about to take a shower, pack and head for the airport. Today I’m flying to Nashville, TN to perform tonight at Legacy Five’s annual Labor Day Weekend event at The Opryland Hotel. I’ll try to upload pictures and videos from there.
I just got off the phone with my sister, Missy. We were talking about Mama, Daddy and family stuff. Then she told me about a girl she works with. Missy is about to be a nurse so she’s doing her intern-stuff.
The girl, we’ll call her Sheila, uses a lot of curse words. One day Missy and Sheila were working together and Sheila started humming, ‘Mary Did You Know?’. Missy told her, “My brother wrote that song.”
Sheila said, “G** D*** that’s my favorite Christmas song” and continued with a few extra expletives. Missy told me Sheila also (lovingly) calls my sister, “M***** F*****”…a lot. Sheila said, “Now I’m going to have to call you ‘Child of God.’” Missy told her, “Don’t change. Just be you.”
I was so proud of Missy. Overtime, as she develops a relationship with Sheila she will able to tell her about her relationship with Jesus.
Who knows? Sheila may already know Jesus.
Can you tell by how someone speaks if they are or or not a Christian? Maybe. Maybe not. But it shouldn’t stop you from loving them and befriending them. You might be missing out on knowing a very interesting person. And once they get to know YOU they may fall in love with the JESUS in YOU!
Arguing with people about their indecent language is not productive. Arguing with people about religion and Jesus is also not productive.
A baby has never been argued out of the womb.
P.S. And besides, if she was humming, ‘Mary Did You Know?’ she, at least, has great taste in music. :)
While at Kroger’s I went to the meat/seafood department and asked for clams — thinking I was supposed to get fresh clams. They said they didn’t have any. So I grabbed two tubs of crab meat, thinking “Clam, Crab, they both start with a C.” Then I went to the aisle looking for ‘clam juice’ the recipe called for. I got two bottles of that and saw sitting right next to the juice, cans of minced clams. Then, I looked again at the recipe and noticed that’s what it called, ‘2 cans of minced clams.’ I thought, it’s too far to walk back to the seafood department and I bet these two will go good together.
Here it is, I love this. Paul was just like us! He needed Jesus, too!
"For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does.”
I love Matthew. The entire book is so incredible. I love Romans, too. Especially where Paul says, “That that I want to do, I don’t. And that that I don’t want to do, I do. O wretched man that I am, who can save me from my sin, Thanks be to God for Jesus has saved us.” Or something like that, I did that from memory, so I’m sure I botched it and I’m not real sure it’s in Romans 7, but pretty sure. Since I turned 50 I don’t remember much and refuse to verify anything. If I’m not getting this right, start your own blog. :) But since it’s just a blog (my former Ramblings), I’m going to Ramble.
Anyway, tonight I re-read Matthew 6 and this is my favorite part, the very end of the chapter, (The MSG) "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."
And I liked this: "This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need." I love how Jesus puts everything into perspective. In fact, toward the end of the chapter he says, “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting,so you can respond to God’s giving.”
So, I’m going to take a deep breath, turn on the CD’s that Bill Gaither sent me of his favorite Classical music, and read a few more Chapters of Matthew. I’ll blog if anything pops out to me…
This past weekend was a blast but a JOURNEY. I left for Orlando to perform (solo) for a private event on Thursday. Friday, I flew to Toronto, changed planes and then on to Sydney, NS (Canada) to perform with the GVB at the fair. Then, Saturday, we flew 6,000 miles to Portland, Oregon via Vancouver. Then, after we sang Sunday afternoon at The Oregon State Fair, I took the red-eye home, which arrived around 6 AM. Between the afternoon fair and the midnight flight home, I had dinner with Paul Young (author of THE SHACK) and his family.
It was a wonderful weekend but a tiring one. Like I’ve always said, “My life would be perfect if they could fax me over.” E-mail would work, too. Nobody’s life is perfect. Along with the good you take the bad. In fact, without the bad, you’d never really appreciate the good. 100 years ago, people were still riding horses. And before that, they walked! Any way you look at it… flying beats walking.
I talked with the director of Saturdays with Mark & Tony. We’re looking for a sponsor to help with the expense of producing the shows. If you know of someone who would be interested in sponsoring, call 615-826-6119.