Thursday, February 15, 2007


As I drive around the Panhandle, there is a lot of optimism. There are ethanol plants being built and dairies going in. Houses are springing up around Amarillo like a new corn crop in June. Farmers are excited about the new markets for their crops -- especially corn for making ethanol. The recent moisture even has the cattlemen optimistic about the pasture this spring. When we get a little warmth, the wheat pasture will shoot up overnight and the spring grasses won't be far behind.

You can tell the sun is shining today by the tone of this post. The temperature shot from zero to nearly thirty in about five hours! The snow is melting and people are moving about again.

Isn't it amazing what the sunshine can do for your mood? When you're stuck inside because of the weather -- or if you're working out in it -- you are quickly worn down. But, when the sun comes out and the birds start singing, life seems suddenly much better. I wonder what that tells us about human nature.

When we walk in the darkness, it is as though we carry a weight on our shoulders. When we step into the light, that load is lifted from us. We all need a regular dose of light. "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

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