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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON NC
  • Writer's pictureDr. Jim Baldwin

Hunkered Down Homilies – Forever

a newly installed piece of a concreate sidewalk

In the 1970s, Gilda Radnor introduced a character known as Roseanne Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live.  Roseanne was a television reporter who spoke in a nasal voice and said annoying – and hilarious – things.  Her most famous quote was, “It just goes to show ya.  It’s always something.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”


Roseanne may have been talking about home ownership.  It seems there is always something breaking or leaking or sagging that needs attention.  And money.


We have lived in our house in Wallace for almost 20 years.  The entire house was remodeled just before we moved in, which means that everything in the house is now 20 years old.  We have been very fortunate to have had very few major issues over the years, but it may be catching up with us.  Last year we moved the water heater out of the attic BEFORE it became an issue.  We recently had a new post installed to correct a sagging corner of the roof.  We poured a new section of our sidewalk that was damaged when a tree fell during the last hurricane.  I didn’t have to consult a palm reader to hear, “I see a new roof and refrigerator in your near future.”  Roseanna Roseannadanna was right, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”


I have noticed some of the same dynamics happening with the physical house we call our bodies.  There are sections that begin to sag and other places that need replacement parts.  Many of my peers now have to have a note from their doctor just to get past the metal detectors at the airport.


I find a lot of comfort in Paul’s words, “So we aren’t depressed.  Even if our bodies are breaking down on the outside, the person that we are on the inside is being renewed every day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 CEB)  It is important to take care of our physical bodies.  It is even more important to make sure we are feeding our souls and tending to that part of us that is a dwelling place for the Spirit of God.  Our bodies are designed to take us through our time on earth.


Our spirits are designed for eternity.


Dr. Jim Baldwin



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