I really love working, building, creating, challenge, and achievement. I love to be able to stand back at the end of the day, look at what I have achieved with my own hands and mind, and be able to say, "By the grace of God, I did that." That is an incredibly wonderful feeling.
I have been feeling a little better each year for about 3 or 4 years now. It isn't much improvement but it is improvement and I am thankful for every little bit I get.
A few years ago, I was doing better enough that I decided to try to grow some food plants, you know, mostly fun stuff like watermelons, cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries. I didn't have the health to do the job right so I tried some short cuts hoping they would work but it is tough to get plants to grow in this brutal desert when doing everything right.
Of course, I only got very limited success but it was still wonderful beyond description. It had been more than a decade since I could do anything with me constantly wanting to do just anything. I didn't get much more than a few melons and cucumbers I shared with others but I got to feel the soil give to my shovel, feel the dirt in my hands, and smell the dirt. It was wonderful, absolutely wonderful!
This year, I am feeling better enough that I decided to try to do it right. I planted earlier so the plants would have time to establish their roots before it gets hot and dry so they can pull more water from the soil, which requires more work to protect the plants on cooler days and nights. I have planted seeds in little seed pots to plant in the ground later, transplanted indigenous vegetation (weeds), including a small cactus some bird crapped in my yard as a seed, for decor, it is hard work and I have to be extremely careful to pace myself, only working a little and resting a lot, but I am in PARADISE! I am WORKING and I LOVE it! It is WONDERFUL! I missed it so much!
It is extremely limited work but it is work and work is good, fun, and rewarding. Oh, what I could do with just a normally healthy body; not the marathon athlete body I had before I got the virus, but just a normally healthy body. Oh, the fun I would have working, building, creating, and achieving. It would be magnificent!
Every time I sink the shovel into the ground, a thrill runs through my body because I am creating something good. Every time I work and manage the soil, a thrill runs through my body because I am creating something good. Every time I push a seed into the soil or plant a plant, put a little cow crap on it, and water it, a thrill runs through my body because I am creating something good. And it feels really great when those plants respond and grow.
I have to take aspirin at night to get to sleep because my body hurts but it is worth it. Every day, regularly throughout the day, I thank God for just the little improvement in my health that is making it possible for me to do just this limited work I have wanted to do for more than a decade.
I feel sorry for the lazy, pathetic lefties who have to steal everything because they are too lazy to earn anything. They will never know the joy and reward of creating something good with their minds and hands because all they can do is steal and plunder. I thank and praise God that I am not one of them so I can enjoy creating and building good things. All those pathetic lefties want to do is smoke dope, screw, and play. My work is my play and I love it.
I have been noticing that more people are learning a trade so they can also enjoy the wonderful feeling of achievement at the end of the day of hard work.
Since I was a little kid, I have heard Christians talk about how wonderful paradise with God will be because of the streets of gold, pearly gates, and the great mansion and I just can't see me sitting around grinning for eternity with nothing to do but be rich and spoiled by God.
My idea of paradise is to have a little farm and orchard with a little stream and pond where I can grow my own food and spend time with Jesus when He has some spare time from taking care of the rest of you. I could easily see me enjoying eternity working in God's good soil. If God wants to spoil me, He will give me a little farm with good soil in Paradise. That is my idea of paradise.
I don't need palaces, streets of gold, and pearly gates to be happy. I just need some good land, a healthy body, and God and I will be perfectly happy.
Before I got sick, there were other things I enjoyed like working with wood, working on my car, working on my bicycles, working on airplanes, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and cross country skiing. I used to love framing houses because I was building someone's home, where they would raise a family. I would love to build my own home and my own car...a hot rod. It would be fun to learn blacksmithing, welding, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, and flying, especially old planes. It would be fun to build a replica Fokker D7 with my own hands. There is just so much more to do in life than we have time to do it all.
Years ago, I heard a TV journalist say that they wouldn't want to live to be more than 100 years old because they would get bored and I thought, "You must be a really pathetic, boring person".
Listen, in eternity, I want to learn everything and do everything at least once...and then start over again. You just know that, on that little farm, I am going to build a little workshop where I will build a car, a plane, a sail boat, a kayak, a canoe, a bicycle, and who knows what else. It isn't like I will only have a few decades to get things built like here on Earth today. I will have forever to build anything and everything I want so I can take my time and do the job better. Hey, what is a few million years in eternity?
Hey, if you accept Jesus as your savior, you can drop by and we will chat while I build stuff and plant crops or maybe we can share a melon or some strawberries or go for a bike ride or a hike.
Think about it, eternity is plenty of time to build anything you want. That will be plenty of time to grow the trees, cut the trees, build a sawmill, cut the lumber, and build a replica of the frigate, the USS Constitution, by yourself or cut the stone and build a castle by yourself with plenty of eternity left over. Eternity is enough time to build everything at least once and still have plenty of eternity left over to go sightseeing to see all of the wonderful things God has created...and still have time to build everything again...and again.
So, if you accept Jesus as your savior, you are invited to drop by and help out, which will make it twice as much fun.
You just know that, after the first few million years, I will be my own yacht club with an entire fleet of sailing ships and boats. You know that we will have plenty of time to invent some really incredible stuff. In Paradise, eternity will be fun...in the Lake of Fire, not so much.
As a foot note, I got to enjoying the working with plants so much, I started hating coming back to the computer to read and write about the wickedness the evil people are doing so I neglected my work on this site for a few days. God made it very clear that, if He had not destroyed my health and finances with this illness, there is no way I would have spent the last few decades writing about the evil the upper class trash and their minions are doing to teach you the truth about them because I would have spent all of my time doing things.
Well, I got a wee bit behind on my reading, writing, and teaching you, including this essay, so God just spent the last two days making things really miserable with my planting so I would give up for today and return to finish the jobs He wants me to do BEFORE He will let me do more planting and other work.
God did that by causing a storm front to move in with heavy winds that were drying up all of my plants and making it really bad, undoing almost everything I had done, it was getting more and more frustrating so I had to get back inside to get out of the wind. This is the last of four essays God had me working on and I just completed today and the winds just died down.
Gee, what a coincidence. I guess I better do God's work first or I don't get to do my work.
Darn, I still have to read and write about the wickedness of the evil upper class trash to teach you people about them so God can use me to open your eyes to the truth. Well, OK, it is worth it to be able to work again.
Now, back outside because I got God's work done for today and can do my work. Happy Birthday to me because today, April 13th, is my 69th birthday.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.