Echoes from the Campfire

A person was what they were; and many a man at forty was sixty in his ways, and many another was twenty and would never grow past it.”
–Louis L’Amour (Ride the Dark Trail)

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
–Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
Thank you very much Mr. Chad Prather.  Your little comment just confirmed what I’ve been telling folks.  I like my felt hat, and I much prefer it over my straw one.  Both Kim and Shauna keep saying that I should be wearing my straw hat.  So thanks again Chad, I’m from Texas and can wear the one I want.
Let me add to that with the wisdom and words of Mario Martinez that he gave to me last night at supper.  At our mature age of life, not only in years but in action, very few folk can tell us what to do.  So with the go ahead from Prather and the wisdom of Mario I can wear my felt hat.
Folks sure have been good to us as we make this move along life’s journey.  Now, I’m hoping it’s because we’re friends and wanted to say their just goodbyes instead of a way of saying “rid of him at last.”  Annie and I have lived in San Antonio for 22 years and it has been a wonderful place to live.  Tomorrow we close on our house, Lord willing, in which we lived for 20 years.  A person, if not careful, can become too attached to a place, but never to friends.  A friend is a friend no matter the years, the place, or the distance.
But, especially in the last five years, I’ve noticed a great change in this once slow-paced city of the Alamo.  With the Alamo, and its tremendous history, the missions that are here, it seems that people want to hang on to only the fiesta part and move into this modern, enlightened era.  People, once so courteous, now seem angry, or at least anxious.  The politics of the city has gone berserk.  There are yuppies moving in with their lifestyle–are they trying to make San Antonio to be like “New York City”?
Yep, at this point in my life, it is time to follow the leading of the Lord and move to a quieter place.  Get back to the calmness of nature.  Get back into the Word, and do some more writing.  This is definitely a Lord move.  I remember Abraham being told to leave Ur and go to a place the Lord would show him.  Then I recall that Abraham got up and moved from the land to Egypt.  If you read the passage, there was nothing said about the Lord directing him to Egypt.  Abraham made a mess of things there.  But, also notice, God was still with him.  Annie’s Dad once told me that even in bad decisions that the Lord is still with us.
One more little thought.  For all of you folks that are of proper age–start acting like it!  Go back and read Paul’s writing to Timothy, and especially Titus.  A second childhood is nothing but fantasy and not following the direction of God.  Throw out that Peter Pan Syndrome and start acting and being the person that God has called you to be instead of following selfish desires.