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    Part-Time vs. Full-Time Jobs–Keep Moving

    October 12, 2015
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    Have you seen this book?  Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy–Until You’re 80 and Beyond  by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge.

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    A couple weeks ago, our pastor asked the congregation how many of us had read it, and he was shocked that only one hand went up. (I was shocked that Live Strong, Fit and Sexy came out of the pulpit’s mouth, but then I’m old and that’s what this book is about. Hilarious.) Tim quoted from it–and title or no title–I haven’t forgotten the quote (which shows I’m not that old.)

    Here’s what Tim quoted (or something like it)–

    “When you retire, you need to look at  ‘keep moving’ as a part-time job.”

    Isn’t that the truth? I’m nowhere near retired, but I am trying to lose my baby fat. After all I had my last baby 19 years ago–time to get rid of those annoying tires on the mid-frame. Somehow I forgot to keep moving. No carbs at night (bummer) and moving–even a little bit more, every day–is my new Part-time Job. I work at it. I think about it. I plan for it. It’s not my favorite.

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    The trouble with adding a Part-time Job is: what do you do about all the other 14 Part-time jobs you are already doing?? N’est pas? (like learning a foreign language, for instance.)

    Yep. Lots of Part-time jobs going on in the Donaldson household. I just got this other Part-time Job. Meet Holliday Donaldson, aka, Holli. Nine weeks and chewing, I mean, growing:

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    She’s pretending she’s a Full-time Job but I’m trying to ignore that. She’s hard to ignore.part-time job part time job

    I’m an idiot. But more on that later.

    We all have 14 or more Part-time Jobs. How shall we then live? (to use another scholar’s title–I’m thinking Francis Shaeffer never used the word sexy in public. I could be wrong.)

    How shall we then live with all these Part-time Jobs? Live well, I mean. Not just survive.

    Here’s how: You make God your Full-time Job. You do keep moving–toward Him.


    So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1,2 MSG

    You may have learned it like this:

    Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (NASB)

    Either way, it’s my Full-time Job. If you claim Christ as your own–if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ–it’s yours as well. I never want my Full-time job to get lost in all my Part-time jobs. Easy to do. I need to pray this everyday to keep moving.



    I want You to be my full-time job–seeking You, loving You, serving You, praising You. When I do, all the other part-times fall into place.

    Funny how that works. 


    How? Try putting Colossians 3 to memory. Good for staying strong, fit, etc.



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