OUT TO PASTOR: Not everything in life is automatic
Two days in the year I don’t like. Somebody is thinking it is my wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary.
I worked that out a long time ago. My birthday is two days before the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and our anniversary is three weeks after our birthday.
No way can I forget that.
When my wife gives me a birthday card with some gift it reminds me that I have two days to reciprocate.
I remember my wife’s birthday and I remember our wedding anniversary, but more often than not, I cannot remember the years. I do not know how old my wife is. At least, that’s my story. And, I am not sure how long we’ve been married.
The two days I’m not very happy with are the days when we turn the clock forward an hour and then turn the clock backward an hour. I still do not know why in the world we do that. We gain an hour in the spring, but then we lose an hour in the fall. What's the sense in all that?
Why would you want to gain something and then give it back a couple months later?
I grew up in the non-technical age. I had to wind my watch every day to make sure it had the right time. It was not like it is today worth the time is set automatically.
I look at my cell phone and the time is updated automatically. I look at our TV set and see that the time is updated automatically. I like that.
My problem is that I like it too much. I have become accustomed to things being adjusted automatically.
Now they have cars that part automatically and you can be sure I’m not going to buy one. I am satisfied with the automatic setting of my clock and TV.
When I was in high school, I worked part-time for a woman. I mowed the grass and cleaned inside the house. One big thing she had in the house was about 25 clocks. I’m serious. Twenty-five clocks that all had to be set manually.
The first time I did it, I did not realize that each clock was set differently. You go upstairs and the clocks were 15 minutes faster than the clocks on the first floor so she would not be late for an appointment.
Being my employer, it would have been nice for her to explain that to me. But, as most employers do, they do not explain everything to their employees.
It was in the fall and we were to set the clocks back one hour. I thought she would appreciate the fact that I went around and reset all 25 of her clocks. After all, I was doing something on my own that needed done.
The thing I did not know of course, the clocks were all set different on different levels of the house. I went around and set all 25 clocks to the same time. I was so happy.
I was anxious to hear her commend me for a “job well done.” I was not prepared for what she was going to do.
When I arrived on her property, she comes out yelling and screaming at me at the top of her lungs. Trust me, she had lungs. At first, I could not understand what she was so upset about.
“Did you,” she said hysterically, “reset all the clocks in my house?”
I smiled back at her and said quite cheerfully, “Yes, ma’am, I did.”
Courtesy keeps me from quoting her right here. It was more than French she was yelling back at me.
I stayed away from her for a couple of days and then I was working for her husband at his store. When I walked in, he looked at me and laughed hysterically.
I was not sure what he was laughing at that he motioned me to come over. So, I did.
“My wife,” he said between laughs, “told me what you did the other day.” Then he broke into some more hysterical laughter.
Then he sat me down and explained the whole situation to me. I must confess when he finished telling me the whole story, I joined him in some hysterical laughter. We kept this to ourselves for as long as I worked there.
I thought of what Paul said, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
Not everything is automatic, some things you have to work for.