Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lessons I have Learned and People I Have Met

Leo was a good man and I am sure he meant well but boy did he get on my nerves. Every Sunday he would present me a list of mispronounced words. He would hand it to me at the door on his way out of the auditorium. I often made the mistake of looking at it right then. Talk about a downer. I wouldn't do that now. I mean immediately read the note. I know when you step down from the pulpit emotions are high. I needed to learn to take evaluation and consider the source. But if the evaluation is right learn from it. God sometimes used the enemies of Israel to teach them a lesson. Words have the power of life and death.

I also learned that some things need corrected and some things just need to be covered with love. Be careful about giving honest criticism for someones own good. Unless it is really important or has been asked for don't give it. Just pray instead. I am pretty sure everything is not a salvation issue. If God opens a door or gives an opportunity take it but Be Kind to One another. Ask yourself, "How would I react to this kind of evaluation?"

Friday, August 20, 2010

Lessons I have Learned and People I have Met - 7

Some of you have asked if I am stopping this series of blogs. I am going to try to be more disciplined and blog at least 3 times a week. Life happens and I have been distracted.

Layton L. is the first preacher I remember. He seemed to a young boy to be just a normal person. He took a interest in me and even after he moved to another congregation he had a big influence on me. He encouraged me to go to FHC when no one else was very encouraging. He helped me financially every semester. He saw something in me that not many did.

One night at church camp I was bunking in his cabin. ( I still remember waking up at camp with Layton singing corny songs over the loud speakers) I asked him what the L. (his middle name) stood for and he said I would have to guess. I never did get the right name. 50 years I still don't know what his middle name was. But I know this -- that whatever good I am doing in the kingdom is in part because of him. My fruit is his fruit. You never know what a scrawny, shy 13 year boy might do or how he might be used by God. Thanks Layton L.