Thank you for all the encouraging responses to my post concerning the nasty letter I received. In fact, I got so many I simply could not answer them individually. So sorry about that. Through the years I have been asked how I can possibly think of a different subject to write about each day. I don’t preplan them and the process is simple. I just pray for a moment or two and then start typing. I’ve thought about it a great deal and believe the Holy Spirit gives me the subjects and I think He does so for His own reasons.
Not every Words for the Day will make sense to every person who reads it on every day. I cannot tell you how many emails I have received where the sender told me that my post was exactly what they needed to hear that morning. For example, several times I prayed for God to give me a subject and the subject of suicide came to mind. I used to keep letters of those who wrote who were considering ending their life and changed their minds after reading my timely post that very day about that subject. The same goes for alcoholism, drug addiction, losing a family member or friend, and so on. After I pray a short, simple prayer asking for help as to what to write about I listen to God, write about it, and post it.
So, the angry letter sender told me that my message about me acting like an idiot and speeding was weak and there was no point to it. I’m sure he has unsubscribed, but I received this letter that he would have found interesting:
Bob – Not that you need my affirmations . . . though, I would like to tell you that your post HELPED at least one person . . . I too am NOTORIOUS for speeding, I mean NOTORIOUS, so much so that one of my dear friends, who happens to be the Sheriff in my County, along with several of his senior Deputies (who are also close friends) more than once have been kind enough to mention to me that there is nowhere so important for me to speed and to risk hurting someone in an accident, (my dumb butt included) . . .
You would think I would listen to these men’s wise counsel, especially my wife and THE Sheriff! But nope, lil’ol me just keeps right on moving on FAST! So, Friday when you wrote WFTD, I got to thinking about Proverbs, and (paraphrasing here) how Wise ol’ King Solomon writes about the Counsel
of God . . . And wise men . . . Of which, through your life experiences, you are . . . So back to Friday’s post . . . I was coming home from running errands yesterday . . . And for whatever reason, I recounted your WFTD post in my mind . . . and happened to look at my speed (94) as I was headed up 400 North… and I immediately slowed down to within 10 miles of the posted limit . . . AND JUST AS I ROUNDED A CURVE . . . There sat, nice and tucked away one of Our Very Own State Patrol Men, his speedster Dodge hidden nicely up under an oak tree with his radar aimed right at me . . . Fortunately, I was within his gun’s range of calibration error and didn’t get a ticket . . . Although technically I was still speeding, SO, THANK YOU for your wise counsel, and not just last Friday, but every day!
So, I don’t know if God might have saved this man’s life or perhaps someone else’s or if He merely helped him (and possibly others of you who read it) to avoid a ticket, but it did make him think twice about his behavior.
I have a friend who dearly loved and admired his father all his life. Then one day they had a very sharp disagreement, and my friend told me that he was through with his father, and he was not going to see him again. I counseled him to consider what all his dad had done for him all his life and all the good times they had enjoyed together. I told him that his father loved him, and this one disagreement was born out of his father’s love for him and in trying to protect him from making a very bad decision. My friend’s stubborn insistence of doing something that was not smart and was a very bad life decision simply could not be tolerated by his father. My buddy considered my counsel and calmed down and as it turned out his father and other counselors (me included) were proven right about the path he was considering taking, and he narrowly avoided its serious consequences.
The point is he was ready to ditch his beloved father for one disagreement. I had told him early on that when someone passes on, we write an obituary and it includes the entirety of their life. Generally, one’s flaws are not included, rather their accomplishments. The entire body of work is more important than one isolated incident. Consider the body of work when judging anything or anyone my friends. Also, take a look at their motives.
If you receive a Words for the Day and you don’t particularly like it, you might consider that it might have been intended for someone else that day. Or it could just be me having a bad day. If you have followed me much at all it is obvious that I am mere flesh, flawed, and broken, and living under the same curse of sin as everyone else out there. In fact, I write about it to encourage others to know that though we love God we are still living in a fallen world and will occasionally stumble. I try but am not always successful in keeping the flesh subdued on every post. LOL
At any rate, I hope you get something out of it. As one reader put it: “Bob, I love getting your messages every day, and I forward to family and friends and ask them to forward them. There are some people who wouldn’t be happy if they were in the arms of Jesus, so we just have to keep our eyes on Him. I have had the same problem, but I am who I am and that’s a Christian who deeply loves the Lord. Have a Blessed Day.”
I deeply love the Lord and have tried very hard to do good and to depart from the evil that has often and at times still does, engulf me. However, as this reader put it and Popeye might say, “I yam what I yam”, and that includes success and failure – If it is intolerable and you don’t want to read it, I’m good and most of all I want you to have a great day.
Depart from evil and do good,
So you will abide forever.