Something Good …

Today is James Whitcomb Riley’s Birthday.  If you don’t know who he is – you should.
I Ran across this poem by Riley today and I think it expresses my concept of preaching and the thoughts I try to share in this blog.
Somep’n Good
Somep’n ‘at’s common-like, and good
And plain, and easy understood;
Somep’n ‘at folks like me and you
Kin understand, and relish, too,
And find some sermint in ‘at hits
The spot, and sticks and benefits.
We don’t need nothin’ extry fine;

‘Cause, take the run o’ minds like mine,
And we’ll go more on good horse-sense
Than all your flowery eloquence;
And we’ll jedge best of honest acts
By Nature’s statement of the facts.

So when you’re wantin’ to express
Your misery, er happiness,
Er anything ‘at’s wuth the time
O’ telling in plain talk er rhyme–
Jes’ sort o’ let your subject run
As ef the Lord wuz listenun.

Happy Birthday Mr. Riley and thanks for all the great words and stories!

Searching for the Good Life

I ran across a lost and found box today and it had me thinking … If only the lost and found box was where all that we are looking for could be found … Even if the box existed, could we even find it?

Enter Professor Solomon. He is, according to his biography, a magician with a degree in English from Harvard, but Professor Solomon is also a findologist—an expert at finding lost objects. He has a book about finding lost things and in it he lists 12 principles for finding anything that is lost.

Principle One: Don’t Look for It

Something’s lost, and your first thought— your basic instinct—is to look for it.
You’re ready to start rummaging about.
To hunt for it in a random, and increasingly frenetic, fashion.
To ransack your own house.
This is the most common mistake people make.
And it can doom their search from the start.
I know you’re eager to find that lost item. But not yet. Don’t look for it yet.
Wait until you have some idea where to look.

You can check out the other 11 principles and make up your own mind if it works. I was enthralled with the first principle, especially as it relates to Finding the Good Life.

We all want the Good Life. We all are seemingly searching for the Good Life and so few of us are finding it. Perhaps, Professor Solomon is onto something … Don’t look for it yet. Wait until you have some idea where to look. Maybe in our zeal to find the Good Life … we all have started looking for the Good Life without any idea of where to begin the search? Thank you Professor Solomon for the reminder and the practical advice.

Now before you going telling everyone about how wise the professor is, let me remind you of the words of the Great Master Teacher:

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things (The Good Life) shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 (my addition)

Not only did Jesus tell us how to find the Good Life, but he also told us exactly where to look.

See you Sunday … I’ll be the one smiling … good to know in my search for the Good Life that I am looking in the right place! How about you?