Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wisdom from Laffy Taffy

I was eating a piece of grape Laffy Taffy when I turned it over took look at the jokes on the back. The first one was as lame as one would expect.

Q - Why did the Doctor’s family never get to see him?

A- Because he never makes house calls.

I know what a really knee slapper. Sorry, but I had to share it to tell you about the next one. It read as follows.

Q - What have you seen that you will never se again?

A - Yesterday

Who knew what thought provoking depth could come from the back of a candy wrapper. The said truth is that this nickel candy is nothing more that the harshness of reality. Yesterday is not just so five minutes ago, but it is fast and fleeting. It is here and gone before we know it. Think of all those yesterdays and all the missed opportunities reminded me of Kyle Lake. You might that he was the pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco and that we passed a way in baptismal/electrocution accident. Kyle was known for his oft-recited benediction of "May we love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the fullest." With a personal mantra like this, how can one be filled with the regrets of yesterday. Seems hard. But Kyle has always had a sense of urgency in the way he lived. He was known also for his prior phrase of “In Him, we live, move, and have our being." It was a personal paraphrasing of Acts 17:27 that he used since he began preaching. For a man that pursued God with such gusto and verve it is only fitting that the last moments of his life were exercise trying to fulfill the Great Commission by baptizing a young woman. His death is a tragedy, but his life as a model of living for Christ, is a sincere commentary on how Christ affected him.

The Apostle Paul put such thing this way, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.Phi 1:21 ESV. This verse has been a heart verse fro me ever since I was it on a t-shirt back in high school. Let us remember to be doers of the words, not just hearers and sitters of the Gospel.

Please pray fro the Lake family, the UBC family and for the young lady that was supposed to be baptized.

  • Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.
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