Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lessons I have Learned and People I have Met - 5

In every congregation over the last 40 years there have always been those that seemed to always know a better way to do everything that that the congregation is doing. They always know a better congregation, a better program, or a better speaker. Sometimes they are right but they really have very little influence. Often their attendance will be spotty, and their personal life is sometimes not very good.

One of the things I leaned from "I can do it better people" is that being right is more than just being right. If you are going to influence others for good there needs to be words and deeds. It really is true that people will often follow a good example quicker than they will good words. Sometimes, even when we know a better way or at least think we do, we need to be quiet, set an example, and say good job. Show people the way and they usually will follow.

I'd see him go to church almost every Sunday
He had invited me to go a time or two
made no bones about the fact that he was a christian
And he seemed to know I was looking for some truth
Never looked at me with eyes of condemnation
though he knew I was uneasy when he pray
he was always there to lend a hand
and when he did he'd always say
that the good Lord and his blessing
are what made him act that way
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one any day
I'd rather one would walk with me
than merely show the way
Actions speak much louder
than all the words can say
That's why I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day
There were times that I would see him from a distance
and he didn't know that I was watching him
he always took the time to love his children
and he treated his wife like his best friend
I got the call two weeks ago this Monday
that the job I had ten years was at the end
he was the first to call and show up on my doorstep
and he said that he would be there
till we got on our feet again
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one any day
I'd rather one would walk with me
than merely show the way
Actions speak much louder
than all the words can say
That's why I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day
I never was much for religion
too many double-standard people let me down
but the message this man lived was very simple
he showed me what I needed
and he was there when I let Jesus
turn my life around
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one any day
I'd rather one would walk with me
than merely show the way
Actions speak much louder
than all the words can say
That's why I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day
That's why I'd rather see a sermon
than hear one any day
Bruce Carroll

Monday, February 8, 2010

Let it snow!!!!!!

One of my favorite memories is when the Knappiers lived in New Jersey. We lived right across from a golf course.  When it snowed that golf course became a toboggan run. My boys loved taking our sleds and sledding. Nathan was just 2 or 3 years old.   The toboggan runs were fast and long so we wouldn't let him go down by himself. Or at least that was the plan .  I turned my back for a moment and when I turned around I saw my sled zooming down the course with two little feet bouncing up and down. I watched with great concern . I started to yell, "Nathan come back here," but it was to late for that.  He made to the bottom of the hill and kept go into a snow bank. The sled stopped but he kept going head first into to the snow bank. I got down to him as quick as I could and all I saw of him was to little legs sticking out of the snow.  I pulled him out, brushed him off, and he said, "Again!"

It is understandable that a small child might not recognize a dangerous situation.  It is different for an adult. It is to easy to think I can read that. I can say that, I can watch that, and etc. Remember what the apostle Paul wrote, "When you think you stand, take heed least you fall."