01 Aug

The highway honker

I recently experienced the mishap of a hitch pulling loose from my tow bar while pulling a trailer on a busy street.

Argh… stress city!

As I turned on my hazard lights I jumped out as I tried my best to hurry and not get smashed by traffic.

About that time, an old fella came blazing through pounding on his car horn.

I thought to myself, “What a jerk. Can’t he see I am in a tough spot here?”

As I got back on the road I saw the happy horn honker up ahead. I pushed on the accelerator and thought, “I’ll show him what it feels like to have a large truck with a cattle guard honking on his hind end as he pokes down the highway.”

The closer I got, a little reminder passed through my mind, “Isn’t your word for 2020, unoffendable?”

“Why yes it is, but this guy needs to learn a lesson about compassion and mercy that I am certain he needs, after 80 plus years of existence. I am about to deliver the intimidation guaranteed to facilitate such change due to my formidable and slightly forceful influence,” I thought to myself as his vanity plate came into view.

About the time I was about to lay on the horn and crush his bumper, I was reminded about perspective.

Was this old coot trying to give me a piece of his mind by blowing the bugle on his buggy or, just maybe, was he trying to save my life?

What if I had stepped back into traffic about the time he came driving past? What then?

My heart sank. He wasn’t trying to hurt me, he was trying to help me by sounding a much needed warning!

Oh man, what a life lesson. How many times has someone tried to help me and I reacted in such a way as to rebuff their loving rebuke?

How many times have others, by remaining silent, allowed me to stumble and fall into more harm than good?

As I drove past the unnamed ordinary neighborhood angel, I offered him a smile and a prayer of thanks for being the hometown unsung honking hero that spared the younger buck more trouble than he was prepared to endure.

Life is about perspective. It is easy to think the worst when in fact we might just be being spared from it.

My hope is now to follow the example of the highway honker and to start tooting my horn with a happy heart in hopes of paying it forward down the road of life.

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31 Jul

What is your highest goal?

With all that is going on in the world I think I have found the solution to all that ails us.

I believe a simple four letter word holds the key to what we are hoping for.

I’m starting to see a pattern here. How about you?

“One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-31 NLT

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

“Three things will last forever— faith, hope, and love— and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT

“Let love be your highest goal!” – 1 Corinthians 14:1a NLT

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25 Jul

How far from home?

How far have you been from home?

I discovered the “measure distance” feature on Google Maps today.

I have been at least 9,224 miles from home as I spent time in Blantrye, Malawi in Africa. Crazy!

I have been to Pretoria, South Africa as well. I was certain it was further. It was almost the same distance but not quite. I was surprised.

Thinking of all this made me think of times I have drifted in my faith. I’ve been pretty far away at times but just like when I travel far from home, I have always felt loved when I make it back to God’s loving arms.

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20 May

Through me?

In Acts 14 it is clear that Paul and Barnabus had been through some rough times.

I love what verse 27 says when we read that they reported all that God had done through them.

When I let that sink in it gets my attention.

What has God done through me lately?

It is pretty humbling.

Then I remember, I am his hands and feet and when I have done unto the least of these I have done unto him.

Done what?

Love.

It is easy to think we have to do something grandiose.

But Jesus made it simple.

Love God.

Love others.

Love yourself.

Let’s not over complicate it.

Let’s love somebody today and when we do, like Paul and Barnabus, we will soon be reporting what all God has done through us!

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17 May

Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!

I’m not sure when it started, but not too long ago I found myself checking the news on my smartphone several times throughout the day.

Of late, I have come to realize that my self induced media saturation has had an impact on my mindset.

Throughout history news tended to be an update on what had actually happened in recent days. Time had a way of shaking out the facts and elevating what would ultimately shape our perspective, decision making and outlook on life.

Much of today’s news is instant, reactionary and conjecture. It shoots from the hip and dances around as full fledged propaganda. It has become more commentary than reporting. It plays in the hypothetical more than reality. Reading the news has become exhausting as our minds try to decipher between truth and misinformation, better known as bald-faced lies. Who knows what to believe anymore? Spin wins as unbiased reporting has become a thing of the past.

We certainly have a responsibility to be aware of current events and to consider how what was might impact what is and what is to come.

I am determined to participate in a much more regulated media diet. I believe returning to more of a weekly summary of all that makes the world go round might be the way to go. Time with the “Sunday Paper” is starting to have real appeal as I release on my grab-and-go gusto for news.

Certainly the spin will still be present. Bias and a desire to influence my thinking won’t give way and the advertisements will forever be a mainstay. But something tells me my mindset, attitude and perspective on life might actually improve as I consider focusing more on living and less on all the scuttlebutt. That might be newsworthy in and of itself!!!!

When it comes to the news and media, I can’t help but think that less might actually lead to more, more living, more loving, more laughing and a whole lot less worry.

Who’s with me? Let’s kick the scuttlebutt!