Archive | July, 2012

When words aren’t right

As a fellow who makes a living out of putting the right words together to get a message across, I have been reminded this week that simple words are not always best.

My dad was from the Old School from the Old Country. He didn’t say the words, “I love you” very much. It just really wasn’t installed in his vocabulary. But did he ever show his love! Not a week goes by I don’t think of ways he would demonstrate his love to Mom, Sis and my family. He left a great legacy of love with actions.

As time marches on, I will be having another birthday this week. To “celebrate” the occasion my in-laws went out of their way from the North Carolina beach on the way back to Atlanta to cook a low county boil (sausages, corn on the cob, shrimp, small potatoes) last night at the house. What a feast! I don’t mind getting older if they come with this meal each year!

But not much “I love you” was said in the last few days by them. I am not concerned, though. I would much rather be in a family that shows love rather than says “I love you” and not do anything about it. I am also grateful to be in my Heavenly Father’s family that not only says love but He has done something about it!

Thanks, Will!

Yesterday I was fortunate to preach at a local church. The pastor was out of town for some much needed vacation time. I was honored that he thought of me to fill in for him.

After the service more than one person came up to me to thank me for getting the points across in a simple understandable way. One mother said that even her 14 year teenager didn’t lose his attention during the sermon. With the temptation/competition of his cell phone during the service, I felt that I had made some inroads!

I gave some credit to the simplicity yesterday to my favorite orator, Will Rogers. He could get his points across and still have people like me. What a role model! He could cover a lot of ground with only a few choice words. Many of his sage advices still hold true for today.

Lord, please remind me more often that people want a simple message in word and deed from me. Come to think of it, I would feel the same way about others!

Don’t be a Lawn Chair Larry!

If you lived in Los Angeles, California back in 1982 you would have heard the breaking news this day about Lawn Chair Larry. This soon to be folk hero got a jump start on the Pixar movie,”Up”. Larry Walters decided that he would use a lawn chair and attach it to 42 helium balloons and rise a few feet above the ground in his girlfriend’s backyard. He carried a BB gun so that he could shoot the balloons to deflate them and then return safely to the ground. Sounds simple, doesn’t it. It wasn’t. As soon as he cut the rope that connected him and his balloons to Mother Earth, he shot up in no time to 16,000 feet! Before too long planes coming into LAX reported an unusual sight as they were coming into land! Eventually he came back down safe and sound. But there is no record that he ever tried that stunt again! Before you reach for new heights today, be sure to check everything out. Count the cost. Jesus even reminded us that if we are to follow Him and be his disciples we need to be certain before we head out on a journey with Him. The adventure with the Lord is great! Just be sure you don’t have your head (or your lawn chair) in the clouds all the time!

Don’t give up on something BIG

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! How many of us have heard that said to us or we have given this advice to others. It really was evident back in 1776. This was the day that the delegates meeting in Philadelphia voted for the first time on the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. But it didn’t go through until three days later.

As Americans begin to celebrate the Fourth of July activities, the focus has been on fun and time away from work or on vacation. Very little emphasis is now on the history part. In our world of “immediate”, we have forgotten that important matters like freedom did not just happen. Things that are valuable take time, patience and compromise to reach the desired goal.

When you see a glimpse of the end result of something in your ministry role today, don’t give up. Find the common ground and keep going. You may be closer than you think to something BIG!