Harsh words and regrets

He was the town's Otis, only this wasn't Mayberry and reality wasn't nearly as funny in that lighthearted way. 

All the warning he should have heeded, he did not. Instead, he tarried long at the wine glass, and every other glass, for that matter. He drank more than just enough for his stomach sake, even though drinking cost him in more

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The gifts of Christmas

I can vividly recall standing by my mother's chair as my sister sat in her lap and she read a letter to us from our father.

We were at that age where the concept of long distance was tough to comprehend.

Dad was away as were many young men fighting a war. I knew he was away but that didn't stop me

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Valuable lessons from children

I started a new book, titled, "Lessons My Children Taught Me About God." Some may think that's an odd title but it isn't to me.

I don't know if it is like that for everyone but I can rarely say, do, or think, anything without the concluding thought of God's mercy, forgiveness, and acceptance of me.

This makes every correction one of

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The instructional value of sorrow

I recently attended the Super Bowl football game played by the Etowah Blue Devils. Rocky plays for them and Rocky is one of the kids I mentor.

I was there along with Rocky's parents and grandparents to support him and his team.

It was a hard-fought game, and in the end, Eto-wah won by a score of 6-0.

It

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Of rainy motorcycle rides and Sonsets

Behind me the sky was becoming dark and ominous. I set my face as a flint and refused to look back. 

Instead, I rode ahead with my head bowed just beneath the windshield. Some of the cold raindrops found my face, and many more found my hand.

The drops stung a little as they announced their arrival. Cars passed me by, and

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Giving honor to those who have served

I was waiting with my friends to tee off on the first hole at Will's Creek golf course. There was a twosome ahead of us.

When one of the men turned to face me, I noticed his cap. It had symbols and markings on it that indicated that he was a veteran. I stopped him and shook his hand and thanked

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Fathers needed for children to succeed

"Uncle David, can I come and live with you?" He calls me uncle and sometimes he calls me coach although in actuality I am neither. Every now and then he will call and want to spend the night. When he leaves I know he is full, rested, and has had some fun. It is the least I could do. It

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Just keep swimming; quitting should never be an option

When they pulled her body from the waters she looked like someone who had indeed battled the cold chopping waters of the English Channel.

She didn't know how long she had been swimming but her coach knew and it was he would who threw in the towel.

Fearing she had taken in too much salt water he ordered her swimming companion to

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Lend a hand, change a life

As you enter the RSA building from the art gallery side on Madison Avenue in downtown Montgomery, you will notice a sculpture. At least I have noticed it time after time. It is a sculpture of turtles doing what I believe turtles cannot do - reaching heights that are far beyond them.

Each time I walk by that sculpture, I think

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Worldly possessions do not a man make

When he entered the house, he was surprised to find his young bride sitting at the kitchen table crying.

Before asking her why, he ran a quick inventory of his recent actions, just to check if he had done anything to contribute to her sadness.

Once he was convinced that he had not he asked, “Why are you crying? What’s

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Tough love teaches life lessons


I sat on the steps of my front porch talking to my pastor. Behind us, my son D.J. (who was a toddler at the time) was trying to open the screen door.
    I pretended not to notice, because I wanted to see how resourceful D.J. would be. Apparently having a harder time watching my son struggle, my pastor got

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This rod will not be spared

 There are moments in life when one feels truly free. One such moment is when you are a newly-licensed teenager behind the wheel of your first car.
    That’s what Jason was feeling as he drove his new Mustang home from school. It has been said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Jason got the power part but not so

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Of indifferent lay-ups and personal responsibility

I was standing on the basketball court talking to my son. On this occasion, we did not have the gym to ourselves as we sometimes do. Instead, I was trying to teach another lesson about life.

In mid-sentence, my son turned and took a lazy layup. I called out to him with a little more force and a bit more

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It’s time to man up

As he exited the building and stepped into the warm sunlight, he couldn’t help but acknowledge the beautiful day. He looked around the neighborhood. From the sights and sounds of children playing, he knew he wasn’t alone in his appreciation.

He walked down to the sidewalk to get the day’s paper, careful not to interrupt their games. Some waved at

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Dream may be deferred, but can still be fulfilled

I recently was helping a young man with a homework assignment.

His teacher had assigned the class the project of analyzing a recent poll that was taken and published regarding the status of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.

The students were asked to compare and contrast the student body poll with the adult published poll.

The question

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Life lessons from the gridiron

 It would be an understatement to say we love our football here in the south.
    I have friends who actually count down the days until the first kickoff.
    Just the other day, I was standing on the 13th green when Todd randomly called out a number.
    I was confused because it didn’t sound like a number that reflected his score

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Be aware of the price of flowers

I recently took my family to visit my mother in Union City, Tenn. During our many visits with her, it wasn’t uncommon for Mom to have a list of things she wanted done.

During this particular visit, one of those things on her to-do list was yard work. I tackled the mowing while my dad handled the flowerbed. I like

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Some scars aren’t visible

I walked into the gym and made my way through the crowd to the upper deck. I chose the last row, far away from the crowd. I don’t know why I do this, but I do. My wife believes I don’t like people, but that’s not true. I think it has more to do with being comfortable alone. I like

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Know God, know peace; no God, no peace

I try to live my life so that everyday is a holiday and every meal is a feast. Perhaps those are unrealistic expectations, but I like aiming high and missing instead of aiming low and hitting.

When I taught, I would greet my peers by lifting my hot chocolate cup and saying, “Top of the day to you!” I knew

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High IQ not required

I had recently sold my insurance company and returned to the classroom, and it was the first day of school back as a teacher.

I stood in the office as a lady who I didn’t know threaten me regarding actions she could - and would - take in the event things didn’t go her way with one of my students.

“I

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Clayton, and God’s subtle gifts

Normally, one would find Clayton outside working around Will’s Creek Golf Course, but not this morning.

When I entered the clubhouse, I noticed Clayton sitting behind the counter. We greeted each other as is our routine. I noticed that his work clothes had been replaced by slacks and a polo shirt.

I asked him about the weather. This wasn’t your regular small

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God leads, guides and directs us

My friend Melvin had to track down his high school records to start the process for his Social Security. Somehow over the course of a lifetime his name was misspelled on various important documents. For most of his life, other then the occasional mix-up, this didn’t present a big problem. After all, Melvin knew who he was, and as Shakespeare
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Spiritual, physical reflections differ

As a rule, I never place anything on top of my Bibles.

I don’t believe I was ever told or taught not to do this, but for some reason I just don’t.

I believe my reason may be my small way of reverencing God’s word.

But the other day while cleaning, I inadvertently for just a moment placed a compact mirror on top

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Pastor Jim was a true servant of God

My friend pastor Jim McCord passed away earlier this week. Jim was a mighty man of God! During a season of life when many men would rest on their laurels, he was serving as interim pastor at Ivalee Baptist Church. Every Sunday morning, he would make his way over to my area, shake my hand and inquire how I was

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True independence means taking responsibility

This week we celebrate Independence Day. I know that in our day and time it has become more of a holiday about grilling and fireworks, but that wasn’t always the case.

As I reflect back on the founding fathers and this nation’s Independence Day, I try to envision what were they really celebrating. Of course, the easy answer is that

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Wisdom at the gate, calling

“And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.” Ezekiel 37:3.

That is the scripture that often comes to my mind when I look upon our society. (Our youth in particular) Can we live? Will we make it? Will we endure, and if so for how long?

Perhaps I am

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He is the Potter, we are the clay

He got up from the couch and walked across the room toward the window. He heard the commotion long before he saw anything.

He opened the windows by turning the handle. Slowly the horizontal panes opened enough to reveal a bunch of boys standing in the front yard. In and of itself, this wasn’t an unusual sight. He was, after

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No such thing as hopelessness with God at the helm

Recently during Sunday school, the teacher Roy Pruett asked if anyone in class had ever felt hopeless. As you would expect, everyone raised a hand. Roy didn’t ask anyone to expound, but for the sake of this column, I will.

I imagine hopelessness as an unwanted visitor who interrupts our lives from time to time. It came to visit me

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Of green miles and muddy golf balls

I only play golf on days that end with a “Y.”

I also love to compete, and since running over, through, or around linebacker is no longer an option, I choose to strike a little ball instead.

I usually meet up with a group of my friends, who all share a common goal to bat each other into retirement.

Besides the competition

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Of Memorial Day and a father’s sacrifice

I stepped outside my door to feel the sun’s rays on my face. It was another beautiful day. As I took in the view and looked around my neighborhood, I saw American flags flying in front of many of my neighbor’s houses. I loved that flag and all that it represents.

Since I was a little boy starting my first

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Of global positioning and exasperated donkeys

A friend asked me to accompany him on a trip to Atlanta. He had to take someone to the airport and didn’t feel confident enough to go it alone.

I am no world traveler, but armed with a GPS, I usually get by. I felt certain that it was going to be a case of the blind leading the blind,

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Of dirty dishes and failed reprisals

Rays of sunlight streaked through his bedroom window. He could tell it was going to be a beautiful day. That is, until he heard the command, “Get in here and wash these dishes!”

It was the voice of his sister. It was still early and already she had given her fourth directive.

He wondered why his parents always left his sister

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Our God is detail-oriented

Have you ever given any thought to the fact that there are no two snowflakes alike? I have.

From the moment my teacher first shared that information with me, I was amazed. I wondered how that could be, thinking what a cold job it must be for the snowflake researcher. I pictured researchers walking around the world, knee-deep in snow,

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The Rod of Correction speaketh volumes

They did not recall whose idea it was to throw rocks at the cars as they drove by. Nor did they recall why no one was opposed to such an awful idea.

As they waited their turn, however, the boys wished desperately that someone had said something. If there had been one lone voice of reason, one voice in the

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Edible seaweed and bad manners

The soldiers were in the field, and my parents invited Sgt. Damon’s wife, Kim, to stay with us while the men were away. Kim had only recently arrived in Germany, and I assumed my parents didn’t want her to be lonely with her being so new in the country.

When I arrived home from school, Mrs. Damon was there. I

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God’s ultimate gift keeps on giving

Imagine, week by week, someone who loved you very much, got up, got dressed and went to work. You never actually knew where the work place was, but each time he returned, you could tell that he had been working long and hard, and no matter how hard he worked, the excitement regarding the project never faded. Even though you

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Straightening up and flying right

     My daughters warned him and so did his mother, but he would not listen. He wanted to be heard and he would be heard.
    As I entered the room, those persons who knew better fell silent. As the lone holdout, my youngest daughter whispered,     “Don’t do it.”
    “Dad, I don’t wanna work.”
    Those famous last words

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     My daughters warned him and so did his mother, but he would not listen. He wanted to be heard and he would be heard.
    As I entered the room, those persons who knew better fell silent. As the lone holdout, my youngest daughter whispered,     “Don’t do it.”
    “Dad, I don’t wanna work.”
    Those famous last words

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59th Street Bridge Song, revisited

One summer day, my uncle decided to take me and my cousin Hank swimming.

Keep in mind that this was in the days before grownups knew about hyperactive children.

There were no drugs for kids in those days, but a lot of the parents in our neighborhood used a switch to maintain control and to teach a child self-control.

My uncle

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All things are possible ...

“One man telling another man where he can go, just don’t sit well with me. It sticks in my craw.”

That’s one of my favorite lines from the movie Open Range. The anger and righteous indignation from the characters moves me.

If I had a motto, it would be, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthen you.” I wish that we all

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Never underestimate the gift of time

I love that new commercial where the dad and son are playing catch in the front yard. The scene opens with the son throwing a wild ball. The dad encourages him and then demonstrates the same throwing form. Even though it is funny, what I like about the commercial is the fact the dad is at least there for his

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Fullfilling our role in the Body of Christ

During his first year or so of school, my son experienced his first Black History Month lesson.

“Why black history instead of our history,” he asked his teacher.

By this time, my son’s teachers came to expect such questions from him. Once during reading he asked, “If the letter ‘e’ is silent, why do they put it in there?”

My son is

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Fighting the good fight

For one season in my life, I was demoted to the football scout team. Each day I had to take my talents to the defensive end of the field and practice against the first-string defense.

Scout team is perhaps the most thankless position in any sport. You don’t travel with the team and you are barely acknowledged by your own

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God always leads in the dance of life

Life is a leaf of paper white,
Whereon each one of us may write
His word or two, and then comes night.
Greatly begin! Though thou have time
But for a line, be that sublime,
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.


That’s it, you know? As I reflect back on it all, that poem sums up everything for me. I started out as
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Of ill-advised stunts and nosy sisters

 The two brothers ran as fast as they could through the new fallen snowflakes, the sound of their crunching boots mixing with laughter echoing through the woods. They were foot loose and fancy free, their mother’s warning a distance memory.     “I know it is snowing outside. You boys can play in the snow but
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Some scars just won’t heal

We were best friends, and had been since childhood.

Even though we were only a year apart in age, somewhere along the way I became his protector.

Perhaps it was because I was bigger, or perhaps it was because my dad made me a fighter. Although I resented Dad’s parenting methods, I had to admit they came in handy dealing

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Of lost momentum, falls from grace and old bird droppings

We love our heroes. Whether it is an artist, athlete or entertainer, we love them.

I am reminded of the words of A.E. Housman, “The time you won your town the race, we chaired you through the market place.”

It has been said that momentum is a flickered mistress, but so is fame. One moment you have it and the
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Of lawn maintenance and impromptu revival meetings

I spotted it while mowing the lawn.

It wasn’t hard to see, a small sheet of white paper, adrift in a sea of green grass. I didn’t alter my route; I just continued cutting up one row and down another.

There is something therapeutic about yard work. It clears my mind and floods it with thoughts at the same time.

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The public trough runneth over

Mr. Gibson, who taught government, was my favorite high school teacher. He blew the trumpet and sounded the alarm to a class of high school seniors. Mr. Gibson was outraged at our national debt, which in turn became my outrage. At the time, national debt was approaching a trillion dollars. He hammered home the fact that it was a debt

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To forgive is divine

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne”

These are the introductory lyrics to a song sung around the world as the clock strikes midnight, bringing in each new year. I don’t know all the song’s words, and I marvel at the people who do, but nevertheless it doesn’t stop the song

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Asking for truth doesn’t always bring the responses people want

Rob did everything his parents requested. He showered, put on his favorite pajamas and said his prayers. It was Christmas Eve and he wasn’t taking any chances with Santa’s twice-checked list.

It was tough falling asleep, however, so Rob thought about his year in review instead. Rob tried to be a good boy, honestly he did, but on some days

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Fighting spiritual battles with natural weapons a no-win situation

Lucy stood frozen with her weapon drawn. The bear was nearly upon her now.

Even though she was an expert shot, uncertainty and compassion made Lucy hesitate. Just when it seemed that she was doomed, an arrow struck true, killing the bear.

"Lucy, why didn't you shoot?" asked Susan.

"I don't know,” a trembling Lucy replied. “I guess I wasn't

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From the mouths of children…

I stood in the center of the living room with the front door open. Most of the family was waiting with me. We were trying to load up the car in time to visit my children’s grandmother, who was in the ICU.

As we waited impatiently I called out to my daughter once again.

“Brooke, honey, hurry up, we have

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How I put myself up for adoption

When I was a child, my father often told some amazing tales. Often these tales included stories about him finding me abandoned, hungry and living in a trash can somewhere. My dad told me that he brought me home out of the kindness of his heart. It was only after the family grew to love me that they made the

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Look to God in times of despair

I think part of the appeal of these articles is that we all can relate to our fears, failures, and struggles. Sometimes life is akin to maintain your balance on a slippery deck. Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train. I have had days when the troubles of life hit me
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Up close and personal in the Big Easy

 My youngest daughter is a singer/songwriter. At least that is one of her talents. God has blessed her to excel in that area and she has had the opportunity to enter and win several contests.
    So it came as no surprise to me when she informed us that she would like to audition for American Idol. Now as those

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Encouraging today’s youth

One thing that truly breaks my heart is seeing children not fulfill their potential.

I believe that God has given us stewardship, but a quick glance around shows that we are failing these kids.

For most of the last 10 years, I traveled the state as Director of the Judicial Volunteer Program. My job was to train and monitor citizens throughout

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Let God filter our decisions

A friend of mine recently sent an article regarding the upcoming election. In the article he made a very strong case regarding Jesus’ political affiliation.

“Jesus is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, He is a transformer,” he stated.

I must confess that I have to agree with him on that point. But his article got me to thinking about

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Lost in the translation

When my two oldest daughters started college, I sent them off with a collection of books I believed would do them some good as they transitioned into adulthood.

It was seven years after college when they actually read the books and agreed with me. By that time, however, many of the mistakes that could have been prevented had already been

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Need training wheels? Just look to the Bible

He looks the look.
His pants are sagging and his hair is twisted.
   
At first glance, one would think “tough guy or thug.” I believe he prefers this description. It’s easier to keep people at a distance that way.
   
The image he projects also serves to protect. He isn’t really hard, although he has endured a hard life, but he
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Encouraging kids to rise above circumstances

I recently took a group of young boys to see the movie “Unconditional.”

For those of you who haven’t seen the film, I would strongly encourage you to do so. It is a movie of failure, redemption, love and hope. The movie centers on a long-lost relationship between two old friends. Their paths cross as each is going through

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Feeling pain of 'fitting in'

We recently transferred my son to a new school. He reluctantly mentioned that he was having a tough time fitting in and that all of his classmates seemed to already have friends. 

I tried to think of something positive to say to him, but being an army brat and constantly moving sort of provided me with tougher mindset regarding peers.

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An on-the-job education

  My son recently sent me a text message while he was working. Apparently he was having a rough night because he wrote that he needed an education.

As I looked at the phone, a smile crossed my face. He was growing up and coming to some conclusions regarding his future without any preaching from me. In that regard, the

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As it is in golf, it is in life

 We all stood on the outer edges of the No. 2 two green.  Each player’s position was like the carnal directions on a map. I watched as each individual grabbed a club that he felt would best helped him accomplish the goal of getting the golf ball into the hole.  As I watched, it suddenly
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Keep the right company

 “David, you should never do a half job.”
    “David, you have got to learn to be on time.”
    “David, never give up.”
    “David, your goodness is not good enough.”
    “David, you must be careful, because there are those who are waiting for you to mess up.”
    “David, if you want to be a good athlete you must practice often.”

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Want to be sucker-proof?

 It was the prettiest thing I had ever seen.  It was large, round, and with swirls. The colors looked like raindrops of paint that had fallen on the rooftop of a moving merry-go-round. Willie Wonka was a genius!  I rehearsed my words as we approached the counter. I knew if I had any hope of
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Sharing a cautionary tale

 When I was a child, my dad subjected me to year-round athletic training. He wanted me to be a great football player. Apparently I wasn’t a very wise child, because for the longest I thought we were just bonding. What kid wouldn’t want to play catch with his dad? 

But my father wasn’t content to bond. No, he wanted me

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Running in walk of life

 It was the bottom of the ninth inning with one out to go. Aly stood on first base, as helpless as the well-wishing fans in the stands.  Although she was on first base for the moment, all Aly could do was watch and pray that her teammate would get a hit. Aly’s emotions ran the
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With God, we can rise

  Roy watched with silent pride as his little boy climbed and conquered every object that could be climbed in the house. Josh was at that stage of development when a child climbs or pushes whatever gets in his/her way.  With each conquered countertop or sofa, Josh’s father would clap and cheer. Josh basked in
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Find the right mindset

  The race was between Leroy and Oliver. Everyone knew that. It was a foregone conclusion that the victory would go to one of them. 

Being one of the runners in the race, this conclusion bothered me. I don’t like being a foregone conclusion.

I could never understand why I ran the football so well but struggled on the track.

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It ain’t over till it’s over

The Summer Olympics brings back memories. When I was a teenager, I was enrolled in a program designed to encourage young people to go to college. Not that I needed such encouragement. Back in my day, you couldn’t go pro if you didn’t go to college, and I wanted to go pro. So college was a foregone conclusion for

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No price tag on our relationship with God

  Perhaps the only thing sadder than the shooting tragedies reoccurring in our society is our inability to comprehend them. I find it ironic that after each shooting we are called upon by our leaders to pray. Why is prayer appropriate after these tragedies but inappropriate before?

Now they want more gun control laws. When the trench coat mafia entered

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My week spent quenching a thirst

There was a time when you would be hard-pressed to fine a vacant lot, a basketball court reclaimed by nature or a baseball field with no kids playing on it. During my day it was unheard of. That situation simply didn’t exist. From the moments our feet hit the ground until the sun set and the streetlights came on,

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God won’t let us take a wrong turn

It was the smell of their mother’s cooking that made the boys come inside. 

Their senses were confirmed when they entered the kitchen and there sitting in the center of the table were mom’s teacakes. They licked their lips and widen their eye as they continued to take in the sights and smells

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A present helps in time of trouble

It happened one Wednesday night. We had just come home from bible study. We’re like most families, with everyone in a separate room doing their own thing. My son who was nearly one at the time was playing on the floor in the corner. He is still at that age where he places everything into
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Dirty hands = poor parenting

A renowned pastor recently was arrested for restraining his daughter. There were various reports that she hit her father and he had to take action. 

That recent event reminded me of the time when my daughters walked into the room and said, “Dad may we ask you a question?” 
“Sure,” I replied. 
“When you were a kid, did you

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A Swift glance at our current state of affairs

One of my favorite stories is Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. You may recall that Gulliver awakens on a strange island and finds himself secured by rope and surround by a bunch of little people, called the Lilliputians. They all are about six inches in height and, at first, treat Gulliver kindly. Gulliver eventually falls out of favor with

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Of family relations and faulty engineering

It was going to be a long summer. At least that’s what I was thinking before the boys of summer showed up. 

By boys of summer I mean my cousins, Virgil and Timothy, of course. As you may recall, they would come to Alabama from Chicago to visit each summer. The previous summer, we tried to fly by jumping off

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God’s message does not include questions marks

Let me first say that I am proud that our nation elected a black president. Considering our nation’s history, I believe it speaks volumes regarding the progress we have made along racial lines. 

Let me also say that I always believed that one day that would occur, just as I believe that someday we will have a woman president.

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Of greener grass and lost dreams...

By David Williams He could throw a football 50 yards while kneeling on one knee. He ran a 4.3 second 40-yard dash. He was the pride of his high school, a hometown hero and the hope of his family. He was also one of my best friends and my college roommate. He was going to
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Life lessons in turning the other cheek

One day as I was walking home from school in Fort Riley, Kans., I heard someone shout, “Hey, get out of my yard!”  I turned my head around quickly to see just where the voice was coming from.  “Pardon me?” I asked, not certain if I had heard him correctly.  “You heard me, get out
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These Olympics really are Special

Last week the City of Gadsden hosted the Special Olympics. The event brought back memories of a very valuable lesson I learned while working with the Special Olympics while in college.

There was a time in my life when I was The Big Man on Campus. Some of my football exploits led me to be deceived about my actual…

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Don't set your standards bar low

My tenure as a writer nearly was ended once my mother returned from a recent out-of-town trip and read my article. I assured her that a ghostwriter must have hacked into my computer and submitted the infamous article.  I informed mom that my intentions were not to paint a negative picture of her, but to share with the readers…

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When the laughter turns to sorrow....

I sat quietly in the rear of the chapel. I dared not move any closer, since it was all too heart rendering.  I am fighting back tears and I am losing this fight. It is said that energy cannot be destroyed, but an untimely or early death of a teenager surely comes close. One can
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How much does He love me? Let me count the ways

On the wall in my main room hangs one of my favorite pictures - a painting of Jesus holding the earth in His hand. Behind the image of Jesus is deep space with flicks of stars and distance planets. As He holds the earth, the look on His face is one of concern and compassion. Some…

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Keep true to your convictions

I never imagine that I would see one of my parents in such a state, but there stood my mom, intoxicated. 

It was the night of my mother’s birthday, and she had just returned home from a night of celebrating. To say I was crushed would be an understatement. Like every boy, I placed my mother on a pedestal…

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Poor decisions lead to just consequences

I stood crying in the hallway after receiving some bad news from the coach. Bouncing basketballs could be heard within the gym.

Only a short time ago I was a rising star on my school’s basketball team.

Sports always have helped me make a smoother transition into the various schools I’ve attended. So it was no surprise that I…

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Because you ask not, you have not

The sun was at high noon and burning. I was in the middle of another mission, surrounded by sand. My six-wheel, all-terrain jeep had lost a tire, which meant that five wheels were performing the work intended for six. This situation made travel in the sand slower. 

As best I could, I tried to rearrange the equipment to take…

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Heed the Creator, not the created

My youngest daughter came home one night from bible study crying. When I asked her, what was wrong, she reluctantly shared with me that a girl in her class called her an ‘ugly duck.’ The words I needed were to help her understand jealousy and the various ways it is manifest escaped me. 

Now, I try teaching my children…

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Not your usual bedtime story

I was sitting in my den watching television when my son entered the room, carrying some books and dragging his blanket. 

The fact that I was watching television was of little concern to him. It was bedtime and therefore it was story time. He half-pulled and I half-lifted as we prepared for our nightly ritual. 

Once everything was set, he…

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Early relationships have lasting effects

By David Williams

I must confess that when I read the Bible I often speed read over who begat who. Once I confirm Jesus’ birth line I am ready to move forward. But to move forward so quickly is a mistake that undermines the importance of why we are given that information in the first place. 

The…

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Teach your children

By David Williams I am standing against the gym wall. A young man approaches, smiling at me and shuffling his feet as he walks. His walk is old but his smile is the smile of youth. I greet him and he greets me back.  As he shuffles by, I call out to him, “Pull up
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