August 4, 2021

Pastoral Nuggets: Things I Heard Somebody Else Say While on My Way Somewhere Else

As most of you know, I am a High-Tech Redneck Preacher. I carry my iPhone with me most everywhere I go.

And when I hear somebody say something profound, I whup that thing out, open the notes feature, and quickly write down whatever it was I heard them say that I liked.

I have to do it quickly, because if I do not, I will forget it!

Then, when I am seeking inspiration, I go back and open up the notes feature on my phone and read the Pearls of Wisdom I recorded.

Such is the case with the column today. It is simply a compilation of things I heard somebody else say while I was on my way somewhere else.

My wife and I enjoy watching American Idol.  Lionel Ritchie, of the Commodores fame, is one of the judges.

Lately, I have found some of the things he tells the contestants to be very profound, for example:

  • “Sometimes in your career, other people can see your potential before you can see your potential.  In your rawness, you have no idea what you have.”

  • “There is no such thing as failure.  When you win, you win.  When you lose, you learn.” (Wow!)

  • “If you focus on your past, you will trip over your future.”

And it was Katie Perry who said, “Some of the greatest artists had the most pain in their life.”

  • “If God has your heart, He has all of you.” (Unknown)

  • “I wanted a perfect ending.  Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end.  Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what is going to happen next.  Delicious ambiguity.” Gilda Susan Radner. (1946-1989) American actress and comedienne.

  • He told about how that when he parked his truck in the church parking lot, he and his wife got out and began to walk toward the church.  He instinctively turned to make sure his daughter was following.  The following is a quote from his blog: “She wasn’t there. The grief that struck me was overwhelming.  Life sucks sometimes.  I know that is not a deep theological term.  But we all have moments in our life when situations suck.” Randall Maddux, my Administrative Assistant’s husband, regarding his first trip to church after the tragic COVID-19 death of his thirty-two-year-old Special Needs daughter, Andrea.

  • “I keep my eyes open and my phone down.”  Destiny – my waitress at Gus’ Grille in LaGrange.  We were discussing how to be successful in life.

  • “Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes.” (Unknown)

  • “One of the best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem.  If you break your neck, have nothing to eat, or if your house is on fire, then you have a problem.  Everything else is an inconvenience.”  Robert Fulghum, American Autor

  • “Excuses are tools of incompetence.  Those who use them are Masters of Nothingness.” Lakisha Webb.  Lady I ran into at Cato’s in LaGrange while watching my wife shop.

  • God saved Saul of Tarsus.  There is hope for us! (Unknown)

  • Better to debate an issue and not resolve it, than to resolve an issue without debating it.” (Unknown)

Again, these are just a few, “Things I Heard Somebody Else Say While on My Way Somewhere Else.”

Brother Aaron

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