Why Not Start Here?
I was in the Jimplecute office the other day to place an ad for our upcoming revival at Hickory Hill Baptist Church. While doing so, I was asked if I would be interested in writing an inspirational column for the paper. With a little thought to the matter, I said I would be happy to and went on discussing the ad layout.
Then it came up again because it was a vision on the staff’s part to have community church leaders contribute each week’s content. Mica began to give me her thoughts on the process of getting the column into the paper and what she thought would be a good to include. I, on the other hand, began to think of my vision as a lad and beyond reading “The Country Parson” in Hoard’s Dairyman and The Progressive Farmer magazine. Some of you may have your other sources – maybe GRIT paper? So, again I said yes.
Last week, Mica said, “I’m ready for your copy!” and as I was trying to think of what to say to be an inspiration to someone, I found that that someone was me.
The focus of the day is all the problems in America. For me, however, my focus is right here in rural East Texas. It is not an issue that is far away. It is here. It is home. The dependence on electronic entertainment whether it be movies, television, Facebook, etc. delivers quick, instant content that is also often inaccurate and sometimes downright wrong.
So, let’s just sit back for a moment and disregard age. Oh, you say, “Young people don’t care for this,” and some will say, “I’m too old to work at changing things.” Well, have you lost your “vision” of a younger time? Have you inquired of a young man or woman, irregardless of their age? Have you shown someone you care about them or about the environment that surrounds them (I’m speaking spiritually here, not about nature)? If your vision is still in your heart, what difference does age matter? We of the “Do I get an old folks discount?” at the diner have the wisdom that many young people of the, “I know all that; it was on the internet” age need right now.
The instruction book of the ages, The Holy Bible, has the answers. Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” We must have a vision. Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Jesus said “Love thy neighbor.”
The old saying “People don’t care how much you know – until they know how much you care.” Pick someone up, carry them to get a soda. There may be someone standing next to you every day that needs a word of encouragement – just do it. Tell someone “I love you.” It works miracles, especially when it is in your heart and you have a vision of a better world.
It has to start somewhere. Why not right here in the country where the someone of the past meets the promise of the future.
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