TITLE: An Inventory
By Mary MacKinnon
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At 86 years of age I look around my home to discover how many different interests I have. The pantry is loaded with canned goods, ready for a culinary splurge, my bookcases are bursting with books of many kinds, some unread still, others read for the fifth or sixth time, but all with special affection from me. I worry, or should say, I wonder, what will happen to my books when I go home to heaven. They are mostly in English and I’m in a foreign country where most people don’t speak English. I have a few friends who would read them, but they too have many books and maybe aren’t desirous of more.
For the writing I want to do, my books are invaluable. I have a set of the Great Books of the Western World, which I received in total surprise as a gift from the publishers. I have a history set by Will and Ariel Durant, which supplies much background when I do research. Two dictionaries, a thesaurus and two good quotation books, a Writer’s handbook, a style manual, about eight or ten Bible translations, a Strong’s concordance, two systematic theology books, Josephus, and the classic on Revelation, Apocalipse by Seiss. These are my basic interests in my books, but I have countless volumes of the Reader’s Digest Condensed books, which give me a broad spectrum of novels. In other words, I am certainly well equipped in spite of living on the western frontier of Brazil which was jungle when we came here a little over forty years ago.
What other interests do I have? Browsing the Internet is filling much of my time these days and I find there is no end to the information I can get there, to supplement what I have in my books. I even find whole books there and have read a couple of them.
As for deep interests, I am a people person. I enjoy my friends, but can’t talk much by telephone as my voice gets too raspy. I have one friend who has many mutual friends and when she comes to visit, we go through the list and I catch up on what everyone is doing. I used to enjoy being hostess but now my energy doesn’t hold out to prepare a meal, serve it and entertain. I do little of that anymore. But I don’t enjoy people any less.
But I’m omitting one of my main interests. I have four word games on the computer, thoroughly enjoy them, and usually play them several times a day. When I’m tired they relax me. What I lack energy to get going, they help spark me.
These paramenters are fairly limited. Nothing physical at all. I hardly leave the house because I find walking too difficult.
My deepest interest of all is my relationship with my Saviour. Because of what He did for me, my life has meaning, and no end. Because of what He did, my husband went to heaven when he left me, and is waiting there for me. Whatever my other interests are, I want them all to focus on this one, to be a light to others to show them the way to the Lord and eternal life. Because of this, writing has become one of the main thrusts in my life, so I can achieve this goal.
This deepest interest of all, my relationship with the Lord Jesus, will only grow in depth through the ages ahead when I see Him in person and learn about all He does and has done. He’s not only the reason for the season, as they say at Christmas time, He’s the reason for living.
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