The Bible is hard to discern. Many interpretations can come from a single passage, but over time studying the Bible can give way to a much clearer interpretation because you eventually learn to look at the whole passage instead of one or two verses.
We are all guilty of taking people’s words out of context and make their words serve our agenda, so too it is with bible verses. But I feel Matthew 7:7-8 is straight forward advice for our lives and handling of all situations. “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
ASK: If we need help we need to ask for it, because people cannot read our minds and some don’t want to be accused of interfering. But asking for help is often difficult and humbling. In asking we must admit that we cannot do it all ourselves, but who can? Or you might fear rejection; to feel inadequate and be rejected may be difficult but that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. On the positive side, asking allows you to create new or deeper bonds with others and allows the helper to utilize their talents and validate their self worth.
SEEK: We should always live our lives seeking advice, right counsel, insight, understanding, knowledge, experience or whatever is necessary to keep us growing and evolving. Wisdom can keep us from the mistakes of ignorance. For example if you need to replace your automobile you seek out statistics on different model vehicles, comparing prices, reliability, operating costs, warranties, etc., in order to make the best informed decision.
KNOCK: Sometimes we know exactly what we want but you have to patiently wait for the door to open. An example here would be you’ve graduated college and are looking for a job in your field. Sometimes you have to wait for the job to open, or you may have to relocate or you might even have to accept a slightly different job until your ideal job comes along.
Nothing great is ever accomplished without persistence and patience, a lesson that isn’t taught or enforced in much of today’s society. We have instant credit and countless charities that lend a hand to make life easy, not to mention the government that wants to keep many from the countless merits derived from achieving a goal through hard work, delayed gratification and fortitude. I don’t mean to disparage charities because their intentions are typically virtuous but many create reliance instead of offering mentoring.
Tonight wraps up the Right to Life sale at the Versailles K of C Hall. It’s bargain day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with clothing at $3 per bag and half price on all other items.
Mark your calendar and purchase your ticket for the 2014 Versailles Farefest to be held Aug. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m., some tickets will be available at the gate. Also the Versailles Rotary Club is sponsoring a BBQ Chicken/BBQ Park Chop dinner on Aug. 29. Tickets are presale only available at Total Image, Phelan Insurance, US Bank or Books by the Bushel in Frenchtown. This is a carry-out meal which can be picked up from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the St. Denis Church parking lot. Consider ordering your meal so you don’t have to cook on a football night. Then you can always catch a snack and beverage at the All Class Reunion downtown.
Congratulations to the softball class of 2009 who took the title championship at last weekend’s Alumni Softball Tournament. Kudos goes to the class of 1994 who remained undefeated throughout the tournament until they met the class of 2009; 15 years their junior and the winner of the loser’s bracket. Since it was a double elimination the Class of 2009 had to defeat 1994 twice…Wow! It was a beautiful weekend of fun and socializing.
Happy 99th birthday wishes to Juanita Gerling, I have heard many wonderful stories about this former Versailles Elementary School teacher. Her former students continue to have a respect and an admiration for Mrs. Gerling which is probably conveyed most authentically in their affectionate and beaming voices. Although I did not have Mrs. Gerling as a teacher it’s apparent that she left an indelible print on the many lives she touched. I have been asked and am honored to wish her a most beautiful and blessed birthday.
Also happy birthday to Mike Williams, Jessica Francis, Ruth Grisez, Karyl Woolery, Jan Gigandet, Bernadette Shower, Beth Bell, Vicki Edinburgh, Paul Bury, Murphy Grow, Kim Ward, Sharpie Francis, Andrea Barga, Barb Condon, Todd Finch, Joyce Huber, Janet Keyser, Todd Richard, Bob Paulus and Karen Herndon. Happy anniversary wishes to Kelly and Tony Luthman (19), Connie and Jeff Stamen (36), Shila and Tom Magoto (42), Ruby and Bill Hayes (44), and Barb and John Berger (57). Congratulations and best wishes to Loretta and Tom Donnelly who marry this weekend.
Happy retirement wishes to Marcia Davidson. Hello to Fred Nickels, Lois Buyback, Betty Kremer, Lynne Becker, Greg White, Linda Groff, Diane Kunk, Kay Camacho, Lucy Hole, Judy Mumaw, Carolyn Armstrong, Arlene Barton, Carol Apple, Bevy Didier, Leigh Fletcher and Sheila Coffield.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Bob Homan, Gloria Miller, Hayden Shields, George Stuck, Ruth Hoelscher, Verena Bohman, Marlene Ward, Tim Magoto, Annabelle and Basil Subler, Fred Bruns, Marilyn Barge, John Griesdorn, Payton Platfoot, Al Bliss, Kelli Berger, Ed Grilliot, Virginia Pittsenbarger, Cindy Brumbaugh, Chris Kemper, Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Irene Broering, Joe Slonkosky, Jack Borgerding, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Peaches Boyer, Jean Hartzell, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard, Rusty Whittaker and all those dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Alvina Peltier and Paul Nieport, also remembering the lives of Ed Noll, Natty Cramer, Sarah Hackett, Melody Alexander, Austin Lube, Jack Wood, Leo Shuffle, Mike Phlipot, Mary Magoteaux, John Voisard, Shawn Dittmer, Laurence Drees, Larry Subler, Gary Cooper, Joy Monnin, William Apple, Mary Lou Oswald, Wanda Whittaker, Helen Barhorst, Paul Knapped, Florence Pierson, Lowell Brown and Bonnie Bensman as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
”The quality of your life is based on the quality of the questions you ask.” ~John Demartini
”A truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.” ~Ayn Rand
”Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you beat down the door.” ~Kyle Chandler
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.