Look! Out on the highway! It’s a sedan… it’s a van… No. It’s Superman! In his Office-Buggy! Faster than an interoffice fax, more powerful than a power lunch, able to accomplish great tasks and transactions on a single cell phone call. Who, disguised as John Aron, mild-mannered computer tech for a local school district , fights the unending battle for love, assistance, and the Jesus way!
I married Superman. My husband is a powerhouse of productivity. I’ve always known that. “Git ‘er done” is his mantra. He is not retired at 65, but still works six hours a day maintaining about 1200 computers in six different schools in our district. In his “off hours” he can often be found “fixing” someone’s computer over the phone. He doesn’t even need to be there. Yes. He is that good. When he’s not doing that, in addition to caring for this high maintenance wife, he’s maintaining our “golf course” lawns, as the neighbor’s refer to them, as well as our flowers, and making sure that the grounds of any of our physically limited neighbors, are all taken care of. No one escapes his caring heart. Superman declares to be the Champion of the Oppressed. John is the Champion of any one, needing any thing, at any time.
How does he accomplish twice as much, in half the time as most of us? I’ve been asking myself that for years. After all, Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time . . .” I want to learn his secret for “making the best use of the time.”
John’s precious Dad went to be with Jesus this last week, adding many responsibilities as executor of his estate, ie- property to sell, insurances to cancel, accounts to transfer, and the eventual dispersal of the estate. The list goes on.
One item is to sell an RV camper that has been on a lot for several years, in a Maine campground. The Lord worked it out well, with the owner of the campground agreeing to buy it and the accompanying “hillbilly shed” (built years ago, for his mom by none other than, of course, “Superman.”) A price was agreed upon. We only had to make the hour and a half trip over there yesterday, to drop off the keys and close the deal.
Wanna go for a little spin with us? Office-Buggy awaits! Hop in! I’ll ride in front with Superman, if you don’t mind. I don’t want to be rude or anything but, well, he’s mine! There’s plenty of room in the back with Queen Olivia, our precious white bichon frise. She’s a great traveling companion, whose delight is to make you happy. You’ll like her. She’ll scooch over when you get in, and settle in by “The File Box,” placed there by the driver’s side door for easy access. It’s really a great work environment. We have our cell phones for communication, our cup holders for coffee, our calendar books, and of course, we’re a pet friendly office, as you can see. So buckle up! We are about to show you what real “wheelin’ and dealin’ ” is. Up, up, and away!
“On the road again . . .” ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ I can hear Willie Nelson already. Great Scott!
We’re not too far down the highway when John gets involved in several calls in an attempt to arrange an appointment in Southern NH to transfer dad’s IRA. We will be there on Monday, meeting with attorneys, so we want to arrange it for then. Complications arise when the agency we’re calling is not answering their phones. Our call is repeatedly transferred to their agency in another city. This whole scenario involves a few phone calls back and forth between agencies throughout the day. In the midst of it all, one of Superman’s hearing aid batteries dies. (OOPS, I think I just disclosed a well kept secret of Superman’s). Well, I’ll just have to trust you with it, now. It’s just another one of those things that makes him super! In the back of my head I hear a confident voice saying, “This looks like a job for Superman!” So we stop at a drug store to pick up new batteries. We head out of the parking lot, back onto the street. Now I shouldn’t share this and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but, riding down the road, I glanced over at him, and he had already changed the battery and things were back to normal. Yes. He IS a multi-tasker! So after having lunch in the car we arrive at the campground, make sure all the keys work, and say a fond farewell to the camper. We thank God for years of good times spent there, and head over to find Ron, the buyer, to give him the keys. While I keep company with Olivia in Office-Buggy, Ron and S-Man saunter over to us. S-Man receives the check in an envelope from Ron for the sale , and sets it in the seat beside me. I, a mere shadow of Lois Lane, give him a pen so that Ron can sign the bill of sale that S-Man has prepared. Transaction completed. All in the parking lot of the campground. And we’re off! Faster than . . . More powerful than . . .
On the road again . . . ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ Sing it Willie!
Down the highway a bit, the phone rings again. Someone needs an account number. “One moment please . . . ” Office Buggy pulls over – Superman jumps out, swings open the back door of the office suite and opens The File Box. “That account number is. . . ” Another transaction completed and we’re . . .
On the road again . . . ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬
Driving into our residential park, the agency we’ve waited all day on returns our call, saying that an appointment will not be needed to make the IRS transfer. “We can do that now, if you can give me the numbers . . .” “Why yes, Ma’am. Yes I can. One moment, please.” Office-Buggy pulls in and parks briefly at the bank of mail boxes. Superman again leaps out of the car and retrieves the needed numbers from The File Box, and another major transaction has been made.
All in a day’s work. Some say it’s nice to be able to do things without leaving home, but it’s also nice to not have to stay home to do them. Just once in a while. And you can do that if you happen to be married to Superman.
Yes, my husband does accomplish twice as much in half the time, but it’s because he makes the most of every single opportunity he has. Every moment counts and he uses each one wisely.
There are other verses in the Word of God that speak to the wise use of our time. God has given each of us only so many days on this earth. While we want to be productive with the time and resources God has granted to us here, we must also consider time from a spiritual perspective. Jesus said, “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.” (John 9:4) David pled, “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! …” (Psalm 39:4-5) And the Apostle Paul encourages us to, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” (Colossians 4:5) Most of us are surrounded every day of our lives by loved ones and others who need Jesus . May we see and seize every opportunity to point them to Him. Let’s not trifle away the time we have with those God puts on our path, on just the frivolous. Let’s make sure, that in whatever contact we have with them, they see Jesus. Every interaction is a “heavenly” opportunity. We may not be Superman, but ‘This looks like a job for us!”
That’s the view from here . . .