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Without a Trace

 

 To forgive and forget.  Sounds great.  I wish everyone would do that.  I wish I could do that, to just ‘Let it go.’ There are some things that I can ‘Let it Go’.  But there are other things that are just hard to release.  Either the offense is too deep and painful or the offender is someone that I have a problem with, you know, “that guy”.  Either way, I sometimes  get a big, ole burr under my saddle and it…

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Tiny Violins

Tiny Violins
 

 As a child you discover one of the wonders of unconditional love: sympathy.  Parents who’ve seen you grow from birth are quite understanding when you can’t or don’t or won’t succeed.  They don’t yell at you when you fall while learning to walk or ride a bike.  They do yell at umpires for gross injustice and blindness when you strike out.  And they usually take your side (the only side they hear) against a teacher who is either incompetent or…

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God’s Will 101

 

   Many times I’ve wanted to know God’s will for my life.  I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if Jesus was right here and would tell me what to do?” Jesus is probably thinking something similar “Wouldn’t it be great if Rick would just do what I’ve already told him?” I love 1 Thessalonians 5:18 because of the phrase “This is God’s will for you.”  That’s explicit.  Clear and concise instructions work out best for me as I’m not the…

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Hot Trucks and Hot Women

 

 There is this ‘guy’ thing.  Certain things catch our eye.  Two things that seem common to man are hot trucks and hot women.  When my son and I would be driving around town, he would spot a nice looking, usually jacked up, truck and say “Did you see that one?”  I’d reply, and then a few minutes later we’d both spot another one and simultaneously utter an “Oooh” or an “Oh yeah!” I always know what Kevin likes in a truck:…

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Empty Bottles

 

 There were 3 coffee creamer bottles in the cupboard.  But only one of them had creamer.  The 2 empty bottles were being saved for some future need to organize, store, or hide something.  I didn’t know what yet, but I knew there would come a day when these nifty containers would be exactly what I needed. In my mind, I was like a good boy scout: thrifty and prepared. But to anyone else, “Why are you collecting empty bottles?”  If…

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My Possessions – Possess Me

 

  I said, “Pick up your stuff.” She said, “Dad, there’s too much.  It will take all day.” I (sarcastically) said, “If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t have so much to pick up.” The truth is:  we are owned by what we own.  My dream home with the big yard told me a long time ago “You need to get a big (expensive) lawn mower.”  My lawn mower tells me things like: “I need gas” “My belt is broken” “You…

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