Give Me That Mountain

Identity

Day two...

Who is this creep running around in my body? Who is this jerk, impersonating me?

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Identity

Day three...

“Somebody has to be the grown‐up!”

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Identity

Day four...

I'd rather go to the timber for exercise than go to the gym. And I've piled a lot of brush and tree limbs over the years. As I've tried to stack this unruly stuff so I could burn it, I've also tangled myself in the mess—throwing glasses, caps, gloves, earplugs, parts of my shirts, and chunks of my hide into these sometimes huge piles. Needless to say, there's always plenty of opportunity to have a little temper tantrum.

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Identity

Day five...

Do you suppose Adam and Eve are in something like a witness protection program in Heaven? Sherrel was joking around about the possibility… as we were talking, one day, about what it must have been like to live in the Garden of Eden.

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Identity

Day six...

Ten‐year high school class reunions have a reputation for a lot of “look what I've done” conversations. And there's nothing more satisfying than to find out you are doing better than the class president is.

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Identity

Day seven...

Here in the U.S. an entire industry exists to find, sign, and develop athletes for the nation's professional sports teams. These male and female athletes are identified by their performance, and anything less than their best is not tolerated for long.

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Joy

Day one...

“Mike! Don't spoil your appetite!” Mom would yell, as I ran out the back door with as many cookies as my little hands could hold. But my appetite for cookies, fresh out of the oven, was bigger than my appetite for pot roast, corn‐on‐the‐cob, green beans, and whatever else Mom might be fixing for supper.

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Joy

Day two...

True joy cannot be experienced alone. The pursuit of happiness is not a solo activity. To get away from people by sitting down with your favorite book, watching your favorite movie, playing your favorite video game… even though you may be alone physically, you are not alone. You are interacting with the characters in your imagination.

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Joy

Day three...

When my daughter was a little girl she liked to play the card game Uno. I remember the night she had beaten me seven straight games. As I carried her upstairs to bed she twisted around to put her face in front of mine and said, “Don't woowry Daddy; you'll get bedder.”

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Joy

Day four...

Just like with money, we want to have as much joy saved up as we possibly can… so we can spend it whenever we need it, without having to worry about where to get it. So, why don't these times of joy, like we talked about yesterday, last for at least a few days?

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