Lynn Hummel, Pony Express
You have to do this every four years. If you want to keep your driver's license, every four years on your birthday you need to go in to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew your driver's license. It's no big deal, you just show up to prove you're still alive, pay $25.25, they check your eyes, take your picture for your new license and you're in business again for the next four years.
I'm reading a book where the author remembers that, back in his father's day, every family had a pair of binoculars and a set of encyclopedias and no one used either. That grabbed my attention. It probably would not surprise you that I'm of his father's generation, and yes, we do have a pair of binoculars around here that nobody uses and a 20 volume set of World Book encyclopedias with annual supplements for the years 1972, 1973 and 1974. But — our encyclopedias get used.
Many dramatic things have happened that were never recorded.History is, at best, an incomplete story. We can only guess at what has been left out. Even the Bible does not tell the whole story. "There are many other things that Jesus did. If they were all written down one by one, I suppose the whole world could not hold the books that could be written." John 21:25. If the story of Jesus is incomplete, just imagine the earlier stories from the Old Testament, many years earlier.
Depending on what you do on the morning of the first day or seventh day of the week, you might consider this a crisis. According to census figures, approximately 40 percent of Americans consider themselves church members. In Canada, the figure is 20 percent and in Europe, it's 8 percent or less.
I had a choice and I didn't choose the easy way out. And, as we all know, there are consequences for the choices we make. When our old gas grill burned out and went to the heap where all burnt out grills go, we went in search of a new cooking appliance.
We've all had the same experience — a lawn mower engine that won't start. You pull the cord 50 times and sometimes it fires, but it never starts. But before you get the 50 pulls, the starter cord breaks and then you have two problems. There are physical and emotional effects that could lead to a heart attack, a temper tantrum or worse. I remember reading about a guy who lost it and put about eight bullets into his stubborn mower. I understood completely.