Atlanta Marietta District

'Keeps On Giving'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Perhaps you are shopping for something new and different this Christmas.  I have a suggestion of a gift you can give that keeps on giving.  The San Diego Union-Tribune reported recently that the San Diego Humane Society went to a woman’s van near Del Mar, California.  They found rats had clawed into upholstery, burrowed into the seats and gnawed the engine wiring.  The woman living in the van has agreed to give up her rats—all 300+ of them. Captain Danee Cook says the woman ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “The greatest enemy of thinking is busyness (business?).  I used to love a Zen teacher’s comment that the Western form of laziness is to be busy, while Asian laziness is too much meditation.  But I don’t think that’s true any longer.  Busyness isn’t our way of avoiding things—it’s our total and complete lifestyle.  We have too much to do, too many responsibilities, too many kid’s activities—and in this deluge of tasks and to-dos, we’re highly distracted.  With distracted minds, ...

'Agree to Disagree'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Have you ever won an argument?  According to Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, the answer is no.  “You can’t win an argument”, Carnegie writes.  “You can’t because if you lose it, you lose it; and if you win it, you lose it.  Why?  Well, suppose you triumph over the other person and shoot their argument full of holes and prove that they are non-compos mentis (not sane or in one’s right mind).  Then what?  You will feel fine.  But what about them? ...

'A Better Place

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… What if we loved everyone in front of us…would the world be a better place? What if we attempted to walk in another’s shoes…would the world be a better place? What if we took time to listen when someone else needed our ear…would the world be a better place? What if we smiled as we crossed each other’s path…would the world be a better place? What if we paused long enough to pray before we made important decisions…would the world be a better place? What if we bent to the ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I cannot get it out of my head.  Kamille McKinney was only 3 years old.  She was fondly known as ‘Cupcake’ to her family and friends.  She went missing and last week her remains were found after a two-week search in a trash bin.  She had attended a birthday party and subsequently abducted and murdered.  Who would do such a thing to a precious 3-year-old little girl?  I cannot get it out of my head. We have two three-year-old grandchildren.  Their names are Brooks and Camryn.  ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Back in the 1980’s, the fast food chain Wendy’s ran a famous TV ad depicting a fashion show in the old Soviet Union.  As the show’s emcee declares, in a thick Russian accent, “Day wear!” a Russian woman struts across the catwalk wearing a drab, proletarian cloth dress.  “Very nice,” says the announcer.  Next up?  “Evening wear!”  The same woman struts across the catwalk in the exact same dress—but holding a flashlight.  Swim wear?  Same woman, same dress—this time holding a ...

'Whose Are We?'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Margaret J. Wheatley writes in her book, Who Do We Choose to Be? the following, “A culture focused on individual freedom can only result in narcissism, polarization, conflict, estrangement, and loneliness.  What is the meaning of life when it is all about me?” (P.69) My observation is that we are becoming more of a humanity that is ‘self-centered’ rather than ‘other-centered’.  The words of Jesus, “it is better to give than to receive” are getting further and further in the ...


Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… The newest craze in baseball promotion are ‘bobbleheads’.  I have several of these little statues of present and past Atlanta Braves baseball heroes.  There is even a bobblehead Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, Hannah, or wobbler, has a long history dating back to the seventeenth century.  By 1960, Major League Baseball produced a series of papier-mache bobblehead dolls, one for each team, all with the same cherubic face, and few ...

'Confidence Factor'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Atlanta Braves outfielder, Nick Markakis, who, by the way, is from Woodstock, Georgia, shared recently, “This team right here is as good as any team I’ve played on, could possibly be the best team I’ve played on.  Just the mixture of guys we have on this team.  We’re all confident in ourselves.  We’re confident in each other.  Confidence can take you a long way.  So, the confidence factor is there.  The grit is there.  Everything is there right now.  It’s just a matter of ...

An Inconvenient Truth

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, spent several hours with our North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry in August.  I found her to be warm and insightful as she challenged us to look at the racial issues of this world. “The Biggest issue with regards to racial healing is the issue of transformation.  Knowledge is not the problem.  The problem is our hearts.  It’s not that we don’t know, it’s that we don’t have the heart.  ...

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