Good morning guys! What’s up?
Heard a story yesterday of a little boy, maybe seven years old, sittin on the street corner tryin to sell a lawnmower.
A man of about 45 came pedaling up on a bike.
The man stopped, looked down at the mower with the handwritten,“4-sale sign,” hangin off it, and asked, “Is this your mower, does it still run, and why ya sellin it?”
The little boy replied yes to the first two, and then said he was sellin the mower to buy a bike.
“Hmmm…” the man thought. “You know, I don’t ride this bike much, and I do NEED a mower…Tell ya what, I’ll swap ya my bike for your mower, and we’ll both have come out ahead here today.”
The little boy agrees immediately, but asks, “Mister, can I take the bike for a test spin?”
The man said, “Yes, of course ya can, and may I start the mower?”
The little boy replied that this would be just fine, hops on the bike and starts circling around the cul-de-sac, happy as a lark!
Meanwhile the man, his face red as a beet, CONTINUES to tug on that mower rope, but the mower hasn’t even attempted to fire off. It’s been a good five minutes or so, and he’s getting a tad aggravated with the dern thing.
He hollers out at the boy, “YOU SURE IT’LL CRANK?”
To which the little boy, who by now is happier than a pig in slob over his stroke of good fortune, hollers back, “Yes sir, she sure will, but ya might have to cuss her just a little.”
“Cuss her a little,” considers the man, then he hollers back out, “Son, I cain’t cuss her a little…I’m a preacher! Shoot, it’s been so long since I have, I don’t even remember… HOW to cuss???”
The little boy shot back, “Just keep tuggin on that rope preacher man…it’ll come back to ya directly!”
Reckon how you’d have reacted?
Myself, I’d just been tuggin on that rope, smiling the whole time, tellin that little feller just how PROUD I was that he was ENJOYIN that bike so well…
Most of my friends, at least the ones who’ve known me for several years, will attest to the fact, that I AM HARD…to get flustered!
I was reading last night, not really anything on my mind to speak of, and ran across a few things that kinda jumped out at me.
It was talking about a vineyard that had been planned, laid out, and constructed.
This was to be a beautiful vineyard, a vineyard whose vines would never want for anything, and would bear fruit abundantly.
The vineyard grew, and the owner settled in for his harvest of sweet grapes.
The vines though, produced only sour grapes.
Again, the owner had provided any and everything to get this particular vineyard to the point where, down the road, it being a great garden, actually…the “perfect garden!”
Yet, although the vineyard did produce, its fruits were bitter, and not of any type of quality.
The owner was so distraught, so angered by this, that he declared…
“Now let me tell you what I’ll do to my vineyard;
I will tear down its hedges and let it be destroyed.
I will break down its walls and let the animals trample it.
I will make it a wild place where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed,
A place overgrown with briers and thorns.
I will command the clouds to drop no rain on it.”
This story of the vineyard is actually a song about “The Lord’s Vineyard,” with the vineyard actually representing…the nation of Israel, God’s chosen nation…
It is told in the Book of Isaiah, Chapter 5.
Israel had turned away from God, stopped doing God’s work, and because of this, was destroyed.
This was God’s punishment for their sins, allowing Assyria to conquer and destroy them.
Also during the prophet Isaiah’s time, Israel was divided into two nations, Israel and Judah.
Judah had been spared for the time, and Isaiah evidently had come as a prophet for mainly Judah, but his word was for Israel also.
This “song,” was to warn Judah of the consequences it faced, and eventually it received from the Assyrians as well…
When people see no distinction between good and evil…
Destruction soon follows.
This statement is so true in so many different ways, yet look around you today.
Do you recognize the Country you grew up in?
Do we still display an outward appearance as a nation with morals, integrity, compassion, patriotism, and strong Christian values?
How bout people coming freely, openly, and LEGALLY, to experience what the United States of America represents…a nation where ya get outta something, what ya put into it?
You work, sacrifice, save, and through this, in your own way live out a dream. A dream to better yourself, and your family.
“The American Dream.”
The dream that let you lay down a foundation acquired through a hard, honest, work ethic that allows your children the opportunity to start their own careers, possibly a rung up the ladder than your start.
This…to be your legacy.
What legacy do far too many leave their children today?
A legacy of what others work for is in fact…yours too.
An e-mail from a good friend today, explains it much better than I.
It simply states….
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
So, the legacy today we as Americans leave to our children and grandchildren, is a legacy brought about by our government.
A legacy where our Country owes YOU something, not, you owe our Country a debt, simply because of the freedoms it has provided for us…all throughout our history.
Our legacy today is simply…
A legacy of entitlement.
Without getting further off into this particular topic, let me ask you this?
Is our Country today heading down the same path of Israel, and Judah?
Parents killing their children. Children killing their parents. Children killing children.
Religious freedom becoming a thing of the past to many.
Leaders of our Country, many whom have never known God.
Dr. Benjamin Carson speaks of “Godless leaders.”
Listen to him…
Christian morals questioned, or even ridiculed.
Looking back on history, does any of this story, the story of Israel and Judah sound familiar?
HE will send a signal to distant nations far away and whistle to those at the ends of the earth.
They will come racing to Jerusalem.
They will not get tired or stumble they will not stop to rest or sleep.
Not a belt will be loose, not a sandal strap broken.
Their arrows will be sharp and their bows ready for battle.
Sparks will fly from their horses hooves,
And the wheels of their chariots will spin like a whirlwind.
They will roar like lions, like the strongest of lions.
Growling, they will pounce on their victims and carry them off,
And no one will be there to rescue them.
They will roar over their victims on that day of destruction like the roaring of the sea.
If someone looks across the land, only darkness and distress will be seen;
Even the light will be darkened by the clouds.
Could this be possible in regards to our Country, and the path we’re headed down, through reverse racism, political correctness, the destruction of a work ethic, indoctrination of our children through a school system no longer educating…but advocating.
Advocating an agenda where right is wrong, and wrong in fact, is right.
An agenda…of entitlements.
When people see no distinction between good and evil, destruction soon happens.
Could this possibly be the end result?
It could be…
You guys have a great day, and God bless you, and yours!
Be sure to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!
Dub and Deb