Rev. Sheldon Peterson was the Minister at the North Ontario United Methodist Church for many years. He passed away a few years ago. Grandma and I were faithful members, and attended almost every Sunday when we lived in Ontario, and we would try to go there when we visited family and friends in the summers.
One of the last times I saw Shel, I reminded him of my favorite sermon. He was pleased to know.
The sermon was titled "In The Meantime", and dealt with the question of how we were to spend out time on Earth until we met our maker. What will we do in the meantime - between birth and death?
The same question can be asked of any situation. For instance, what will you do in the meantime between signing in at the Doctor's office and when you get to talk with him? What will you do in the meantime while you are standing in line at the check-out counter? What will you do in the meantime while waiting for the traffic light to turn green? What will you do in the meantime while waiting for your child to be toilet trained? What will you do in the meantime while waiting for your daughter/son to come home from their first date? All those little "in the meantimes" add up to a description of our character. I hope the pluses in my ledger outnumber the minuses.