Yesterday’s Door is Shut!

Regret is a bad dream on a never-ending replay loop. I think most of us have some of those past events or choices of which we regret. “I wish I hadn’t done that!” or “I wish I would have made a better choice there!”

I know this is a rhetorical question, but I must ask it anyway, “Can we go back and change it?” Of course, the answer is an emphatic, “NO!” There is nothing we can do to change the decision or the action of the past. That door is shut and cannot be opened.

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Something To Live For

If you look around to the craziness around you, you could easy get depressed and say, “What’s the use?” People in every era and in most lives lived could say at one point, “What’s the use?”

Throughout every point of history there have been people who have given up even though they had it relatively easier than most people around them. The difference was their lack of hope and purpose.

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Words With Action

The words that a person speaks does not really define who they are but what they do is a true indicator of who they are.

Many in our present culture are under the illusion they can change the world by posting a Tweet in 280 characters or a Facebook meme while sipping on a mocha latte. It takes a little more action than that!

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Tag Along With Me to Jail

I have been involved in local jail ministry for the most part of thirty years. It is not glorious work. It is not scary as some might think. I have never felt threatened and most of the guys are usually respectable and appreciative.

The jail we visit is set up like a dormitory with bunks on two sides and tables in the middle. Lately, our jail ministry team has been alternating weeks and I have been going alone twice per month.

There is nothing fancy of what we do. No fanfare, no bells and whistles. Just an old buzzard of a preacher telling the story of Jesus to a bunch of jail birds.

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Enough Already!

When I was a skinny little kid, my mother would be serving some food on my plate and I would say, “That’s enough.” But then she would put another big spoonful on my plate.

Some of us often overdo it. We have a difficult time hitting that sweet spot of just right. I think great cooks are the ones who know when the spice is just enough. Cayenne pepper can enhance the flavor of a dish, but when the eater must call the fire department to put out the fire—Enough Already!

I think I am a people person. I like people to be friendly, but I don’t want to be smothered. If someone is walking away and you are pursuing them like a beagle chasing a rabbit. Enough Already!

Some folks think they want to be popular or even famous, but I doubt they would be happy with the Paparazzi camping in front of their house or people snapping pictures while they were eating at Taco Bell. At some point they would scream, “Enough Already!”

I heard a famous minister say that many young ministers often ask him how they can be like him. He wondered if they would be happy being away from their families for over 200 days per year. Even things that look wonderful can become enough faster than we think.

People need to find a balance in their lives. We tend to gravitate to the far end of a spectrum. Some folks think it would be cool to be a radical. Radicals are often lonely people. They are greatly admired from a distance, but when you get too close for too long, most folks end up thinking, “Enough Already!”

We greatly admire the Apostle Paul but how would you have liked to buddy-up with him when you read about his sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11: 24-27 (NKJV).

(24) From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
(25) Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;


(26) in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
(27) in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—

See! Case in point, I should have ended my Bible quote at the end of verse 25 because the point was made, yet I kept typing and almost lost you in “perils”. It was Enough Already!

I am afraid many of us would have been like John Mark who had enough and left the first missionary journey about a third of the way. He in essence said, “Enough Already!” To be fair, he later redeemed himself.

I’m not sure what you will get out of this post? My advice: seek a little balance in your life, enjoy where God has you, and who He has put with you! We tend to look over the fence and see bright lights and shiny objects, but it may be a spaceship to a planet you don’t want to go. (It’s a metaphor! I’m not a believer in UFOs—Enough Already! I’m kind of like Jesus, my parables don’t always make sense on the first reading!)

I’m going to go and make me some cheese grits now. If I add too little cheese, what’s the point in the cheese. If I add too much, I have grits in my cheese rather than cheese in my grits. Just enough is just right. How much cheese do I usually put? Just enough. Try it sometime. This post is Enough Already!

Yours on the Journey,

Harry L. Whitt

Angel Feathers

On my first trip to Haiti, a family loaned me their video camera. At that time, they were extremely expensive, but they insisted I take it. Unknown to me, the camera had a loose screw on the eye piece. In the middle of about a hundred school kids or more, it fell to the ground. This little fellow about seven years old tugged on my pant leg and held it up to me. God gave me an angel feather.

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