After 23 years of writing this post five times per week, one would rightfully think that some would not appreciate what I have to say. Indeed, I have received many rant-filled letters and even a few death threats. I say rave on, you won’t deter me from continuing to write it unless you somehow succeed in killing me.
So, I received another nasty letter from a reader from the post I sent the other day entitled“Stubborn Stupid”. He was upset that I recounted a story of speeding. He wrote: you came across as a real idiot and even a smug a—s h—-e! Beyond “stubborn stupid!” Way beyond! The speeding event of which I wrote took place several years, (decades), ago and it was not a very smart thing to do, thus the title, Stubborn stupid“. Does he have a point somewhere there?
He asked, “What are you trying to prove with such nonsense? Sort of a really weak message and I guess there was a message in there somewhere!” Hmmm…I mostly write Words for the Day about experiences I’ve had in MY life. Some have been incredibly good and some very bad. One of the lessons that people should learn from Words for the Day is to avoid the bad things I’ve done and their terrible consequences and do the good thing and receive their blessings of which I have received many.
I did many stubborn/stupid things in my youth, putting a needle in my arm, robbing liquor stores and other establishments with a sawed-off shotgun, or getting in a fistfight with the police to name some of the worst. I tell those stories to emphasize that we should never give up on anyone because God can transform anyone’s life who asks for help. I also say in most cases it is not a free ride, however, and there can be serious consequences which I write about as well.
He railed that I mentioned that I was driving a Porsche and intimated that I was flaunting my wealth. He ranted, “Look at me – I drive a Porsche! I’m much better than you and I can go as fast as I want! La de dah!” That was a stupid remark. I could have just as easily been speeding in the pickup truck I’m driving these days. I can go as fast as I want! La de dah I drive a pickup and you don’t. What kind of stupidity is that? Maybe he missed the many posts of WFTD about the years of my youth that I spent living on the street when I was hopping freights and sleeping on the side of the road, homeless, and living in abject poverty. When I finally surrendered, I cried out to God, and He blessed me and transformed me, BUT I had to do my part too by working harder than anyone can imagine for decades to build the businesses that I built which did indeed provide me with wealth. Maybe he doesn’t know that I gave most of it away to various causes and don’t care about wealth aside from providing a financial safety net for my family.
Bah – Finally, I told that dude he might as well unsubscribe right now and that I would give him a full refund. Yes, I took chances and did stupid things when I was young, and I suppose this guy didn’t. La de dah isn’t he the shining model for humanity. Perhaps we should just follow him instead of Jesus. I don’t think so. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. There is not a single perfect person living in this world free from stupid and stubborn sin and no matter how “goody-two-shoes” they present themselves if they were transparent about their lives the dirty laundry could be seen. We can learn from others’ mistakes and if you just cannot bear to be transparent and admit that you are not perfect to help them, at least don’t rant at those who are trying to help people.
Finally, I do not write Words for the Day for ego or to make money. I don’t care who reads it or what they think of me. I do not get paid one dime and in fact it costs me money to send it out daily. I write it to help people and because I feel God wants me to. Those of you who enjoy it, read on. Those who don’t move on. Either way, I’ll keep on writing it and sometimes making myself look like a fool in order to prevent someone else from making the same mistake. So La de dah.
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.