Archive for November, 2013

Location, Location, Location

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A while back Cathy chipped one of her front teeth.  I tried to console her by telling her it was no problem, she was making too big a deal out of it, it was hardly noticeable and she shouldn’t worry about it.  Sometimes I guess I don’t know when to shut up. A few days later I was having lunch with a friend at the Cheese Cake Factory and I also chipped a front tooth. God surely has a sense of humor.   Suddenly, I recalled how Cathy’s chipped tooth was no big deal.  Yet, the hole in my number one incisor felt big enough to hold about two-thirds of what was left of my burger.  I obsessed over it for two days until I got to the dentist.

Our neighbor was upset because she found dog poop in her yard. I thought she was making a mountain out of a mole hill. The next day as I was mowing our grass, I stepped into a fresh pile. Suddenly my neighbor’s reaction made more sense. FYI: We do not own a dog! Whether we are talking cracked pearly whites, dog poop or anything in between a great deal of how we react to life is simply a matter of location isn’t it?

In a Word

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

This morning, in the steam room at the “Y”, I was talking with songwriter Alex Harvey (Delta Dawn, Reuben James) who is one of the more interesting and knowledgeable men whom I know. Alex seldom lets an opportunity past that he does not give Jesus Christ honor and glory for all that is good in his life. As we discussed topics ranging from the Twelve Tribes of Israel to audience reactions to live music, Alex made the comment that, “If a person loves as Jesus told us we should, then that person would never break any of the Ten Commandments. It is all about that one word, ‘love’”. I have never heard the truth of Jesus’ injunction to love God and love people put more powerfully or simply.

If each of us chose to do that one thing between now and Christmas, our lives and the lives of countless others would never be the same. Relationships would be healed, hearts would be mended, evil would be erased, pride would morph into humility and we would cease being Christians (and others) in name only. On top of all that, we might have the best Christmas ever.

Something to think about