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at "Tell me a True Story."
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We got this Black Lab dog, that ain’t
much of a dog.
But the thing is he don’t
know that he ain’t much account.
He likes to sit with me on
our porch.He also enjoys following me
around in the yard and back again to the porch.
He just goes about and does
what the other dogs do, and acts like he was just as good as the rest of them. The other dogs put up with him cause they
don’t care one way or the other whether he is good or not.
The thing is he considers
himself to be the best of the lot.To
him if he has any short comings, that only means he is special, and better that
the rest of the pack.
If any of the other dogs said
to him you don’t measure up to the rest of us, he would just ignore them, and
go right on as if they didn’t exist.
While the others go about
solemn, doing their job, he does his job and is happy, and has fun while doing
Try as they may, so far they
haven’t made him live according to their standards they have set up for them-selves.For Little Lukey, as it were marches to his
own woof, woof.
Sometimes I think that dumb
dog is smarter than me.He doesn’t let
anyone or anything stifle his creativity, and he is making the most of what he
has got.He follows his own rules but
hurts no other dogs in the process and is happy while doing it.
Should he do things like the
other dogs he would surly be a failure but he is his own man, err dog.
When David volunteered to
fight Goliath, King Saul tried to equip David with his armor, but David refused
it and used his own God given weapons to destroy the giant.
In life it is needful to know
thyself and be true to yourself and to your God, for then, and only then will you have success.
He arrived a
few minutes early but she was already there talking to one of his competitors.
When she saw
Len she broke off her conversation and came to greet him.
seated and she said, “I think you know the man I was talking to.”
He said, “Yes
I do, he is an old friend from school.”
said some good things about you.”
don’t want to pay much attention to him for he always has an ulterior motive.”
“What in the
world kind of motive could he have in bragging on you?”
“Well to be
frank, no I’d better not be frank.”
started this now finish what you hinted at. What was he getting at?”
“Okay he is
like me, we’re both smitten by you so there, I’m hungry let’s eat.”
As they were
reading over the menu she said, “What on earth do you mean “smitten by me?”
I’m… I find you… I want to marry you, let’s order for I missed lunch today.”
She gave a
bit of a smirk at that and then started to laugh. “I don’t know if this is the
way you do business, or if it is just when you think you are dealing with
from helpless I know that much about you. This has nothing to do with business
and I have never been more serious, I think I’ll have a steak, how about you.”
She said, “Len
I can’t believe you are serious. Don’t you know anything about romance?”
little and that will come as soon as you say yes.”
serious, you can’t be.”
Len said, “Now
don’t tell me that you haven’t checked me out and know most everything about
got me there I have had you thoroughly checked out from grade school on for I’m
not about to risk my company to someone I know nothing about.”
know I haven’t been this serious about any woman before.”
didn’t get that far into your past by talking to all your old girlfriends.”
“Just a few?”
laughed, “Just a few.”
must know I’m in earnest when I say I want you for my wife. Now don’t tell me
you didn’t consider me as a possible suitor after checking on me?”
“Len you are
too open and honest for me. I’m not used to guys being this upfront with me.
All I can say to your proposal is I will think about it while we are courting.”
and said, “That is as good as a yes and the proposal is good until you say you
want to be my wife.”
during which neither said hardly anything she said, “I took a cab here, can I
get a ride home?”
“Certainly, but first I have to make a stop if that’s alright?”
“Of course, I’m in no hurry to get home.”
pulled over and parked and said, “C’mon go with me.”
hesitated so he said, “It’s alright you will be safe and after all we almost
the front stairs and rang the bell. An old man came to the door and after
focusing his eyes he said, “Len what are you doing here?”
“I just came
by to see you and mama.”
They went in
and there was an older woman watching T.V.
Len said, “Papa
and Mama this is Miss Charles or Linda as you will soon be calling her. She
will soon be my wife if she agrees and your daughter-in-law.”
hugged Linda and said, “I didn’t think he would ever find the right one and
now, here you are.”
For the next
hour Linda found out the whole of Len’s history and Len finally said, “We had
better go for it’s getting late.”
their goodbyes and while standing on the bottom step of the front porch Len
said, “I can’t wait any longer to kiss you if it’s okay?”
and said, “I thought you’d never ask,” as they embraced.
arrived at Linda’s home he said I have something for you.
He pulled out a small
box and showed her an engagement ring. He gave the box to her and said, “Either
decide to put it on after thinking it over or throw it away for I don’t want to
see it again unless it’s on your finger.”
She said, “Isn’t
this a little presumptuous?”
I don’t think so you have turned your company over to a man you hardly know,
and now I’m asking you to marry that same man.”
keep from laughing and said, “You don’t know much about me and you want me for
unless there something wrong with you. Do you think I could do better?”
put it that way I don’t suppose you do better than me.”
“All I ask
is please don’t take too long in deciding for my heart can’t take much waiting.”
She said, “I
will give you my answer tomorrow.”
As he left
he thought this is the craziest thing I have ever done and I bet she feels the
same way… I sure hope it works out.
decision time for Len as he preferred to be called, he had to find employment
soon so he called upon several friends he had in college.
particular said he could help him get a very lucrative job where he worked. The
company ran several enterprises and needed someone with Len’s skills of
management. They bought failing businesses and brought them back to
profitability. They had followed Len’s process as he reorganized his father’s
business and saved it.
for Len was his new position was going to be above his friend’s level and he
didn’t feel comfortable with that.
said “Not to worry, you getting this job will probably save my butt, for I
wasn’t getting the job done. My working
under you will protect my position and I need that protection.
buying some of the companies they reorganized they took a percent of ownership
for their help that way the owners didn’t lose their business completely.
After a year
Len was firmly set in his position and his mind turned toward finding a wife.
This was partly because of his mother and sisters constantly urging him to join
the ranks of those who are family men.
It wasn’t as
if he hadn’t been dating but the women he went out with were good enough for a
date but not for marriage.
questioned on this he simply said there were qualities he was looking for in a
mate for life he had not found in the girls he had been going out with.
“Why did you
go out with them if they weren’t what you were looking for?”
by saying, “The way you find out about them is to spend time with them and not
just judge on a casual meeting where people put their best foot forward.”
year of not finding what he wanted in a wife; a woman came to the office to
discuss upgrading her business. As it turned out it she owned a large company
she had been given by her folks but at this time it had become stagnant and
I Came to See Mr. Len Please.
interviewed by his second in command she requested to see Len for he was the
reason she was here.
Len was busy
but his aide said, “I think you will want to see this one.”
moment he put the papers he was working on away and said, “Show her in.”
offered some refreshment which she declined she was seated and a moment later
Len appeared and introduced himself.
introductions, the woman spoke saying, “I need some help in getting my company
Len said, “I
know something of your company and as a matter of fact we have discussed making
you an offer for it.”
“Put your check book away because it is not for sale.”
first time since she got there, Len actually looked at the woman. His attention
was drawn to her hair which was cut short but was the oddest color of red he
had ever seen. It was a dark shade of red almost a black hue you could sense as
well as see.
“That color must be something they
dreamed up at the beauty shop.” For a moment he forgot the reason she was
there and let his gaze go from her hair to her face.
stared at her she became a little agitated and said is there something wrong?
He came to himself
somewhat and said, “No I was just trying to see how you would best fit in your
business or be able to use all your assets to your greatest advantage.”
He thought, “That sure sounded lame,” and he could
see she felt the same way.
For the next
half hour he tried not to look at her and laid out what he felt her problems
were and some solutions for making things better.
He went on
by saying, “This is only from an outsider’s point of view but should we be
hired I can come up with a concise program guaranteed to increase the value of
your company and bring it back into the main stream of today’s business.”
She said, “When
can I see something on paper?”
He said, “I
can have a preliminary plan worked out and we can discuss it over dinner
tonight if you’re available.Strictly
business of course, except I would like you’re opinion on a subject other than
the plan for your company.”
like my opinion?”
Well that sounds interesting.”
meet at seven at Marko’s for a steak. Let
me show you out for I have a lot of work to do before seven.”
As they were
saying their goodbyes he looked at her and wondered.
It was a
busy day as he had his staff do a lot of vetting on Miss Charles. Len wanted to know as much about her as possible
before the evening.
together a plan for her was easy for he had done it many times before.He would only need her input to finish it up.
seemed to be a long time coming for Len because he was looking forward to
seeing her again. He tried to remember what it was about her that had
captivated him. Her hair, her eyes, her voice; it was all of her was his
He now knew
a lot about her where she had gone to school which was a private school all of
her life. Something about her dating habits and what kind of guys she went out
with and her business experience. He thought this evening is going to be very
distress or misery, as from grief or wretchedness!
So far in life, I haven't had
very much of what you could call real "Woe." but I have had something
that came close. At different times there has been (near) poverty, sickness,
and many forms of worry that had a real basis and some that was just as real,
that had no substance, but I worried just the same.
Some people I have met seem
to enjoy misery. They are not happy
unless they have something to complain about. At times I am what you might call a border
liner, not the real McCoy mind you for a little misery goes a long way with me.The boost that comes from complaining also fades
Job 14:1-2Man that is born of a woman is of few days,
and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut
down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not.
These words were spoken by
Job while he was experiencing a hell on earth. You could say he had it all
heaped upon him: tested in his body, the psychological, and the spiritual. He surly could have done without his wife and
friends because the hurt they laid on him was not appreciated.
Job 2:9-10 His wife said to him,
"Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" But
he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we
indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" In all this Job did
not sin with his lips.
The book of Job is a study
about a righteous man who under the most distressful times and though not
understanding "why" stood true to GOD. Satan tried to remove Job's
faith from him through adversity but he stood firm in his resolve.
A Slavic friend's pastor of a Slavic
congregation stood before them and said; enemies of us in the past threw
everything at us, they starved us, beat us and killed us but they could not
separate us from our GOD, then he held up a dollar bill and said, “What they
could not do, this (dollar bill) has been able to do.”
While during the time of woe
they stood fast but in the good times they faltered.
This message has often rung
in my ears and has helped my attitude in both good times and the not so good
for I have experienced both.
Romans 8:35-39Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all
the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
After being in a deep sleep,
as I was coming back to cognizance of the world around me, a thought came to me
I have at times been told
something but what I perceived the person to be saying was not exactly what they
said.I have then asked, “What do you
mean?” for further clarification?
It seems to me that there are
both thoughts and the force behind any statement that is made, for example:
Years ago I would tell my
kids “Don’t do that,” without any consequence implied. Then there were times
when I would say something and there would be a penalty for failure to obey.
Therein was both meaning and the force behind words spoken.
From the time of creation of
man, GOD has communicated with man many ways.At times it was a direct conversation and also as in Hebrews 11:1-2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers
through the prophets at many times and in various ways,but in these last days he has spoken to
us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made
We can read what GOD said as
recorded by the prophets and the words of Jesus.
As I was coming out of the
fuzziness of sleep I wondered if these words mean to me as much as they mean to
GOD.When GOD speaks, HIS words carry
not only meaning but also are backed up by all the power inherent within GOD
I then asked myself this
question; “Does HIS word retain the same power when I receive them as when HE
spoke them or do they lose something in my translation of them?”
When He said ‘I AM THAT I AM”
it means the same to me as it does to HIM.
What about Acts1:8 But you will
receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends
of the earth."
Do those words mean the same
to me as they do to GOD?
I then wondered; am I missing
something here? Is the power of the gospel message being diluted by my
inability to grasp the full meaning and power of GOD’S word?
Do HIS words mean the same to
me as they do to HIM?
If that is so then it is no
wonder that I am falling short in every area of my life, in prayer, in conduct,
in the whole of my Christian experience.
While I thought on those
things I began to look at GOD’S words in a different light and the power of
those words are making a difference in me.
Perhaps my faith has been
limited by not seeing GOD’S word as HE sees it and believing it as it was meant
to be believed. Faith is totally dependent upon believing GOD’S word as HE
While it isn’t always the case but time has a way of
softening the harshness of the reality of the failure of parents and their parenting
skills. For the most part children are severe judges of how they were raised
and render strong opinions of the perceived failures of their parents.
Seldom is it made part of the equation that the raw material
the parents were working with might have had some defects that were somewhat
In any case I find my judgments have been modified somewhat
by time and experience.
Now as to my mother I conclude that she was one hundred
percent a country girl and no amount of travel, or becoming being citified would
not ever change that, nor did she ever try to adjust her persona.
Early in life I felt I had sufficient
intelligence to function at the level I wished to live my life, and from that
time I rejected most of her input into the formation of my attitudes toward
She became more like an older sister whose opinion carried
little weight in my decision making.
But time has garnered a new respect and
fondness for her I wasn’t capable of as a youth and a desire for the impossible
which is to go back and relive those days as a better and more understanding
She was greatly limited by the hard headedness of the child my parents had
Now as for dad, what can you say? He saw himself as a bit of
a Jim Dandy! He dressed himself in nice suits and often wore a stylish straw
As a young man in 1917 he had driven all the way from Georgia to California in a T model Ford. The roads were
poor and the road across the Mojave Desert was
made of wooden planks.
He had been
married to a nice lady who had borne him a son. After some time he decided he
wasn’t cut out to be a father and husband so they parted.
It was some number of
years later when he met up with my mother and she wasn’t one to let go like
most of my dad’s former girl friends were.
She managed to get him to the Justice of the Peace and he
once again reluctantly said the knot tying words “I do.”
It was the second time around for him and Lo it wasn’t long
before I made the scene and began to demand a piece of the pie. My early years were spent traveling from city
to city and living in boarding houses. The
service company my dad worked for sent him all over the south servicing
machinery they sold.
After five years we settled in a mill town where passion
prevailed over protection and mom became pregnant once again. Toward the end of
the pregnancy an aunt joined to help out during this time. She was a lot of
help and company for my mom until passion overcame propriety and she was caught
in the outhouse with dad in the act of pleasuring themselves.
This wasn’t acceptable behavior for mom and she in great
displeasure explained that this wasn’t the kind of help she had envisioned and
it was the time for auntie to return to her home. S
ince I was the one who made
the discovery of the forbidden actions I was confused by the whole event and
As it turned out we were scheduled to move to California and the
almost 3000 miles separation from the unsavory event settled everything down.
Things went well for about 8 years until dad decided to take
a job in South America. Of course we went south
also. We went to the south of North America in Tennessee
and he to Peru.
After the divorce that followed I managed on my own, and
time came when ole dad returned and he took me to Oregon with him. Things didn’t work out and
he returned to South America leaving me in California at the age of 15.
Back to “Time”
There were a million things that happened during those years,
I obviously haven’t mentioned. Years later after me getting married he returned
to California from South
America for a couple of days to visit the family members that now
That was the last I saw of him. He died some three years later.
It took a long while for me to forgive his failures as a dad
or at least what I supposed his failures were; but time has done what nothing
else could do. The good stuff has come to the forefront and the other stuff has
all but faded away.
Allowing this to happen has changed me a bit and I feel more
kindly toward those who gave me life for without them I wouldn’t be here.It is difficult to
forget, but at least I can forgive.
Are you willing to let "Time" do it’s work with you? Are you willing to Forgive?