This newspaper clipping was found in my daddy’s things after he passed away. It is not dated, but I remember sending it to him when I lived in Kentucky. It is also torn – the missing word in the caption is “Liberals”. It is from The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. I haven’t lived in Kentucky since 2008 so it was written sometime prior. The article captured my attention because Daddy always taught us this concept when approaching a seemingly difficult task or problem. He would say something like, “It’s simple. You just have to make up your mind to it. Now that doesn’t mean it’s easy. But it’s simple.”
Now, Daddy referred to himself as a liberal because to him a liberal was someone who gave selflessly and generously and walked with those who were different (some might say undesirable, neglected, downtrodden, brokenhearted). He said Jesus Christ was a liberal. And he was right in that sense. Chuck Swindoll used the following quote by Charles Thomas (C.T.) Studd in a message I listened to this week about how it does no good to shine a light in the light – light is only seen in the darkness: “Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell”. When I heard this statement, I immediately thought of how Daddy lived his life. He sort of ran a rescue shop in a sense. The interesting thing is though, those folks often came to his door. It was not unusual to drop by daddy’s house in the middle of the day (a rainy day) and find several of daddy’s friends gathered around him having a deep theological discussion. They came to him because at some point he had touched them in their world – in their daily, normal walk of life and they knew he cared. Sometimes, Benny would get to listen in on the conversation. He would tell me, “We had church at your dad’s today”.
When I read this article, memories flooded my mind of the many long telephone conversations daddy and I would have when I was in Kentucky, about life and about God and daddy would share his deep revelations about a certain scripture. I also thought about how much truth there is in the words of this article.
If we can just take away the labels of liberal vs. conservative, left-wing vs. right-wing and simply look at the truth. Simple solutions to complex problems. “You might as well pull up your boot straps, and…”, more words from daddy. There is so much news inundating us every second of every day about how our government is corrupt and what all the politicians need to do.
CHANGE DOESN’T START AT THE WHITEHOUSE – IT STARTS AT MY HOUSE! And then in our own communities.
Let’s look for simple solutions, even if they are hard and let’s make our homes and communities better. My community, Samantha, Alabama has it’s problems just like everywhere else in the world, but there is NO WHERE in the world I would rather be.
Always keep “The Son” in your eyes,
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