The Wit & Wisdom of Pappy & Rush

The wit and wisdom of Pappy and Rush…Paul Galyon and Rush Parrott had several nicknames, Paul’s nicknames were “Slim” (because he was tall and slim) and “Pappy”. Rush’s nickname was “Tiny”(because he wasn’t tiny) but most people just called him Rush. The dictionary defines “wit” as a “form of intelligent humor, the ability to say things that are clever and fun”. Here’s a sampling of some of their favorite “witty” sayings…
“I’m only afraid of two kinds of snakes, dead ones and live ones.”
“Every road leads somewhere.”
“With the friends you’ve got, you don’t need any enemies.”
“I take after both of my grandfathers… One ate a lot and the other ate for a long time.”
“I ain’t ever done nothing to nobody.”
“I feel like a lost baseball in high weeds.”
“I treat everybody alike…I give everybody a hard time.”
“Good food won’t hurt you, if you are used to it.”
They worked together, laughed together, had fun together, served our church as deacons together and were in the local fire department together. They loved to tease each other; play jokes and pranks on each other and their “ friends”, although when asked about that, they would always each respond with …”I ain’t ever done nothing to nobody.” On the other hand, They were some of the most dedicated and caring individuals I have ever known. They were always there to support people in time of need. They were dependable and faithful. They were true to their word, if they promise you something, they would do it. 

They were big on commitment but at the same time enjoyed life and people. They loved their family and both lovingly cared for the wives through difficult illness before they passed away. They showed us that both whit and wisdom are important… how to laugh and how to live. That is a good combination. Wisdom is defined in the Bible as the practical knowledge and applying God’s truth in everyday life. They lived that way on a consistent daily basis and had some fun along the way. We could all use some wit and wisdom each day too. 

  

What’s on Your Mind…The Importance of a Healthy Attitude toward Life

“ Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
“The way we view our problem often times… is the problem.” – Wayne Cordeiro
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Englebreit
It is so easy to have a bad attitude and get trapped in the valley of self-pity. It is important to remember that our thoughts often determine our actions.  When we have a bad attitude and let it linger and don’t deal with it, it can grow and can sour even our closest relationships. In addition to that, it’s gets more and more difficult to get people to attend our pity parties… At some point, we need to accept responsibility for our attitude. We may not be able to completely change our circumstances, but we can change our attitude. We are not responsible for every thought that enters our mind, but we are responsible for what we do with those thoughts. There is an old  saying..”You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head but you can prevent then them from building a nest in your hair.” That is so true. 

It is very important to keep track of thought life. Distorted thinking can lead to wrong conclusions…which can lead to to unrealistic expectations, then we  can end up feeling frustrated and discouraged. 

Here are some things I have found to be very helpful in keeping my attitude in the right frame of mind. We can take control of our thoughts by filtering them through God’s Word…”Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8. Ask yourself, is what I’m thinking about , Is it true? is it it honorable? Is it right? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it admirable? Is ti excellent  Is it worthy of praise? If not, then it’s time to think about other things. Make a conscious effort to change your thought patterns by thinking about something better, just like you would to change the channel on your TV by using the remote to watch something else.

One way to accomplish this is to start praying for someone else. Getting our focus off just ourselves and doing something for someone else can help bring about a positive change in our own attitude. We also need to let God guide our thoughts. We do this by committing ourselves and our attitude to God throughout the day… “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind {both its inclination and its character} is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” – Isaiah 26:3 

That is why, what is “on your mind”…is so important. 
  

Life Lessons from the Songs of James Taylor 

I have always enjoyed the music of James Taylor. Here are some of  my favorites…YOU GOT A FRIEND.This has always been my most favorite James Taylor song for many reasons. The music and lyrics are simple yet very powerful. It describes the very best qualities of friendship that I value and treasure, such as “when you are down and troubled and need a helping hand, you just call out my name and I will be there.” That also describes how I feel about the Lord, when I call out His name, He is always there.

Other friendships too, I really feel are a gift that God gives us and it is also a gift that we can give to others. The very famous Bear, Winnie the Pooh described friendship this way: “A good friend will stick by you until you are unstuck.” That is so true. This is also the way, wise King Solomon describes it…“Friends love through all kinds of weather and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” – Proverbs 17:17 (MSG)

CAROLINA IN MY MIND. Because I’m originally from North Carolina this song reminds me of some of the happy times growing up there. It is looking back that we realize how much our our childhood shapes us into we have become who we are now.

WALKING MAN. I like this song a lot. Maybe because I’m a “walking man” and I love to take walks in the mountains or by the sea shore. I also desire to be a person that walks with God. I like to be like the man Enoch described in Genesis 5…”Enoch walked with God.”  To walk with someone you spend time with them, you have to be going in the same direction, and you keep in step with them. Each day that is my goal to take time to talk with God in prayer and let Him guide me through whatever I am doing throughout the day.

SHOWER THE PEOPLE WITH LOVE. One of the most regretful comments I hear at funeral services is that “I wish I had told them I love them more, I wish I had spent more time with them, I wish I had told them how much they meant to me”… The lyrics to this song encourages us to do just that …”just shower the people you love with love, show them the way you feel.” Let people know that you love and appreciate them. Don’t wait until it is too late. Everybody needs to feel loved and appreciated. I like what Mark Twain said: ” I can live two months off a good compliment.” 

FIRE AND RAIN has a catchy tune and the words describe the extremes of life, the good and the bad. I often marvel how life can be happy and sad all at the same time. One of my heroes is Tiffany, she was a member of our church who valiantly fought serious illness but yet had the best attitude about life. She said “Enjoy life. Take it all in, the good and the bad. Don’t look back. Just live.” That is the attitude we all should have as we live life day by day.

YOUR SMILING FACE. This song is upbeat and cheerful. I smile a lot and I like to see others smile too. To cheer someone up and help them laugh a little and smile…I think that is so important. There is enough “gloom,despair, and agony” in this old world. Why not be a “You Got A Friend” kind of person? It will put a smile on your face and others today… 

 

When you can’t “Get Over It”, you can “Get Through It”…

People often say just “ get over it”…but sometimes that is easier said than done. It’s not that you don’t want to get over it, you just feel overwhelmed and frustrated trying to figure out “how to get over it”. Sometimes it requires more than trying to get over it…there are times when we need to change our thought process to “get through it’”. This especially true when it is something very traumatic or life changing. Getting over it implies a quick fix, but a lot situations in life require time to work through issues and possible solutions. Getting through it means you are working on it as you take of other responsibilities in your life.  God can use times like this to refine us and help us to become a better person. Perry Noble has said …“We always want God to change our circumstances, but God wants to change us through our circumstances.” That is so true, He can even use difficult times to encourage us and others as we seek Him to help us through problems we encounter.In our mind, we are often consumed with our problems, so it is crucial to realize God’s perspective is larger than ours. He is not limited to our circumstances.  It is so very important to stay focused on our daily personal relationship with God by talking with Him in prayer. It is also to important to stay close to Him by letting Him to guide us through studying the Bible and allowing His perspective to permeate our thoughts and actions. Seeking wisdom from other people who have been in similar situations can also be helpful in working through our process. Mary Angelou encourages us to “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” The important thing is not to get stuck and stopped in the process. Keep moving . 

One of my favorite writers is Max Lucado; who in his book “You’ll Get Through This”, wrote about all the difficulties Joseph in the Bible encountered in his life. He summed the main application from the life of Joseph this way…“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you’ll get through this.” Another great example from the Bible is found in Isaiah 43:2…“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.When you cross rivers, you will not be hurt. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not hurt you.” 

A popular saying is that “time heals all wounds”. I have found that isn’t always true. Time by itself will not heal everything. It is what you do with that time that brings about healing and being able to “get through it.” What are you doing today, to help yourself and others to “get through it”?