Monthly Archives: February 2016

They have enabled me to follow my dreams

dreamI have been able to live, well and comfortably, for almost two years now without an employer. Instead of working demanding hours in mediocre conditions for awful people, I’ve made my way using every skill I have to trade with others what is necessary to provide a home to my family. Instead of mundane, repetitive clicking of a mouse, or the foul stench of petroleum contamination on my clothing, I have been able to make a real living, and be a great father as well. Because of this, I owe a very great debt of gratitude to Jim and Cathy Forth. They have both had me assist them in improving their lives and homes and as such have bridged the gap for me between music lessons. They have enabled me to follow my dreams.

Jim is no longer with us unfortunately. He was a brilliant link to the past, and a warm loving man from the old school. He insisted on me fixing a table that I told him really should not have been fixed, and I insisted on building him a staircase in lieu of his ridiculous step-class contraption he used to get into his house (that nearly killed many). While mixing concrete, he’d tell me war stories and tales of my son’s legendary Great-grandfather. He took credit for the lineage of art and music instructors in my wife’s family, who’s torch I carry. He taught me about making my money work for me and not the other way around. Working for him was never a day of work at all. He stormed the beaches at Normandy. He carried the Purple Heart. His eyes and mind were alive and lively when talking about Benjamin. Give ’em Hell Jim. He’d laugh when I said that.

if you do, you would have ministered to someone today and God will bless

God will bless

Several years ago, a preacher from a distant town accepted a call from a church in Leeds. Some weeks after his arrival, he had an appointment that made him to board a bus to another part of the town. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him his balance in excess of 50 pence. As he considered what to do, he thought within him, ‘You’d better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it’. Then another thought came, “Oh, forget it, it’s only 50p; who would worry about this little amount, afterall the bus company makes so much money on fares; they will never miss it. Accept it as ‘a gift from God’ and keep quiet. “When he was getting down from the bus, he paused momentarily at the door, and then handed the 50p to the driver and said, ‘Take; the balance you gave me was in excess’. The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes I am’, he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about where to go to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you a balance in excess. I’ll worship with you at the church this Sunday. When the preacher stepped off the bus, he grabbed a nearby electric pole, looked up and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for 50 pence!’. Our lifestyles are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is just a subtle example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your forehead and shoulders, once you say you are a Christian. ‘Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny’. I’m glad a friend forwarded this to me as a reminder and I chose to forward it to you. If you don’t pass this on to anybody, nothing bad will happen to you; but, if you do, you would have ministered to someone today and God will bless