“What a God! His road stretches straight and smooth.  Every God-direction is road tested.  Everyone who runs toward Him makes it.  Is there any god like GOD?”  Psalms 18:30-31  The Message Bible

            Since God has “road tested” all of His directions, maybe we should view life’s problems as a sort of test.  Richard Carlson, in his book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and it’s all small stuff”, shares this tremendous insight into facing life’s problems simply as a test.  Here is what he says:

“One of my favorite posters says, “Life is a test. It is only a test.  Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.”  Whenever I think of this humorous bit of wisdom, it reminds me to not take my life so seriously.

            When you look at life and its many challenges as a test, or series of tests, you begin to see each issue you face as an opportunity to grow, a chance to roll with the punches.  Whether you’re being bombarded with problems, responsibilities, even insurmountable hurdles, when looked at as a test, you always have a chance to succeed, in the sense of rising above that which is challenging you.  If, on the other hand, you see each new issue you face as a serious battle that must be won in order to survive, you’re probably in for a very rocky journey.  The only time you’re likely to be happy is when everything is working out just right.  And we all know how often that happens.

            As an experiment, see if you can apply this idea to something you are forced to deal with.  Perhaps you have a difficult teenager or a demanding boss.  See if you can redefine the issue you face from being a “problem” to being a test.  Rather than struggling with your issue, see if there is something you can learn from it.  Ask yourself, “Why is this issue in my life?  What would it mean and what would be involved to rise above it?  Could I possibly look at this issue any differently?  Can I see it as a test of some kind?”

            This is only a test……

            Pastor Don     




College Funds

  A woman called the dean of the college that her freshman son was going to.

  “I’m worried.  I don’t know who my son can hang out with. He doesn’t have the kind of money all the other students have.” 

  The dean replied, “He can hang out with the faculty.”


Other Silly Sayings:

  1. What do you get when you toss a hand grenade into a kitchen in France? Linoleum blownapart.
  2. A city in Alaska passed a law outlawing all dogs. It became known as Dogless Fairbanks.
  3. Which famous golfer loves to drink wine? Litre Vino.
  4. A man goes to a dermatologist with a rare skin disease. The doctor says, “Try a milk bath.” So the guy goes to the grocery store and tells the dairy manager he needs enough milk to take a bath. The dairy guys ask “You want that pasteurized?” “Nah,” the man replied “Up to my chin should do it.”
  5. What’s the difference between an angry circus owner and a Roman barber? One is a raving showman, and the other is a shaving Roman.
  6. In ancient Rome, deli workers were told that they could eat anything they wanted during the lunch hour. Anything, that is except the smoked salmon. Thus were created the world’s first anti-lox breaks.
  7. Did you hear about the red ship and the blue ship that collided? Both crews were marooned.
  8. Why did the Maharishi refuse Novocain when he had his tooth pulled? He wanted to transcend dental medication.
  9. Did you hear about the two men from the monastery who opened a fast-food seafood restaurant? One was the fish friar, the other was the chip monk.