The News from Friendswood, Texas on December 15, 1977 · Page 2
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December 15, 1977

The News from Friendswood, Texas · Page 2

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NEWS December IS, 1977 MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT By Don Willis Do We Spend Time Wisely? "Don, you are always writing about Involvement In the life of the community, why don't you write one on too much Involvement?" "You feel that you ore over - committed?," I asked. "Yea. I guess that you could put It that way. I certainly feel over-committed and over-involved. Yet. come to think of Jt, I really don't know what I would cut out?" I probed, "You wont to be meaningfully Involved, but you feel that you have a few too many things going? You would like to cut down on your activity, but you have not yet sat down and really analyzed Just where and what wroAudel you cut?" He thought a while, and then answered, "I feel put upon, but I don't know who to blame, but myself. Perhaps you are right, I need to sit down and really take a look at my life. Except, and this is no excuse. I know, well, Christmas is so busy." I laughed, "Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Many of us have the some kind of problems!" Christmas is a busy time of the year. That is true. Yet, what better time to take a long look at our lives? Is au this hassle necessary? Why is it that most people come down to the end of the Christmas season tired, worn out, half angry Pearland Santa's Helper for * ChrUtanas Portraits (Ask about our "not too late* ideas) it Framed Scenic* to give or keep * Picture frames it Low cost film processing Audel Photography 3526 E. Broadway, Pearland with the world, and broke? Is this really the meaning of Christmas? It certainly Is not what we sing- about Christmas. Maybe the ancient English hud a good idea. They began their celebration of Christmas on December 25th and continued it through the 6th of January? We begin Christmas sometime between Labor Day and Halloween and fall exhausted on December 24th. Anyway, there is no better time to think through our life style than this time of the year, especially in time for the New Year. Now this docs not apply to the lazy, but to the over worked, over active and over committed people. These ore the people presented with what the psychologists call over-choice. Our life Is so full and rich that we run fever slhly-from one exciting thing to the next, never having time to enjoy any one thing for Itself. My family ran straight intp this the other day. We wanted to go on a family outing. Each member of the family wanted to go to o different major shopp. ing center, not to spend money, but to take in the sights. This Is almost too much to imagine to most of- the people of the Houston area who grew up hi small towns In East Texas, or Arknsos, or Iowa, or Ohio, where there wasn't even one decent sized shopping center. It almost blows the circuits! To those who find themselves In a state of future shock or lust plain shock, I have three suggestions to make for your consideration. First, study your We, your time and your resources. Are you spending your life, time and resources on something infinitely worthwhile? What really takes the most of your time. It is often tunes surprising what really takes our time. I know one man wHo The News OTFICUL NEWSPAPER for City of Frltndtwood. Frlrndt- wood DmlniM District and P«r- toad tndfpmdrat School District. PUBUSHED: Each Monday and Tbundajr at lit South Frkodtwood Drlvft.Frltndt. wood, Itiu TTJ48. Pbon* 713- a -7WJ._S*«md CUM Pt*tan t Prtendiwood. SUBSCniPTlONRATES MM per y«r or IS cent* per ropy from vttidor rarki. Make dwelt pay. abja to Tin NEWS at Box "nb. rriradswood. Tnu TJMO MUskn-UlUr Don Carpenter John Bailor* ""•"all P»l Paour. Unit* — - PuMllhrd bjr Suburban Publke* Uons. Inc. Fncndittood. Teias. PubUshlnt area news since. Dannbvi 17. mo. Dedicated to the erowtb and profrru of the Pnrland. Prlendswood and Southeast Harris County ami. Juw o"r EiSdiW. * BatUnpUr Cdl» Kuiler TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION MEMBER FDIC OPEN FOR FULL SERVICE 6 DAYS A WEEK Lobby Hours Drive In Hours 9-2 Monday thru Friday ^ Monday thro Frlday 8-12 Saturday was challenged by his boss to see exactly how ho spent his time. He wrote down what be did each hour of the day, being even more exact- Ing, the minutes of the day. His secretary got In the swing of what be was doing, and helped him chronicle his time. To his utter dismay, he found that he was spending eighty percent of this time on tJiinp that did not directly relate to his business success. His life was cluttered with Interruptions, with people calling on his time, who did not really have a claim on his time, and by jobs and tasks that he should have either delegated to others or left undone. • If you honestly put in a diary wh« you spend •your time ana resources on, would they be significant things?. How much of your Urne and resources do you spend on your family, your real job, your church, your community? Take on inventory. It might enlighten you. • Secondly, carefully select the most important things that you do, end quit the others. Frank Broylcs when he became head football Coach at Arkansas, put In a complicated offense. To my recollection, he and his team lost their first four gomes. He was fit to be • tied. He sat down with his staff and asked what arc we doing that we should not be doing. The .Arkansas staff and team ; leveled with him. They said, "Coach, your system Is too complicated. Let's get down to execution, to blocking •and tackling." Broylcs threw out seventy percent of bis complicated system. As I remember It. they won the rest of their games. Our lives 'tan tee like that. •••?"• 'I !?? -,?fi? toMkOjWtn- -1 to the basics. We need to •y throw out much of what we do. It Is the execution that counts. Thirdly, slow down your pace. When your motor gets to going on all cylinders, and I get over active, I generally pay a price. I usually get sick. I used to pray for healing, and stlfl do, but God sometimes speaks to me through an Illness, saying, "Willis, slow' down!" So, I have learned to obey the greater wisdom of my body, and slow down. I get me-a good book, and read It. I study the Holy Bible. I pray to God and medit- • ate. I take a long walk with my wife. I take a long walk by myself, sometimes. I slow down • my pace. Try slowing down this 'Christmas. You might even learn to enjoy Christmas, again. You might want to do more meditating and more reading and studlng In 1978. We would like to bear from you. Call or write us, here at the NEWS. Church Plans Cantata Sun MANVEL-The First Baptist Church of Manvel will present "Love Transcending", a Christmas cantate by John W. Peterson Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. The adult choir wlfi be held by J. Hubbard Hurst of Pasadena. "Her Lengthened Shadow", a playlette Depleting scenes from the life of Lottie Moon, wanpresentcd Dec. 7, at the Hist Baptist Church of Menvel. Cast members were selected from all ages among the church membership and their colorful costumes added to the presentation of the life of this missionary who served In China for 40 years. The playlette, followed by a Chinese dinner served to the 90 people present, WAS part of the churches foreign mission emphasis. Sheila May - Glen Allen Marriage Announced Mr. and Mrs. J.R. May announce the marriage of their daughter. Sheila Lynn to Olen Allen Young, 3rd Class Officer. U.S. Coast Guard, son of Mr. Glenn Young, New Waverly, Texas and Mrs. Gerald- Ine McCoy ot Pearlond. The wedding ceremony took place In the Mason First Baptist Church In Houston and was performed by Rev. Joe Ash, with only the visrrjJSAT THE BOARDWALK 1302 S. FRIENDSWOOD DR. FRIENDSWOOD /RAVEL inc. 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