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Periodically, I return to the book, “The Buzzards Are Circling, But God’s Not Finished With Me Yet,” by Stan Toler. This usually takes away any depressing thoughts.


We are almost finished with the summer and fall festivals and activities that keep us busy, and it could be a “ho-hum” time in our county.


Discouragement suggests a lack of courage. It is a philosophy that even Peter, the apostle, wanted to change, when he said, “They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of time’.” (2 Peter 3:4)


Here is one of Stan’s stories:


“Years ago, a hydroelectric dam was to be built across a valley in Maine. The people in the town were to be relocated, and the town was to be submerged.


During the interim time between making the final decision and actually evacuating the people, the town, which had once been a well kept place, fell into disrepair. Because of the looming dislocation, the townspeople saw no reason to maintain their town. One member of the town council rejected this thinking and made an impassioned speech, ‘Where there is no faith in the future, there is no work in the present’.”


Discouragement over the sameness of our situation can sap our strength. We are told, “There is no way out, only eventual destruction.”


It makes me very tired just to hear this!


We have so many reasons to look forward! Think about the changes that have been accomplished in the past few months. Churches have new pastors and new programs. New 4-H clubs are being organized. Schools have new principals, teachers and ideas. Younger people are moving into leadership in the county. New neighbors are our friends.


The best reason to look forward is that we love our life here in Calhoun County and we love the caring people.


      When you’re lonely, you wish for LOVE.

      When you’re down, you wish for JOY.

      When you’re troubled, you wish for PEACE.

      When things look empty, you wish for HOPE.



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