Monthly Archives: June 2010

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder:
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye – they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only one check in my check book, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my glasses and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail.

Do me a favor. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who I’ve sent it to.

Don’t laugh! If this isn’t you yet, your day is coming!

Greg Cryns

Scentsy Flameless Candles

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SURPRISING PATRIOT – founding father John Witherspoon

SURPRISING PATRIOT


Only one clergyman signed the Declaration of Independence–John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian. How did a pastor, born and educated in Scotland, became one of America’s “founding fathers”? In 1768, Witherspoon was called from his church near Glasgow to be president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. Then in 1774 Witherspoon became involved in the growing dispute between the American colonies and the Mother Country, joining in the protest against British policies throughout the colonies.

A strict Calvinist, Witherspoon was known for his sermons on providence, not politics. But that changed on May 17, 1776. Preaching to the college and community, Witherspoon came out forthrightly for the patriot cause:

You are all my witnesses, that this is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season, however, it is not only lawful but necessary, and I willingly embrace the opportunity of declaring my opinion without any hesitation, that the cause in which America is now in arms, is the cause of justice, of liberty, and of human nature….

“The knowledge of God and his truths have from the beginning of the world been chiefly, if not entirely, confirmed to those parts of the earth, where some degree of liberty and political justice were to be seen…. [In truth] there is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.”

On June 22, 1776, Witherspoon was chosen as a delegate to the Continental Congress, and he proceeded to Philadelphia where he joined in the debate over independence. There was no time to delay, he insisted, because the people “had been for some time past loud in its demand for the proposed declaration.” Less than a month later, he signed it.

Today, as we celebrate the 234th anniversary of American independence, and listen as a pastor perhaps introduces a “political subject into the pulpit,” let us remember with thanksgiving that it is nothing new.

Source: United Church of Christ sunday Bulletin Service

Greg Cryns

Scentsy Flameless Candles