For the Men in Grubby Ole Caps

NOTE: Happy Father’s Day! This post is about hardworking men with dirty fingernails because it is Father’s Day, but we love and appreciate hard working women too!

I have an old grubby cap they I usually wear when I’m working outside. It has never been washed and probably never will be. At this point it has its own history. It was promotional cap from a business, so I got it for free. The ole cap is well broke in about like me. There are some frayed threads, stains, and the dark color has faded from the sun and rain. When I eventually throw it away, I will revisit a few memories.

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Pain Hurts!!!

We have a skillet with a removeable rubber grip on the handle so you can use the skillet in the oven. This week we cooked some garden fresh yellow squash with slices of onion sprinkled in olive oil in that skillet. Shortly after it was removed from the oven, I was going to move it and without thinking I grabbed the hot handle without a pot holder. Ouch! It took a nano-second for me to let go. I put my hand under tap water and I was fine. Pain hurts but it helped me to let go!

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Disappointment

I suppose disappointment is a human condition that affects us all. We often wallow in the disappointment in ourselves and boil over our emotions in the disappointment of others.

There is a portion of scripture I often default to in times of disappointment that shakes me back into reality. It is in Proverbs 13:12a (NKJV), “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” My paraphrase is, “Expectations not met, breaks the heart.”

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Where Do We Go From Here?

PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES OF UVALDE, TEXAS!

It is horrible thing when two neighbors have a quarrel, and one kills the other. It is so unthinkable when an evil person kills at random one or more who are innocent and vulnerable with whom he had no quarrel. It is unthinkable because normal, descent folks just cannot imagine why anyone would do such a thing—it is unthinkable.

There is the usual rush to put a “why” on the “what”. Most of us who have an ounce of compassion first think about those in our lives who approximate the same age as the victims, then a deep sick feeling wells up in our souls to the point we quickly change the channel in our mind to something less painful. We whisper a prayer for the hurting while our souls scream, “WHY?”

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Arrogance of Mankind

We find ourselves attracted to confident people but at the same time appalled at arrogance. It is a thin line from one to the other. As a person of faith, I find it unthinkable and sickening to see a person being arrogant toward God.

Recently when I was praying, in my prayer I was praising God for Who He Is. I almost became convicted with the absurdity of my prayer. How could I even imagine who God really is? His greatness is so beyond me.

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The First Woman’s First Day (Mother’s Day)

The fellowship of Adam with God was complete. His worship of God was flawless. This was why he had been created. Mankind was the reason God had created this lush, verdant creation called Earth.

God so desired to bring all of mankind from one created being, all people would be of one blood. In Adam was all who were ever be conceived. He was the complete creation formed and brought forth by God. Through him, all others would come forth from his genetic pool.

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Suffering and the Kingdom

I remember some of the old timers from our valley and ridges talking about folks who were going through difficult times and using the rhetorical phrase, “I don’t know how they have ‘walkin’ around sense?”

That’s the truth. When you look at the suffering of some folks, you think, “How do they keep their senses about them?” I am amazed how some people go through horrific things and seem to weather the storm with supernatural strength. Well, it is with supernatural strength. God gives the that extra “Umph!” to get them over the line.

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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

Simply Put

Simply Put

Put me in a family to love
Put me in a community to serve
Put me in Your Kingdom to sacrifice

Put Your Word in my ear to hear
Put Your Word in my heart to believe
Put Your Word in my mouth to speak

Put something in my hand to give
Put compassion in my heart to heal
Put bread in my hand to share

Put me in a place to trod
Put me in Your field to work
Put me in the world to shine

Put me in the line to stand
Put me in the battle to fight
Put me in the war to win

Put me in Your altar to pray
Put me in Your heart to worship
Put me in Your hand to die

—Harry L. Whitt