Echoes From the Campfire

Nothing in his life had prepared him for things to turn out right.  Whey they did, he was pleased, when they did not, he was ready.”
               –Louis L’Amour  (The Quick and the Dead)

     “Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.”
               –Proverbs 25:4 (NLT)
Friday!  Time to start thinking of the weekend but don’t go forgetting your duties and chores of the day.  Don’t be so anxious that you don’t get things done right.  I’ve been told never to purchase a car made on Friday or Monday.  People make mistakes on Friday because they are looking for the weekend.  People make mistakes on Monday because they are hungover or are still tired from the weekend.  Problem I always had with that saying is how does one know when the vehicle was made?
                    “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
                                     –Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)

Take a look at these and ponder the truth.  We sure do like to make excuses instead of getting on with life.
           When a horse dies, it will do no good to:
                1) change riders
                2) move the body to a new location
                3) get a sharper pair of spurs
                4) say, “It’ll be all right.  We’ve always ridden horses like this one.”
                5) complain about the state of horses these days
                6) tighten the cinch
                7) blame the horse’s parents
                8) have a committee work out a plan to get the horse back on its feet.
                                 (Texas Bix Bender)
     My Grandpa Adkisson was a great storyteller.  I remember him saying that the only difference between him and George Washington was that Washington said he couldn’t tell a lie.  Grandpa said he could lie, but chooses not to do so.  So when Grandpa told a story, they were true.
     He also was quick with a reply.  One time he and I were fishing up in Nederland, CO.  Grandpa didn’t talk much when fishing.  We had been there a while when I spoke up, “Grandpa!  Do you see that tick on that tree across the lake?”  To which Grandpa replied, “Can’t see him from where I’m sittin’ but I could hear him walking.”  Then he chuckled and said, “Thought you got me that time, didn’t you?”
     I was reading from a book the other day and came across this.  “A big city preacher requested grandpa to give him a statement of commendation for his new book.  Grandpa hated to decline, but had to on the grounds that it was not exactly in keeping with his views.
     The author replied, ‘You can’t appreciate it, because you never wrote a book.’
     ‘No,’ retorted the country preacher, ‘and neither have I ever laid an egg, but I think I’m a better judge of an omelet than any hen in the world.'”  (Leroy Brownlow)

Here’s one more from Brownlow’s book.
     “A man who always prayed the same prayer word for word was leading the congregation.  They could go three words ahead of him all the way through.  Part of it went like this: ‘Oh Lord, since we last called upon thee, the cobwebs have come between us and thee.  We pray that thou wilt remove the cobwebs that we may look upon they face once again.’
     Just at this point, grandpa spoke a little louder than he intended, ‘Oh Lord, kill the spider.'”
A little fun today.  Smile, you just might shock somebody.  And remember, “You can’t convince a rooster he doesn’t know as much about singin’ as a mockingbird.”