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Living Life on Autopilot

 June 21, 2017
Dear Friends,

I was in Norwich and driving through the city as I made my way to the Backus Hospital.  
I was enjoying the ride.  Lots of good memories came flooding back to me.  As I approached
Chelsea Parade I put on my blinker to make a turn that I had made a thousand times.

Without really thinking about what I was doing and where I was going, my brain had taken
over.  I was on automatic pilot.  As I sat at the light, my brain just assumed that I was
heading to Lincoln Avenue and going home.  I had to laugh.

Here is the problem.  First, I wasn't planning on going home.  Second, I don't live there
anymore. We moved out of that house a year ago.  That didn't seem to matter to my
brain.  Somewhere deep inside my head, my brain was working overtime as I was thinking
about other things.

Some people might attribute these episodes to senior moments.  Not me.  I think of senior
moments as those occasions when you head into the kitchen to get something and forget
why you went in there.  I've had those and believe me, you can tell the difference.

These moments show that your brain actually tries to make life easier.  Scientists call it
habitual learning.  The more you do something, the easier it becomes.  Eventually you
can do it without even thinking about it.  It is especially true when it is associated with
good memories.

As I turned off my blinker and drove straight ahead, I thought of Proverbs 22:6, "Train
up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."  The
truth is that many of us have been blessed by the lessons we learned from the Bible.

I think we owe it to our children and grandchildren to share our love of God with them.  
We need to tell them the stories of Moses, Esther, David Peter, Mary and the other
heroes of our faith. These stories reveal the fact that God has a plan and that He is
in control.  

Take it from me. It doesn't matter how old you are.  It is easy to get sidetracked in
life and forget where you are headed.  Yet for those who have a foundation of faith,
there's a built in autopilot that will be there to help them find the way home.

God bless!  See you in church.

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