For two seasons, I was in charge of everything in the house. Oil needing ordering, I ordered it. Water softener needing servicing, I did it. Even all the wood that need to be stacked, I stacked.
Then, more of the men were home again for one last summer together but stacking wood never became a priority for any of us partly because we were having too much fun when work day was done.
Stacking the wood was on the list for one to do before heading back to school. I was even going to pay him but no go. Another was preparing for a half marathon so no go for him too. And son 1 was busy finishing his thesis and preparing for his move overseas, so wood stacking was low priority.
I wanted it stacked in the summer so it could dry out well or by latest September since it hadn’t been covered and was just sitting in mulch on the driveway. It didn’t happen.
October I stacked about a cord but there were still 2 equally considerably sized piles to stack which were at least another 2 or more cords.
The thing is it doesn’t take long, it is just making the time to get it done, but it was low on the totem pole last summer.
For the previous years, I solicited help: neighbors, friends’ kids, and our church family. This year I assumed with more family around it would get done likety split.
When that didn’t happen, I had a choice. I could get mad or I could do something about it.
I choose the latter and choose not to complain, be upset, or let that wood rot any longer.
So, I employ you to do the same.
Don’t complain, don’t get upset if your time line doesn’t happen. Just don’t let that wood rot.
When we let things fester or procrastinate tasks, it is like that stinky, rotten wood that will return to dust instead of its intended use to warm the house.
So, I got stacking. I didn’t feel right about asking others to come alongside now that there were more able bodies at home. So, I just did it.
I stacked one cord, then for another 1/2 cord, I had some help and together we finished off one pile in just over an hour. I told you it doesn’t take long to do. All you have to do is make the time.
The issue was it was getting later in the fall and the rain kept coming. Without warm summer days to dry the wood fully out again, it was getting in gross shape.
The moral of the story is this: start sooner rather than later.
If the wood had been stacked by end of September, I wouldn’t have been dealing with a rotting wood pile that we paid good money for back in the spring.
My mom always said : “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today!”
And that is great advice to live out.
So what is ‘rotting’ in your life? Is there something you have been putting off that just needs to get done? How about putting it in your calendar and get ‘er done!
Let me sign off so I can go stack some more wood and burn the rest of that nasty pile before warmer days are upon us.
“...whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10.31
“Do everything without complaining or arguing” Philippians 2.14
When we apply those verses daily, we will…
to all those around us.
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