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    by Melissa Mathews

Date Posted: February 21, 2010

"…It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity
when the excellent lies before us."
--Isaac D'Israeli, 1834

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I'm not that old, but the school I graduated from was so small (and underfinanced) that we learned to type on manual typewriters—the kind where you develop muscles in your fingers that you didn't know you had--the kind of typewriter where you pushed a silver bar to "return" the carriage to the beginning of the next line. Mrs. McKinney wouldn't let us use the four electric typewriters (that we shared) until we could type on the manual ones.

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I never thought it would happen, but it did get easier. I could actually type words without looking at the keyboard.

The man can run. The man can run. The man's hand has sand.

And now, when I sit down at the computer, my fingers seem disconnected from my brain. I wonder how they know what they are doing. I couldn't map out a keyboard if you paid me 100 bucks. I don't know where the letters are, yet my fingers do.

It's kind of like learning a new habit- keeping the kitchen clean, for instance. That was part of my New Year's resolution in 2004. And low and behold, a mere 365 days later, I had it looking just the way I wanted. (There's nothing like a deadline.) The first time I put EVERYTHING away and wiped off ALL the counters, I felt like I had run 12 miles. But now, it's been (mostly) that way for 49 days, and I'm not even sure when I clean it. (hmm, maybe Scott is cleaning it?!)

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My name is Melissa Goijns
My name is Melissa Goins.

Or the first time I decided to be more patient with my kids. It took all the self-control I had plus some of Scott's. And now, patience and quiet words are almost (I said almost) second nature.

Paul puts it this way. "…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us…" Romans 5:3-5.

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There's hope to be more like Christ than we were yesterday.

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Biography Information:
I'm a preacher's kid, pastor's wife, and southern belle who married a Southern California boy. Can you say 'culture clash?' Scott and I have four boys - Max, Mark, Jackson, and Grant who keep us busy with homework and sports.

Scott and I have been married 22 years and currently live in Northern California where we are beginning year five as church planters. I also teach 12th grade English and love it.

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