Pray Pay Obey Catholic

Pray, Pay, Obey
Pray, Pay, Obey

What does that mean exactly? Growing up Luthern, in a small Pennsylvania town, there weren’t many Catholics. In fact, I don’t recall knowing what a Catholic was until college.

Well, life comes full circle and here I am, a devoted Catholic for over a decade. There are something like 15,000 members of our Holy Family congregation. All walks of like.

One of them, I see occasionally at Gold’s Gym. We recently had a nice conversation with these highlights:

Draw nearer to God and God will draw nearer to you. James 4:8.

True love doesnt force anything.

Greed, sloth, doubt, hypocracy – the four points in the circle surrounding the four squares.

Pay, pray and obey Catholic. This is how my friend (60-something) described himself.

God does not want good men in heaven, he wants Saints.

Gotta go. Time to work on praying, obeying, paying and demonstrating.

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What Will You Headline Read?
What Will You Headline Read?

We don’t think about death often enough. Why? No idea. Fear, maybe. Not socially acceptable, maybe. I’m not really sure.

But I do know that no one I know thinks death should be dinner table talk.

At the end of the day though, people will talk at the dinner table about us after we’re gone. Some for a few seconds, some for a few days, others may never. And some may never stop.

Here’s a fresh perspective…on “legacy”…

Bob Stewart shares an insightful look at life, our Faith, and our responsibility to both. Take it away Bob….

“Mom called me the other day from Tennessee, where I was raised, to read to me a couple of obituaries. I know – that sounds so exciting, doesn’t it? But that’s what my mom does. She does it to let me know who I should know who either died or is related to someone who died.

But on this last call, she read to me about Albert Hamby, who died at the age of 87. Why should that stand out at all to me? I didn’t let this obituary go without a reverent moment of reflection. Albert was my pastor when I was little – when I made Jesus my Savior. That was and is a spiritual “marker” in my life, and an important person in showing me the way was Albert Hamby.

Are you living a legacy, as Dr. Johnny Hunt said in his book Building Your Leadership Résumé, which is going to outlast you? Are you building “markers” in other people’s lives that, after you are gone, are still there to help others along the way? It could be multitudes or your own family, and it is a question I am asking myself as well.

I am reminded of a song from Steve Green back in the 1980s, called “Find Us Faithful.” In the chorus, he stated, “Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. May the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.”

Again, I ask, “Are you living a legacy?”

Bob Stewart

Wycliffe Associates Vision

Just So I'd Remember The Conversatio
Just So I'd Remember The Conversatio

How big is your vision? No seriously, how big?

We are so tempted to go through our daily motions, and never stretch ourselves in ways we are capable of, but are too afraid to try.

The people who overcome their fear, or at least who attempt to overcome their fear, are the ones who make significant progress in the big issues.

At Chick-fil-A several days ago, I met a foursome of retired Iowans, here in Orlando for the Winter. They work for Wycliffe Associates.

Wycliffe Associates wants to translate the Bible into every language known to man.

What if no one dreamt this big?

What if you don’t dream this big?

My big dream? To help raise enough money to find a cure for an incurable disease.

And yours?

An Interview With God

Is Heaven Up?
Is Heaven Up?

Received an email recently with a short video entitled, “An Interview with God”.

Click here to view.

Happy Birthday Cheryl

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All Time Favorite

Happy Birthday Cheryl. First Johnny, then Margaret, now it’s your turn. Three birthdays in four days.

A simple blog post will not do justice to what I’m feeling and thinking this morning.

To say that we make a great team is an understatement. To say that I could live without you is impossible.

To thank God that your Mom and Dad met, fell in love, and started a Family with you at the center, would take an eternity.

And as you’ve heard me play that Garth Brooks song many times, “If Tomorrow Never Comes“, will she know how much I loved her?

These five daily blogs are as much for you as they are for our son.

Here’s to the future and many more birthdays.