Good evening and all aboard the LifeTrain…Next stop…The Church, “MAIN” (see right).
Hey fellow LifeTrain passengers, have you ever thought that the reason we canâ€™t get clear in our minds sometime is because we have so many things cluttering our minds and lives. We have so much mental chatter we canâ€™t hear ourselves think. We have so much emotional baggage we canâ€™t feel whatâ€™s good, whatâ€™s bad, whatâ€™s right or whatâ€™s wrong. We want so much, so fast, that we canâ€™t get clear about what to do first. The first thing we have to do is get clear about the one thing we want. We must describe it, identify it, and see it in our possession. Donâ€™t stop to worry about how, that will create more clutter. Just want it and see it the way you want it. Once you do that, eliminate everything that is not getting you to what you want. Eliminate it from thought, word and deed. Eliminate people if necessary. Stop doing things that will not get you what you want. When you are comfortable with the energy you have put into your first want, move on to the next one. The trick is to want one thing at a time. Focus on it. Concentrate on it and then let it go.
I can truly say that I have been blessed with a plethora of friends. I have got to get back to my obituary soon (see Obituary right). …but I digress, one such dear and faithful friend is a high powered executive type person. We’ll call her Al for short. She challenged me to see if I had the guts to send this on…he he, if you read my cousin’s (Deacon Dan) last couple of messages you know the Dans’ are up for the challenge of witness. Before I share her challenge, I’d ask that you keep her lifted in prayer. She works for a company that I came from long ago. Let me tell you how stressful that place is.
THIS IS A TRUE STORY
I used to be at this same place, at her level, Senior Manager. While there I had a girlfriend (I call all my friends who are women “Girlfriends”; J was married …ok). We’ll call her “J”. Things were so stressful for J and I. I AM NOT saying that things are not hard for people of all color, but hey, I gotta call it. It was SO VERY tough for us…a story for another day. Anyway, J and I used to come in one another’s office each day and pray for strength to make it through the day. I’m serious yall, it was that tough! J and I made up what we thought was a joke. We laid a dollar on a bible she kept in her office. We joked that things were so tough that one of us was going to have a heart attack and drop dead in that place. To elaborate, all I can say is that it was a crisis management place with far reaching implications on a National level; can’t say any more…
One day J was walking back from lunch, Building A to Building B. As she walked into the lobby, she was called home, she dropped dead…they could not revive her. Now check this out! Some of the powers to be came down, took a look at her lifeless body…and just went on back to business as usual. Tell me why that did not surprise me…
Take care of yourselves guys. My Daddy used to caution me, Boy, slow down he would say, you drop dead all they are going to do is wheel in another body to replace you!
Anyway, that is why I am so adamant about the physical part of Chuckie’s challenge.
I have never shared the following but I almost lost that dollar. I was too ashamed to share this with anyone, I guess it was a “Man” thing, but since I vowed to talk about my weight loss saga, here’s part of it from the 1990s. One day I was going up the elevator at that place and I almost blacked out. My heart started racing…I felt like the life was leaving my body…I had to grab the rail. My dumb butt, All I could think about was getting up off of my knee so no one would see me like that. We men can be some of the dumbest…
I did have the sense after that to go too the doctor; my blood pressure was sky high. I was almost hospitalized, but the doctor opted to put me on bed rest for 12 weeks due to exhaustion. Now check this out…they wanted to put me on Phen Phen…to bring down my weight. Thank God I just decided to use that time to begin an exercise program and rest…again this was back in the 90s…there were other yo yo weight gain and losses since then, more later. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if I had started that drug therapy. My good friend Maxwell’s aunt went that route; she is a millionaire, but now she has to have an oxygen tank with her 24×7 and she can barely talk.
My friend Al…she’s now there…going through the same “Fire”. Pray for her yall. She is a wonderful and beautiful Christian woman. Please lift her up…send up the Timber for her and my other sisters who are in the role of being …”The Man”. Pray that soon they can just be….what God intended them to be…”The Woman”. When I say the woman…I MEAN THAT GOD’S WILL BE DONE IN THEIR LIFE AS HIS DAUGHTERS….ok?
Lift up all our women like Al and those others who are in a position of extreme authority, which of course brings on extreme mental and physical stress. I have MANY other close girlfriends in similar situations. Recently a girlfriend of mine told me that she did not want to be specifically mentioned here by name so we will call her “Daughter”, one of God’s Daughter’s, please pray for her as well. She’s holding it down and I mean BIG time in a league above that which most of us might never be ordained to obtain in corporate America, pray for Daughter please.
Yet another very high powered executive type, we’ll call her Pete. She recently told me that she was finding life so very hard because she basically had to be the “MAN”, A MAN, during the day. When the bell tolls for her (EOD – End of day) she just wants to be a woman so bad. Well, Pete, I am sure God will give you the desires of your heart Pete, hang in there.Â My Gurl, Willa…Raising two young men while holding her own in the world of banking and executive management…Stay strong my sister!Â The list go on and on…
And…I gotta mention my beautiful and wonderful sister and friend…Dee Todd. Dee is a remarkable woman that I will be writing a lot about in upcoming entries. Pray for Dee please, she is the AD at North Carolina A&T…AGGIE PRIDE! Dee has some serious challenges and she is very much “Handling HER BIDDNESS!”.
DID I JUST GO OFF ON A RABBIT TRAIL OR WHAT?
Anyway, can you believe that this is actually the real point of all this? My girl Al, she sent me a challenge today that I would like to pass on to the passengers on the LifeTrain. So…after reading this, will you have the guts to refer people back here or copy and paste it on to your brothers and sisters?
PS. Isn’t it ironic how this ties in with what Deacon Dan spoke about recently in his series…”You’re Crazy”…
Al’s Challenge (From AL):
This Pastor has guts!! Thought you might enjoy this interesting Prayer
given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems Prayer
still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open
the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual
generalities, but this is what they heard:
“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and
to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those
who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our
spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it
freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin
and set us free. Amen!”
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during
the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where
Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of
those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international
requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa, and Korea .
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, “The
Rest of the Story,” and received a larger response to this program than any
other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep
over our nation and whole heartedly become our desire so that we again can be
called “one nation Under God.”
If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. “If you don’t
Stand for something, you will fall for everything.” Think about this:
If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than
30 days it would be heard by the world. How many people in your address
book will not receive this prayer….do you have the….
Guts to pass it on?
If you are like me, sometimes in life we come across some things said about ourselves that are very hurtful. For example if you attended “The Church” this past Sunday Deacon Dan gave a few illustrations. Well…You know, it’s like this, we are capable of directing and determining the outcome of any and every situation we face through the power of thought. However, have you noticed that many of us (myself included) do not realize our true power, we cannot realize the truth of the statement:
â€œNo one can do anything or make you do anything unless you let them.â€
The key is to be honest with ourselves and others at all times, keep our thoughts focused on the best possible outcome …for everyone involved and never allow ourselves to be pushed where we donâ€™t choose to be. If someone called you a grape, we probably wouldnâ€™t respond. But if that same person refers to you as a coon or spade, we would most likely hold them responsible for your reaction. No one but “us” can ever be held accountable for what we do. How we respond in any given situation is purely a reflection of what we thinkâ€” so, what is in your head. Let’s try this, when someone does or says something we believe is offensive, Let’s do ourselves a favorâ€”donâ€™t sell your head.
Remember, itâ€™s whatâ€™s inside our head that counts.
The Deacon is in! Please stop by the Church for Part II of “You’re Crazy”. The Church is locate on MAIN street (see right). I think there is a VERY Spirit filled message there…I hope you are in someway as blessed by reading as I was pouring it out…MY REDEEMER LIVES!
Being the sweet and loving guy that I am, I realized I have taken you away from your girls the last couple of weeks, so I decided to still give you a perfect date…just on your own very special “Girls” night.
Earlier in the week I personally contacted your girls and told them to pack nothing but personals and be ready for “The Ultimate Slumber Party!”
All checked in, two to a room. Guess its (the book) not doing that good. Well it is a slumber party! You remember the envelope Harold (The Driver) slipped to you. It reads:
Hey little sweetie I wrote a poem for you (A Chuckie Original). After reading it I get the desired effect I was after…the smile and the little tear you try to hide from your girls. All you would tell them is…He writes from the heart…he made no excuses…
Dinner – The waiter tells you there is a surprise guest to sing for you as you your guests dine, he mentions that this was my song for you tonight. Here they come (CLICK) Bet you wonder how I managed this? I bartered, a personal (in-person) reading from my book by me in return for an impromptu concert.
After diner the concierge ushers you and your girls into a small theater. Curtain opens, and Guess who? After a few of her jokes, she delivers a story to the group, let’s listen in:
Hey Yall, she says, Lemme tell you about the next: THE NEXT SURVIVOR SERIES
It goes something like this. Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks. Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes.
There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and
pay a list of “pretend” bills with not enough money. In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week.
Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time.
Each man must also take each child to a doctor’s appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment. He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient
visit per child to the Urgent Care (weekend, evening, on a holiday or right when they’re about to leave for vacation). He must also make cookies or
cupcakes for a social function.
Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times.
The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.
There is only one TV between them, and a remote with dead batteries.
Each father will be required to know all of the words to every stupid song that comes on TV and the name of each and every character on cartoons.
The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, which they will apply to themselves either while driving or making three lunches.
Each man will have to make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4 year old to eat a serving of peas.
Each man must adorn himself with jewelery, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep their nails polished and eyebrows groomed. The men must try to get through
each day without snot, spit-up or barf on their clothing.
During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once
complain or slow down from other duties. They must try to explain what a tampon is for when the 6-yr old boy finds it in the purse.
They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting.
He will need to read a book and then pray with the children each night without falling asleep, and then feed them, dress them, brush their
teeth and comb their hair each morning by 7:00. They must leave the home with no food on their face or clothes.
A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information: each child’s birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor’s name. Also the child’s weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child’s favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.
They must clean up after their sick children at 2:00 a.m. and then spend the remainder of the day tending to that child and waiting on them hand and foot until they are
better. They must have a loving, age appropriate reply to, “You’re not the boss of me.”
The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if…he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.
If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years…eventually earning the right to be called
As Monique departs she winks at you and says…Gurlfriend..He’s a keeper…
Time for a Midnight Swim, then some fireside girl talk before bed (NO MAN BASHING, MONIQUE TOOK CARE OF THAT!). Tomorrow’s a full day filled with the following: Click & Click & Click and click and click and click here 2. …and like all good things which must end so to does this date, but not before LUNCH …
As Harold pulls Grandad up to the front to pick up you and your girls… the Chuckie Mobile suddenly pulls up. I’ll take you home… …Did you miss me?
See ya next week, for date night with Chuckie (Wink). Hope you had a good time…
Hint…Â A mega slumber party of the ultimate kind!
For those that don’t know we have a service at the Church on ths Blog every Sunday and Wednesday.Â The Church, located to your right under the heading MAIN.Â We call it Main Street.
Deacon Dan, Not to be confused with Chuckie Dan is your usher each week.Â He also espouces a word or two from the pul-pit.Â We had planned to do finish part two of our message from Sunday.Â However, we are going to defer that until this sunday opting for some late breaking news that is sure to BLOW UR MIND.Â The message, “WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT DEATH!”.Â It’s an eye-opener!
Is Dreamgirls a Chick-Flick?Â Would guys enjoy this movie and why?Â Tell me why I should go.Â Ok, stop cussing…if you know me by now you know I am a playful, teddy bear, smooth cool type of a downright stupid fellow.Â So, don’t be offended by the Chick-flick comment.Â Hey, I must admit, I criedÂ on certain parts of the “Bridges of Madison County” and “Love Affair” …and don’t even start that “Is he Gay stuff”(LOL), it was my allergies!Â AND I LOVE WOMEN…PERIOD!Â One of God’s greatest creations! anyway…Â IF YOU GUYS TELL ANYONE, It’s on and pop’in!Â Now, “will guys enjoy this movie?”Â Holla at your boy…
Â Ps.Â Applications (with resume..wink wink) soon to be accepted from heterosexual females for the position of “WIFE”.Â Must have a patient heart, patient eyes, patient mouth and patient ears.Â The ability to love an old fat guy with no money is a PLUS!
A good friend of mine passed this on to me.Â I was wondering…is this true?
Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren’t as good, but easy. The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they’re amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who is brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.
Â Now the Men…. Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it’s up to women to stomp theÂ Deleted out of them until they turn into something acceptable to have dinner with.
Now, here’s what I (The C guy) was thinking…Somtimes life stomps the mess out of you and you end up on the ground through no fault of your own.Â Does that make you any less or easier than the apples on the top?Â I would like to hear from you guys on this one… C–Â
Share this with all the good apples and some fine wine guys that you know today…