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SMOKE FROM A FIRE
Labor Day is now over but, what happened ta the sun last Monday? It was clouded over in a strange way.
Some sez it was hidden by smoke from a large fire somewheres. If'n that was the case it must of been a whale of a fire.
The follow'n editorial comes from an editorial in Tawas City, Michigan. It is near Lake Huron, north of Detroit. It is short and to the author's point...
What has our
Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?
if we lie to the Congress,
it's a felony and if the congress lies to us its just politics;
if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black dislikes whites, it's their 1st Amendment right;
the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims;
in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word GOD in the process;
you can kill an unborn child, but its wrong to execute a mass murderer;
we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border in Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea;
if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.
You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas;
we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people;
we can use a human fetus medical research, but it's wrong to use an animal.
We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work;
we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of sp
eech, but only if we are being politically correct;
parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games;
the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.
And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.
What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?
1944: 18-20 year olds stormed enemy beaches, parachuted behind enemy lines, charged into battles and almost, Ccertain death.
2015: 18-20 years olds need "safe zones' on college campuses to protect their fragile emotions from "offensive' WORDS.
When The Sponge Gets Squeezed
"Now Dorothy watch what you're doing!" her brother Bill called out, but it was too late.
He watched helplessly as the spilled juice streamed off the table and not the floor.
"I'm sorry," Dorothy apologized. "I'll help ya clean it up," Bill said.
"That's all right; everyone makes mistakes," Bill said, as he soaked up the juice with a sponge.
Their mother came around the corner just in time ta see Bill turn up his nose as he squeezed out the sponge into the sink.
She asked "What's the matter. Didn't ya expect sticky juice ta come out when ya squeezed it?"
Their mom paused a bit then said, "I want to show ya a little lesson. Lets wash out the sponge and dip it into some clean water.
"Now what do ya suppose will come out when we squeeze it again?"
"Well, clean water, of course!" replied Bill.
"That's right", mom said, "we wouldn't expect juice ta come out again, would we?"
Then, she went on ta explain, "This sponge is like your heart, as ya grow up, be sure ta allow only good, clean things ta soak into your heart.
"Try ta say soft, kind words. Always have a meek and caring attitude.
"Seek fer ways ta show tenderness and love toward others.
"Be patient and gentle so your heart is like a sponge full of warm, soothing water.
"When someone treats you roughly or something irritating happens, it's as if your heart is squeezed like a sponge.
"Then only what has soaked in will come out in your words and actions."
Jesus said, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
"We cain't tailor the situation of life ta fit our desires, but we can tailor our hearts ta fit those situations.
"Thoughts become words and words become actions. Actions become habits and habits become character. And character determines your destiny!"
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus."
- Colossians 3:17
Well, the editorial and the sponge thoughts are connected, think it through.
Happy 90th Birthday Eva Marie Link. May God Bless you and yours.
Have a good rest of the week ever one.
The boys and I are gonna give this week's column and thoughts a spell or two ta dwell on and discuss.
Hope'n ta see ya in church.
Remember, wherever ya are, what ever ye be do'n' BE A GOOD ONE!
Keep on smilen
Catch ya later