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'The Way We Should Go'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… My friend and retired CEO of Primerica, John Addison is a big believer in ‘Focusing on Your Strengths’.  He writes, “There’s a passage in the Bible that says, “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) But exactly what is that “way they should go”? A lot of parents interpret this passage to mean that you should raise your kids in a strict way, following the path you set for them, being well-behaved, doing ...

'Chicken Sandwich'

Terry Walton


A Tennessee man is suing the fast-food chain, Popeyes for running out of its new, popular chicken sandwiches.  Craig Barr, of East Ridge, wrote in a summons filed Wednesday that he is suing the restaurant for “false advertising, deceptive business practices by entity to public.  Countless time wasted driving to and from Popeyes…No chicken sandwich.  Was told to come back this day –still no sandwich.” “I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind.  I can’t think straight,” Barr told the ...

‘Reputation and Character’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… I happened upon these words from Hersey Davis and thought them insightful. Reputation and Character The circumstances amid which you live determine your reputation; the truth you believe determines your character.  Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.  Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.  Reputation comes over one from without; character grows from within. Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character ...

'Trees and Squash'

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Prior to becoming President of the United States, James Garfield was principal of Hiram College in Ohio.  When a father asked if the course of study couldn’t be simplified so his son might finish school sooner, Garfield replied, “Certainly.  But it all depends upon what you want to make of your boy.  When God wants to make an oak tree, God takes a hundred years.  When God wants to make a squash, God requires only two months.” (Developing the Leaders Around You, Maxwell, P.119) ...

"Bear Down Church"

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In a recent Washington Post article, it was reported that local black bears in northern California are opening car doors to swipe food so often that they break into vehicles without smelling food just to see if they get lucky.  This is happening in record numbers and is a tremendous nuisance in that area of the state. (AJC, August 13, 2019) Not to make light of the ‘nuisance factor’, I am quite impressed with these bears.  What impresses me is that they are not afraid to fail.  ...

‘Simplify Informania’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… Henry David Thoreau was a 19th Century American essayist, poet and philosopher.  He’s famous for his ‘tiny house’—a 10-by-15-foot cabin.  He lived there for two years beginning in 1845, spending time reading, writing, thinking, growing his own food and making a few friends to neighbors nearby.  He removed extraneous stuff so that his mind could grow.  “Our life is frittered away by detail,” he wrote.  “Simplify!  Simplify!” (Life is Good, Jacobs, P.71) This has me thinking “...

‘Good Out of Place’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… It was Dr. Fred Craddock, the great teacher of preachers, who described sin as “good out of place”.  Pharmaceuticals are intended for our improved health…abuse pharmaceuticals and our health will deteriorate with potential death…’good out of place’.  Our bodies are created in God’s image and are a ‘temple’ of the Holy Spirit…pornography turns our bodies into objects for selfish pleasure…’good out of place’.  Take any good thing and abuse it or misuse it and it is ‘out of place’...

‘A Lesson of Both’

Terry Walton


I find the following thoughts from Phillip Yancey in his book Grace Notes insightful.  Perhaps you will as well.   “As Andrew Greeley said, “If one wishes to eliminate uncertainty, tension, confusion and disorder from one’s life, there is no point in getting mixed up either with Yahweh or with Jesus of Nazareth.” I grew up expecting that a relationship with God would bring order and a calm rationality to life. Instead, I have discovered that living in faith involves much dynamic tension. ...

“Elephants and Birds”

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… “As an old African proverb has it, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”  The weak get hurt in conflicts between the powerful.  Americans at the bottom of the income scale are always the ones who lose when contempt crowds out cooperation at the top.  The politics of contempt never hurts the rich very much.  It hurts people in poverty.  We should all be able to agree that that’s bad.” (Love Your Enemies, Arthur Brooks, P.33) I’ve grown to regret what I call the ‘...

‘Choose Your Color’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking… In an attempt to be consoling and comforting a friend said to her friend who was wheelchair bound, “Suffering does so color life, doesn’t it?”  The reply came in a loving tone, “Yes, but I get to choose the color.” What color are we choosing these days?  This past week was difficult in that the frailty of human life was brought sternly to my attention.  A dear and close friend to my two sons was killed in a boating accident on Lake Hartwell.  His six-year-old son survived but ...

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