Archive for August, 2013


Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A while back the mother of all toothaches paid an unwelcome visit to one of my molars. For reasons unknown I waited nearly a day before calling my dentist. Doc immediately phoned in a prescription for an antibiotic, but since I was at work I waited several more hours before picking up the meds. By that time the infection was on its way to becoming a big deal.

The next morning when I looked in the mirror it was pretty scary. The left side of my face  looked like a golf ball was wedged between my cheek and gum. I stayed home moaning and groaning for a couple of days, but in time the swelling and pain abated and I went on with my normal routine which included speaking at our Sunday church service.

On the way home from church Cathy, my wife, and the brains of the family commented that she had been really worried that I might not have been able to do the message because of the toothache.  I immediately responded, “Oh, I never doubted that I could speak. I knew I could do that; what worried me was all that swelling. I was afraid of how I looked”.  No sooner had those words left my lips that my pride alarm started dinging.

I don’t know about you, but my pride has a way of sneaking up on me.

Something to Think About


Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

A few weeks back my six year old grandson, Hudson, and I were taking a rest from our “farm work” to do a bit of whittling, using a couple of quite dull pocketknives.  As we sat beside the creek bank under a walnut tree, I explained in great detail that whenever he used a knife that he should always cut away from his body. He got it. He carefully cut away and a lesson was learned.  Sometimes I can be a pretty good teacher. The following Friday afternoon as I was repairing an extension cord, I was using a rather sharp pocketknife to trim the end of the new plug. The knife slipped and gave me a gash that required four stitches. The second I saw the blood, my mind flashed back to our conversation under the walnut tree. That night Hudson looked me in the eyes and said, “Paw-Paw you should never cut toward yourself”.

Talk is easy. The doing is the hard part. Throughout the New Testament Jesus gives us much “under the walnut tree” advice: Do not commit adultery,  lie, cheat, hate, envy, worry, make stuff too important,  hold onto grudges, etc. Jesus was also very clear about some things we should do: Love and forgive everybody, including the people who have done you wrong. Make God the only god in your life. Be humble, merciful,  honest, reconciling, etc.

When we ignore any of Jesus’ wisdom, we are always cutting toward ourselves and it is only  a matter of time until the ouch will come. Yet, there is no injury you have ever inflicted on yourself or someone else that Jesus can’t repair with his stitches of grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Something to Think About

Other Folks

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Each year I hear the hype but never see much. This year was no exception. Either it is too cloudy, the moon is too bright or I am too lazy. I am referring to the Perseid meteor shower. The times that I looked I did not see anything  at all to write home about.

In a radio interview Dr. Edgar Mitchell, one of the NASA Apollo 14 astronauts and moon walker, who took a nine hour stroll on the moon in 1971 casually stated that, because of his status with NASA, he has information from reliable sources, both in and out of government, that earth has been visited by beings from another world. His demeanor in the radio interview was pretty much nonchalant.

He went on to say that world governments are now in the midst of a pre-planned process of acknowledging the visits which have occurred for at least the last sixty years. He seemed to insinuate that the Pope’s announcement a few years back that it is OK for Catholics to believe in extraterrestrial life is a part of the process.   He predicted that before long life in the universe other than here on earth will be an officially acknowledged fact. This guy may be the biggest nutcase around, but he sounded credible to me. But as my wife has said many times I’m the most naive guy on the planet —- earth that is.

So what?  What if Dr. Mitchell is correct? What if some public official, in the not too distant future, stands before a bank of cameras and states that we are not alone?  How would that change life as you know it?  I’m not sure it will change much of anything, but it does cause some wondering on my part.

Here are a few of my musings: Where did they come from? Do they have extreme political parties?  Do they cry?  Do they laugh? Do they all speak the same language? Do they have versions of the NFL, the Internet, the iPhone and Diet Coke? Do they have a drug problem? Do they both love and hate? Are they all the same color? Do they fight wars with each other? Are they selfish? Do they lie, cheat and steal?  Do they betray people who love them? How do they feel about us? Who is in charge up there? Do they believe in God?  On that last one, l sure  hope that they do.

Monkeys and Lies

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In February of 2009 I wrote the following: Unless you have been away on a safari for the last few weeks you are aware that baseball great Alex Rodriguez, three-time American League MVP and baseball’s highest paid player, became the latest sports hero to come clean by admitting that he had lied about illegal drug use.

A-Rod finally acknowledged what he had consistently denied — that he had in fact taken steroids for a three year period starting in 2003.  Call me crazy, but last week as I watched him emotionally and painfully struggle to answer questions from a throng of reporters, I kind of felt sorry for the guy.  During an earlier ESPN interview he said something to the effect that it was good to finally have the ‘monkey’ off his back. 

Like so many others, for whatever reason, A-Rod willingly gave the monkey “back space” when he chose to live a lie. Folks do that for a multitude of reasons; none good. 

There are five truths about lies and monkeys: 

1…One lie always leads to another. 

2…Liars need really good memories.

3…Sooner or later the truth always comes out.

4…Monkeys tend to be very messy. 

5…It is never too late to clean up.

More often than not people seem to be pretty forgiving when liars come clean; God always is.”

In light of the news this week about A-Rod I will add one more:

6…A Narcissistic liar can look you in the eyes when he’s lying without a tinge of guilt.

Something to think about