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What’s Brewing – January 2018

                                                WHAT TO BRING TO 2018!

It’s been VERY cold for Chicago folks these past few days, so what better way to warm up than to visit with some friendly folks at St. Arbucks in the early morning! The topic that developed naturally as we move into the brand New Year of 2018 was “What can I bring to 2018?” Listen in as we discuss, nudge, engage, laugh, and perhaps even change our minds as we share ideas, inspirations, and hopes. Here is a listing of 18 quotes and concepts discussed. Listen closely and perhaps you can even hear the background music playing, “Have a jolly, jolly, java!” Someone just mentioned that it is SO cold here that they just saw a family eating ice cream just to keep warm!………And now on to the thoughts to consider for  2018:

1.“How can we continue to grow older – with no apologies? We need to move from denying aging to accepting it, and even embracing and celebrating it!”

2.“Wouldn’t it be great if each of us would work on saying “Yes” much more than “No” during 2018?

3.”Laugh more at yourself than at others. It would sure make this a happier world!”

4.“Listen and watch how younger people respond to, converse with, and relate to older people around them. Help all ages to do the same so that we can learn from each other.”

5.”Discuss and listen more to people rather than argue and demand, especially in terms of the current political climate in our country, and our Church”.

6.”Do everything in moderation – including moderation!” (Some of us are still trying to figure out this one!)

7.”Consider that every thought is a seed. If we plant crab apples, we can’t count on harvesting golden delicious.”

8.”Keep the focus on the Promise of the Lord, rather than on the Problems of the world. That’s the only way to help solve the problems of the world!”

9.”We get in trouble when we choose the wrong enemy.”

10.”Faith in Christ always defeats Fear in failure!”

11.“Be perfectly imperfect!”

12.“A common sense of civility and respect is lacking greatly in the current climate and conversations of our national leaders.”

13.“Remember the two buttons that read – “Maybe you are right; maybe I am wrong.”? Perhaps we should print and wear them again!

14.“Leave a little glitter wherever you go.”

15.”We don’t see things the way they are – we see things the way we are.”

16.“In God’s Kingdom, everyone matters!”

17.“In our daily lives together, never forget that we are all just walking each other home.”

And to close off our hopes and dreams for the New Year of 2018, and since St. Arbucks is urging us to leave soon anyway, what better way to sum it up with the Word of the Lord from Micah 6:8 –

18.”What does the Lord require of us but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8) 

Blessed 2018, from all of us here at St. Arbucks!

Rich Bimler