New Year 2019 pt. 2


What is my focus for 2019?

Help me to not jump to conclusions and assume that I know what someone is feeling or saying.  In the words of James remind me to be quick to hear and slow to speak. And even slower to judge.

Help me in all things and situations to be gentle and kind.

Help me to speak encouraging words to everyone.

Help me to listen really listen for what is being said and what is not.

God created us to be relational. And it is reasonable to assume that this is the area in which the enemy works the hardest to disrupt and destroy.
As you probably have guessed based on the opening lines of this post this is the area that I feel needs the most work in my life.
I have a wonderful wife, children and grandchildren who love me and friends that I am so grateful for.
But sometimes it is easy to take these blessings for granted. Our greatest enemy in relationships is familiarity and sometimes we allow careless words and actions to wound, to harm those we care about the most.

If I had one resolution for the coming year it would be to resolve to be a better husband, father, grandfather, friend.
To be mindful of the help that I need being human to treat those who I have been blessed to have in my life with the love, patience, kindness, understanding and respect they deserve and need.
To never take for granted the love and friendship they bring to my life. When I am able to do this I know it pleases the One who has made everything possible. The One who has blessed me far beyond what I could ever have asked or imagined. The One who said we show our love for Him by loving others.

Happy 2019 to all of you!


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to New Year 2019 pt. 2

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Happy 2019 Craig. May the Lord fill you with joy as you live for Him.

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