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A Poem

I was reading my friend’s blog today. There’s a poem that he’s written, that is very good and particularly relevant too.

What’s the Point?


Oh, Lord what calms the belly of the soul?
Each day men seek
and do not find.
Each day false idols to,
men do wrongly bind.


Greed eyes money,
that happiness should bring.
Lust eyes sex,
to make the soul fully sing.


Vigor eyes fame,
from fans that surround.
Age eyes purpose,
from the world around.


Yet all rings hollow
at life’s sunset.
For nothings lasts
past death’s onset.


So are we destined
for pain and despair?
Lord, is life beyond
hope of your repair?


So seem the words
of the wise old king.
Who sought those answers
away from your wing.


After all was said
what did he see?
After all was searched
what was the decree?


Fear God and obey
whatever his command.
For wholly this is
the purpose of man.


Happiness, wholeness
Power and delight
Reside in this.
Life’s made aright.


Promises he makes not
Of life trouble free.
Only that its purpose
will be fulfilled in yee.


For this the savior
did truly die.
Because we’re his
The apple of his eye.


To God be the glory.
Great things does He.
To God be the glory
Great things for me.


Things That Make Me Happy

Recently, my office team was studying the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon, who wrote the book, recommends that we should enjoy life. We were challenged to think of things that make us happy.

So here’s my list:Vanilla
Relaxed time alone with my wife
Telling stories with my kids
Reading books with my kids
Giving gifts to people I care about
Getting Text Messages from friends for no good reason
Coke Zero
French Vanilla Ice Cream
Cooking on the grill
Hearing my kids say cute things
Watching a good movie
Reading a good book
Helping others
Singing and Playing Guitar
Pretty Pictures


Everyday Freight

Just listening to this song this morning. I find Mark Heard‘s songs so relevant to this season of my life.

These lines describe how I feel this morning.

“Ever try to carry water in a basket
Ever try to carry fire in your hand
Ever try to take on the weight of the everyday freight
Til you find that you’re too weak to stand”

from Mark Heard‘s song Rise from the Ruins from the album Dry Bones Dance


No Ice Cream, Dad!

Well, I was walking through the kitchen, and thinking I might like a little something . . . then my eyes saw this note from my 9 year old daughter!

No Ice Cream, Dad


I guess she doesn’t know about “Rocky Road.” Honey, Solomon said I should enjoy life!

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