My Shadow

Influencing Like a Mosquito

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)An old African proverb says, "If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito."But I had.My maternal grandmother, Grandmammy, lived in an old...

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Seasoned With Love

I couldn’t have been more than ten or eleven years old.  It was a hot, Summer afternoon and I decided to cool off by taking a swim in the river that ran down the hill from our home.  The water was cold and my dog jumped in to splash around with me.  After a while I...

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Who Influences Whom

There's a story that Thomas Wheeler, CEO of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, tells on himself. He and his wife were driving along an interstate highway when he noticed that their car was low on gas. Wheeler got off the highway at the next exit and soon...

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No One Cared When He Died

I've officiated at many funerals and attended even more. Some home-goings draw thousands who come to say goodbye to a good friend or influential person and to express sympathy to the family. Others draw only a handful; either the deceased had no family living or very...

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Who’s Influencing Who?

"Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions." Psalm 119:61 NLTAfter a few weeks of hanging around with him, I began to wonder who was influencing who. My father had just returned to the denomination of his upbringing and had...

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