Mar 14 2012

Old Fashioned Courting

Remembering how simple dating used to be.  Before email, text, and tv

Maybe for your grandparents…there was no online match site…or reality show where one guy dates 12 women at the same time…and that seems okay.

It’s interesting the same day there was a finale of one of those reality TV dating shows, I saw a story on the news about the opposite.  A long old fashioned romance that started with love letters.

A boy, noticed a girl who was quite the catch, and respectfully wrote her letters “courting” her. 

He said he loved “the sunshine of her smile”

In another one he said,  "nothing so fine ever happened to him or anyone else as falling in love with thee...my dearest heart.” 

Oh that’s good…the Bachelor never said that.

The girl finally agreed to see this romantic boy after that letter…and on the first date he asked her to marry her.   

She accepted and as they say the rest is history.  Richard and Pat Nixon were married for 53 years. 

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Mar 13 2012

Forgiveness

Read this thing a friend gave me...it really makes you think...about letting others off the hook…or letting yourself…

Wondering what you think about it…you can leave me a note here or call me 800-900-1300.   

From "Three Free Sins" by Steve Brown

There is a great story about a little boy who killed his grandmother's pet duck. He accidentally hit the duck with a rock from his sling-shot. The boy didn't think anybody saw the "foul" deed, so he buried the duck in the backyard and didn't tell a soul.

Later, the boy found out that his sister had seen it all. And she now had the leverage of his secret and used it. Whenever it was the sister's turn to wash the dishes, take out the garbage, or wash the car, she would whisper in his ear, "remember the duck". And then the little boy would do whatever his sister should have done.

There is always a limit to that sort of thing. Finally he'd had it. The boy went to his grandmother and, with great fear, confessed what he had done. To his surprise, she hugged him and thanked him. She said, "I was standing at the kitchen sink and saw the whole thing. I forgave you then. I was just wondering when you were going to get tired of your sister's blackmail and come to me."

If you're tired of the manipulation of the duck, you're free. God saw you do it, and you're forgiven.  So go out and offend (or maybe bless or love) someone!

I don't know if it resonates with you, but it did for me.  I don't want to be that sister.  I don't want to constantly hold things over people’s head.  It's not fair.  God doesn't do that.

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