) the calmer I am in the face of intense situations.  At this point–living on “bonus time” using “bonus days” material items that break, wear out, or wear down, (things that can be fixed) just don’t deserve ANY of my emotional, physical or mental energy.  I SURE WISH I HAD REACHED THIS CONCLUSION 45 YEARS AGO!

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #24

As soon as possible in life we need to learn three things:

  1.  It is not “all about me.”
  2. Calm down.
  3. Wait your turn.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #23

We had dinner with my brother, John and his wife, Julie today.  John was interviewing for a company not far from us so they were able to spend a couple of days with us.  Visiting with them reminds me how important family is to your life.

Every day is a Bonus Day.

Much Love,

Marc