Getting Ahead: ‘Closing the door behind you’


By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist



Doors are necessary in every structure that requires access and egress. Their size and shape is determined by whatever needs to pass through them. In a house the doors are sized for passage of people and furniture. Most people will, almost always, enter and leave their house through the same door.

In our house we use the side door that enters through our sun room. Our sun room is an enclosed porch so it is not a heated or air conditioned space. It is cold in the winter and hot in the summer but it does help make the transition from the outdoors to the indoors.

The door from our sunroom into our home opens into our family room where I sit with my feet up in the greatest invention known to man; a recliner. The name says it all; recliner! When I sit down in my recliner with my feet up, something happens; I enter into a state of relaxation that can very quickly lead to a nap.

The problem is that the door from our sunroom into our family room is right by my recliner. Many times our grandchildren burst through the door and do not close it as they run in. They are so fast and their laughing so loud that they do not hear me as I react to the cold air in the winter and the hot air in the summer that is totally destroying my recliner experience. I have found that if I am going to continue in recliner bliss, I have to get up and close that door.

Just as a structure has doors that allow things in and out, so does our life. Could it be that we are just sitting in the recliner of life with our feet up and we, or others, have left the door open? How uncomfortable do we need to become before we get up and close the door? Or, is it possible that we are taking a nap and do not know that the door has been left open? How do we recognize the doors in our life that need to be closed? After we recognize the door had been left open, how do we have the desire to leave our recliner and close it?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Library for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 W. Court St. in Washington Court House.

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By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist