60 & beyond, November

November 1 – I’ve observed an interesting phenomenon in churches:  The Sunday School classes that have longevity are blessed with teachers who teach the Bible with joy.  The classes that soon fade away have “facilitators” who pop in a video and depend upon a discussion guide to propagate the next best-selling product.

November 2 – To never say nothing about anything really means to always say something about everything.

November 3 – I had a thought but I don’t remember what it is.  I actually just said that to a friend because I did and I don’t.

November 4 – A book that accumulates dust equals a brain that accumulates nothing.  At least dust has substance.

November 5 – We make a big deal about leadership, and it is, indeed, that – big.  But equally important is surroundership.  Leaders surround themselves with good people.  Followership is okay but when we engage the task at hand, it’s better to go at it as a team rather than single file.

November 6 – Develop loyalty, don’t demand it.

November 7 – Earn respect, don’t expect it.

November 8 – Many people have a problem with listening, what with the roaring of wind caused by the flapping of lips.

November 9 – As far as we humanly know, nothing is faster than light speed.  As far as we spiritually know, God speed is faster than anything.

November 10 – Today I spent the morning with my dad and a whole bunch of other military veterans.  They and their families were invited to a recognition assembly at a large county high school in central Kentucky.  Students led the event with obvious assistance from staff and faculty.  Several laws and protocols were thankfully broken.  Students led in public prayer.  The orchestra and choir and speakers all embraced their tasks without reservation of drawing attention to God.  Everyone stood for the National Anthem, men and boys removing caps and saluting.  A slide show somberly recognized the county’s fallen servicemen of wars past.  I’m sure I saw a cross somewhere.  Not one but at least two American flags were posted in the room.  Another flag was ceremoniously folded by high school seniors.  Teenage boys in the bleachers began the chant, “U. S. A!  U. S. A!”  The state senator publicly prayed before the meal which followed the event.  Teenagers opened doors for their guests and thanked veterans when one walked by.  The student body, all several hundred of them, were notably respectful.  I think some of the boys carried knives clipped in their pockets, as did I; and when I used it to open an envelope, not one head was turned.  Each veteran received from a student a personal, handwritten letter on notebook paper (front and back), thanking him for his service.  There were no protests, no taking a knee, no pumping fists, no boos and jeers.  All of this restores hope and confidence in the generations of my children and grandchildren, especially in places like this where perfidious men are stared down with patriotic fervor.

November 11 – Two old men, an outdated five ounce hollow chocolate Easter bunny, a thermos of coffee, snacks, and sitting in a truck telling stories in the middle of the deer woods on opening day watching the sun rise.  We didn’t shoot a deer.  Heck, we didn’t even bring a gun, but we saw several that would have been easy pickins’.  But it was the best deer hunt we’ve been on together as father and son.  I’m happy to report, though, that the chocolate Easter bunny didn’t make it.

November 12 – Deer guts don’t look so bad when you’re not the one doing the field dressing.

November 13 – I have a 16 gauge shotgun that has taken every species of game I’ve ever hunted, except bear:  small game, upland bird, waterfowl, turkey, deer, varmints, predators, and even snakes (like I needed a shotgun for that).  In a few years when I’m taking grandsons out hunting, my shotgun will be 100 years old.  I’ll probably feel that old, too, but I expect we’ll both be going strong, at least until the ammo runs out.

November 14 – The problem with having your car’s muffler fixed is that now you can hear everything else going bad.

November 15 – It doesn’t matter the depth of one’s theology.  It matters the depth of one’s faith in Jesus.

November 16 – Avocados are meant to be eaten, not made as the active ingredient in shampoo.

November 17 – Lemons are meant to be eaten, not made as the active ingredient in cleaning detergent.

November 18 – Brussels sprouts are meant to be eaten.  I think that’s all you can do with them, darn it.

November 19 – Jesus does not have two dads.  He does have two fathers, as do I:  an earthly father and a Heavenly Father.  The earthly father raises his son on behalf of the Heavenly Father.  This is nothing new, and hardly politically correct.

November 20 – I can’t wait to get forgetful so I can forget to do things that wear me out.

November 21 – A fine pen and a quality piece of paper invite one’s best penmanship.  A keyboard invites nothing.

November 22 – If I could form an army to fight for Godly values, freedom, truth, and life, I’d choose all the aborted babies in the world.  They’d have something to fight for and heaven help those who’d stand in their way.  Heaven help those who stand in their way now.  Literally, heaven help them.  They need Jesus.

November 23 – Just speculating, but I think 95% of American retail workers are made to work on Thanksgiving Day selling Chinese-made junk like clothes, electronics, toys, and housewares.  The other 5% of retail workers are likely illegal immigrants most likely just very glad to have a job working any day they can selling anything they can.  Furthermore, many of those (legal and illegal) who are made to work on Thanksgiving Day don’t have much of a choice.  Either work or you’re fired.  So, for personal economic reasons, many (if not nearly all) choose to work, some at paltry wages.  Is slavery still alive and well in America, or what?

November 24 – Today, my son is exactly half as old as I am, which means that I should be twice as smart, I think.

November 25 – I had a friend show me their family’s 12 week old Lab puppy.  I commented on how they like to chew on everything, to which my young friend replied that the pup likes to chew on the cat.  Good dog.

November 26 – Texts:  The devil’s script at the gossip fence.

November 27 – Hell hath no fury like my mother in law being told by her doctor to stop driving.

November 28 – You mean, all this time congressmen and kingpins in this country have been making laws and lecturing us by legalizing abortion, legitimizing illegal immigration, lambasting the Second Amendment, laughing at Christianity, and loathing patriotism?  The same people who are dirty-minded, sleazebagged, scumbagged, foulmouthed, and can’t keep their pants on or hands off?  These people have proliferated their millions at the cost of povertizing the masses?  These people have forced upon us their alphabet agenda, their liberal worldview, their joyride to communism?  These people want us to change our moral virtues into vile mores?  These people fathom not the stench of their own excreta while fanning the stink of it toward us?  May Godly men everywhere pray and work for these people to be safely and without harm removed from public office and the public eye.

November 29 – Birthdays tend to sneak up on people as we get older, then they do a full blown assault when we’re too feeble to do anything about it.

November 30 – Chivalry is not dead.  Just ask real men who know how to treat a lady, and how to make a child laugh, and how to be a trusted friend, and how to defend truth.