Thought to Ponder

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.” ~John Burroughs


John Burroughs (April 3, 1837-March 29, 1921) was an American naturalist and essayist

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18 thoughts on “Thought to Ponder

  1. John Burroughs is right to a point. I find the day too short to get ALL my work done, and more and more I realize the frailness of this material world, the futility of the fleshly world, the weakness of my flesh and the reality of Eternity with Christ. But the Lord says to OCCUPY until I come so I persevere, to a good extent (or less) sometimes.
    What was that word????DILIGENCE??

  2. Amen Mr. Burroughs! Read all my books. Ride my bike. Write my thoughts. See the beauty of God’s creation. Listen and learn from my IPod Seminary. Walk my dogs! Pray all my prayers. And, cook my soups, stews and chili to keep Sara happy.

  3. Great are the works of the LORD;
    they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2

    You visit the earth and water it,
    You greatly enrich it;
    The river of God is full of water;
    You provide their grain,
    For so You have prepared it.
    You water its ridges abundantly,
    You settle its furrows;
    You make it soft with showers,
    You bless its growth.

    You crown the year with Your goodness,
    And Your paths drip with abundance.
    They drop on the pastures of the wilderness,
    And the little hills rejoice on every side.
    The pastures are clothed with flocks;
    The valleys also are covered with grain;
    They shout for joy, they also sing. Psalm 65:9-13

    Thank you Lord for all the beauty and wonder You provide each day. There is so much to meditate on and be thankful for. And thank you that you give us each day to do it.

  4. “The beauty and the wonder of the word.” The hymn that even my little students asked to sing,
    “This is My Father’s World”…and to my listening ears, all nature sings and round me rings, the music of the spheres….of rocks and trees of skies and seas, His hand the wonders wrought.”
    This is My Father’s World. He shines in all that’s fair. In rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere.
    Oh lovely Lord of Creation. Even though mankind has polluted and defaced Your glorious creation, the awesome beauty and order of it is
    still evident on the face of the earth, despite the descecration in certain places. Thank You God for All Things Bright and Beatiful.

  5. Each day there is so much to do and so little time. I just thank you God that you are so wonderful that
    I want to see all the places you have made.
    I want to see each season unfold
    I want to write about you
    I want to talk about you
    I want others to know of your goodness and kindness
    I want to clean my part of world or at least try
    I want to know everything about plants and animals here
    I want to read books others write to praise you
    Books about real life situations and how people approach life
    Read about their joys, pains, and going through life
    I want to help a child on his/her way become what God’s wants for them.
    I want to sit with my dog and enjoy your Word
    I want to do it all this day
    Patience says, a little at a time.

    God, thus I thank you for your faithfulness
    I thank you for enabling me to be healthy
    And to do all things – maybe not all at once
    Thank you for the garden that you have placed me in.
    May I stand and withstand in that garden and enjoy the
    sweet fragrance all around
    May I become a beautiful flower that others may see that God has
    honed through life’s trials and made into a gentler flower who
    humbles herself before others and her King Jesus.

  6. As I pondered a little more on Mr. Burroughs’ thoughts, I thought, careful or greed could become my middle name. And, Sara, give yourself a caution or apathy could become your surname.

    Neither are appropriate for the Kingdom of God. God gave only ONE thing to the world that all should enjoy and that is His Word giving us a plan of hope and directives on what to read, where to go and how to live each day to the fullest. This Book of His Word also gives warnings when we don’t obey the rules He has given us. The many books, sights and sounds all around us are for all to use for the purpose of telling and explaining the plan that involves only ONE that we should entangle ourselves with.

    The Apostle Paul gave an instruction to one of his students telling him, hey there, Tim, “Soldiers on duty don’t work at outside jobs. They try only to please their commanding officer.” 2 Timothy 2:4 (CEV) Now, read The Message’s take on Paul and Timothy. “A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain.”

    I am feeling a little better now because I know I will not be able to and don’t believe I should be able to do everything. Some things have to be left for others to do. But, I pray and hope I will do my thing well!

  7. Thank you Sara for your thoughts to ponder and bringing our purpose as soldiers of the cross into focus. The wisdom in your last comment helps show and remind me of a quote my mother said to me if I got too involved in too many things that were not mine to be involved in…’don’t bite off more than you can chew’. And my grandmother, who was a very focused lady and whose favorite hymn she sang to me was ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’, warned me with this quote…’If a task has once begun. Never leave it till it’s done. Be the labor great or small. Do it well or not at all. ‘

  8. I read this in my daily devotions today. “I will answer them before they even call to Me…” (Isaiah 65:24, NLT).” God knows your needs before you even speak them. He wants to provide for you and answer the very desires of your heart. When you put Him first in everything you do, when you faithfully follow His commands, He’ll pour out an extra portion of His goodness and favor upon you.

    Don’t ever think God is too busy to answer your prayers. Don’t ever think your needs are too small, or that you don’t matter. He cares about everything that concerns you, and He loves to hear you call upon His name. ”

    The thoughts of this writer sure minimizes my little hop-to-it busy schedule. I need to just get on God’s schedule and allow the Holy Spirit to direct me steps. Allow Jesus The Christ to bring His Kingdom to earth. “Your kingdom come Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. “

  9. Oh Sara, What a wonderful “thought to ponder”. I totally agree with John Burroughs. I have often said,” I wish I had a few more hours to finish what I had to do. I know that I would just fill those few hours up and I would still have lots to do. God’s time is perfect. Sara stated “God knows your needs before you even speak them.” What a wonderful statement to stand on through this busy season. Waiting on God to fill our needs. Focusing on God’s Son’s Birth with peace in our hearts and minds. Praise Him! Thank you, Sara

  10. In re-writing some verses for a Christmas song entitled…WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS, I added another verse…
    “For we need a little glory
    Right this very minute
    We need the Christmas story
    And keeping Jesus in it
    The Christ child in the stable
    At our Christmas table
    We need a little Christmas..NOW!

    Yes, we need the Christ with us every minute. The birth of Christ in our hearts means that He is with us whether Best Buy says Merry Christmas or not. Too late! He is born, the divine CHILD.

  11. ” Pope Benedict has expressed hope that the financial crisis will help people focus on the spiritual meaning of Christmas, when Christians worldwide mark the birth of Jesus.

    Benedict says the crisis can help people to rediscover what he calls “the warmth, simplicity, friendship and solidarity” contained in authentic Christmas values.”

  12. The three wisemen sought Christmas Himself…and they found Him, presenting their gifts to Him. That can serve as an example to us to make sure our focus is on the reason for Christmas and for spending and giving.

    “Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
    Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. ” Isaiah 55:2

    “Seek the LORD while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6

  13. Memories

    I find that I look to the past,
    Each day a little more.
    And to the future less and less,
    To things that lie in store.

    Now looking up ahead I see
    There’s simply not much time for me.

    And I confess, sometimes I feel,
    Self centered sympathy.
    And often I have questioned God,
    Why is this so with me?

    Why is it that He willed it so?
    That we so soon, do older grow.

    Why has our God permitted time,
    To steal from you and me,
    And make us painfully aware,
    Of our mortality?

    As all those days of youth slipped by,
    And left us all to wonder why.

    But then the veil lifts from my eyes,
    Allowing me to see,
    That He who took my youth away,
    Has left me memories.

    For all these memories I’ve made,
    For youth again – I would not trade.

    For I but need to close my eyes,
    Against all sights and din.
    And use this precious gift of God,
    And live it all again.

    I thank my God for all of these,
    These precious, priceless memories.

    William R. Waterman, Sr
    May 1999

  14. Bill, thanks for reminding us of precious memories. Christmas is such a warm wonderful time to think and share our memories. I love the way you share through poetry. I shared one of your poems with a good friend of mine from childhood that is not computer savvy. I asked her daughter to print out for her and she did. My friend told me today that she was carrying your poem around in her purse and had others (including her other daughter) she wanted to share your poem with. She said she could not read without tears.

    Happy New Year!

  15. “Memories are not taught they are caught,” is a thought I have been thinking. Memories seem to be mental images of life that we hold so near to our heart. I at times wonder are we in today’s generation throwing the gift of ‘memories’ to be caught by the younger generations that they will hold near and dear to their hearts. It will give them light and warmth when the memory marker is hid behind a veil.

  16. The verse in your poem Bill “And make us painfully aware,
    Of our mortality” lets us know just how little time we have to give the ‘gift of memories’ that Sara writes of. How important every action, every word, every deed we do to those around us because it does make a memory. And we want them to be memories that bring health, help and wholeness to all who are touched by them.

  17. We are the memories of someone elses tomorrows! WOW!!!!! I think of my Mom a lot of the Christmas season as she was such a crafter and we were all involved in the process. My Christmas tree is decorated with crocheted snowflakes and bells, quilted balls, communion cups with doves and candles to delight. Jeweled candles, candy canes, and shooting stars. A wonder to behold packed with memories of days to quickly gone by. When my brother and sister came up they looked the tree over very carefully and they to remembered when. Somehow they had a few more that I didn’t know. The church bags that were given to every member were given peanut brittle by my Dad each year and Vacation Bible School was furnished with ice cream by him to all our delight. Mom furnished flowers from her garden which I helped her to arrange. What fond memories to close your eyes and go back in time for a moment or two. Thank you Mr. Waterman for such a beautiful poem.

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