Bad seed / Bad grass

Dec

12

2023

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Dec

12

2023

Today is my anniversary. We have been married 53 years. Aside from my relationship with Jesus I credit my wife Teresa with keeping me out of the pig sty. I have always thought of myself as a wild horse bucking, snorting, wild eyed, and kicking my stall until I broke through the boards and gained my freedom. I immediately went thundering across the plain until I felt the sharp burn of a rope around my neck. My anchor Teresa had lassoed me, and I came to a screeching halt. “Boy you get back over here right now!”

If it were not for her there is no telling where I would have ended up.

When I was a teenager I was always in trouble. One day my mother called a family meeting, and she went around the room asking what each person thought was wrong with me. She asked my father, and he just hung his head and slowly shook it. Then she asked my brother and he quickly glanced at me between bites of his supper and nonchalantly said, “I dunno, bad seed I guess”.

It wasn’t long before I got called in again for another round. This time my brother told my mother that you can’t kill bad grass. Hmmm…I suppose he was right about that. Bad grass just keeps popping up everywhere. So, I took my bad grass and bad seed and left home at a young age and went out to see the world. I got in about every kind of trouble one could get in. The police were trying to find me, and I headed up to Atlanta where I didn’t know a soul. It was there I met my wife who was the diametric opposite of me and a real life goody two shoes. It took me a while, (long while), to find some normalcy in my life, but she worked on me daily. She kept me on the straight and narrow and yes she was a church goer. Still, I relapsed on occasion, but I always went back and resumed a better life which improved year in and year out.

I always have known that God put her in my life for that purpose. He knew I needed a good person to help me make the transition. I pray every day in gratitude and thank God for loving me and I tell Jesus I love Him. Without His gift of her I have no doubt I would have hit rock bottom. I hope you cherish each other as do we. It is our greatest gift.

Proverbs 18:22
A man’s greatest treasure is his wife — she is a gift from the LORD.

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