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'Be Kind'

Terry Walton

7/11/2017

  I Was Thinking… Kindness is an amazing gift.  It is listed in the Paul’s famous list of the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ found in Galatians 5:22 ff.  It is certainly understandable that the BIG three…love, joy and peace would be listed there but why kindness?  Is it really so important to be listed among the nine fruit of the spirit?  Yes it is! Plato once said “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Kindness…sounds so simple doesn’t it?  But it can be so difficult.  This is ...


‘Falling Upward’

Terry Walton

6/27/2017

  I Was Thinking… Have you ever fallen up a flight of stairs?  I have and it is an experience that caused me to feel foolish and in too big of a hurry.  I wasn’t paying attention.  I bruised my shin as a reminder for several days that I should pay attention not only to walking down stairs but also to walking up stairs. Richard Rohr in his book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life writes “It is when we begin to pay attention, and seek integrity precisely in the task within ...


‘Power of Together’

Terry Walton

6/20/2017

I Was Thinking… My first trip to Annual Conference was as a Youth Delegate.  Leon Goodman and I went to Glenn Memorial UMC as youth representatives of Pomona United Methodist Church in the Griffin District.  My dad was the Pastor of the Pomona-Mt. Zion Charge in those days.  I had no idea then that I’d be attending Annual Conference for the majority of the rest of my life.  I’ve only missed two Annual Conferences, one when I had meningitis/encephalitis in 2009; the other when Sharon began her ...


‘Forgiveness Please’

Terry Walton

6/13/2017

  I Was Thinking… I read an indicting statement in Robert Benson’s book Punching Holes in the Dark.  It grabbed me and caused me a moment of confession in my spiritual journey.  He writes, “Years of performing in a Christian rock-and-roll band in churches, years of working in a Christian music company whose audience was the crowd of people who already believed the things we were saying, years of making books largely aimed at the people who base their lives on the same theological pillars I do ...


'Adjusting Our Sails’

Terry Walton

6/6/2017

I Was Thinking… The late astronaut James Irwin once said, “You might think going to the moon was the most scientific project ever but they literally ‘threw us’ in the direction of the moon.  We had to adjust our course every ten minutes and landed within fifty feet of the 500 mile radius of our target.” This is a great illustration of life.  Life is full of adjustments.  There is nothing as permanent as change.  It was Max DePree who wrote, “When you can’t change the direction of the wind ...


'Security'

Terry Walton

5/23/2017

I Was Thinking… As I rode into work I was stopped at a traffic light beside a Cobb County school bus.  I noticed the camera mounted on its’ side and thought to myself “How sad!”  Sad that we live in a day and time that requires we have security cameras inside and outside of school buses.  Inside and outside of the transportation vehicles that transport our children to and from school. Security has become big business in this world that is haunted by fear at every turn.  One could say that the ...


'Position is Everything'

Terry Walton

5/16/2017

I Was Thinking… Someone once said, “You can never see the sunrise by looking west.”  I happen to like that kind of profoundness.  How we position ourselves does make a difference.  Haven’t we all known people (and maybe at times been the person) who were excellent reservoirs of learning yet never had an idea?  As J. Oswald Chambers once wrote, “Eyes that look are common.  Eyes that see are rare.” Our position in life does impact what we experience in life.  To resist or receive is a choice we ...


'Mean Mom'

Terry Walton

5/9/2017

I Was Thinking… I have said it in many places but not yet in “Third Day Thoughts”…I was raised by the meanest mother in the world.  My mother expected me to do my chores which consisted of dusting, vacuuming, sweeping half of our basement (my sister did the other half) and mowing the lawn (we called it ‘cutting the grass’).  My mom expected me to do my homework.  She expected me to make up my bed.  As I grew older she expected me to communicate my ‘whereabouts’ and to be home by a set curfew. ...


‘Joyful Noise’

Terry Walton

5/2/2017

I was Thinking… “Can’t carry a tune in a bucket!”  “Monotone!”  “Flatter than a flitter!”  “Tone deaf”.  All are descriptions of a person who doesn’t have the gift of singing. For Sharon’s birthday I gave her tickets to the recent ‘Billy Joel’ concert at our new SunTrust Park.  It was a wonderful evening with friends.  I was amazed at the crowd and their ability to know the songs of Billy Joel.  For example, in the seat just behind us was a lady who seemed to know every word of every song ...


'Walking Together'

Terry Walton

4/25/2017

‘Walking Together’ I was Thinking… Experiencing life together is important.  When friends and family walk through life together there is a bonding that takes place unlike any other.  This past week was a reminder of this for me.  With the death of my ‘Down Syndrome’ sister-in-love, Jeanne, I was reminded of the power of walking together through life.  It had been a very hard three weeks for the entire family while Jeanne’s life hung in the balance.  When she breathed her last breath this past ...


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