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Angie Land's Heart Matters, Oct. 16, 2017
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Guy Sheffield's But Anyway, Oct. 17, 2017
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CF student publications
earn many awards

Published Oct. 18, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.
     OCALA --
College of Central Florida student publications and contributors brought home numerous awards from the Florida College System Publications Association conference, which was held in Orlando on Oct. 13.

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     The Patriot Press ranked fourth, placing in nine of the 18 individual categories, including two first-place awards.
     James Blevins, who graduated from CF in May, and Delaney Van Nest, current managing editor/photography editor, were two of only four students at the convention to earn an Inner Circle Award for placing among the top three in three different categories.
     Blevins, who works part-time at the CF Citrus Campus, earned first place in Sports Column, second in Sports Writing and Feature Story, and third in Editorial.
     Van Nest, who started at CF as a dual enrollment student, placed first in Sports Photo, in News Photo and Illustration, and third in Editorial Cartoon. She also won the On the Spot Contest at the convention where students must take a photo representing Orlando.
     Mark Anderson, the editor-in-chief in the spring and a current CF student, placed second in Humor Writing.
     “In the Write Mind,” the Citrus Campus student literary and art magazine, placed third in Division A for Best Poem: Elissa Kane's “Ode to a Housefly.” Also earning third place, for Best Art Works, were Ashley Southey, for her piece “Bone Deep,” and Isis Marley, for her pieces “Color Emphasis” and “Hummingbird Hibiscus.”
     Prince Quamina, contributor and staff member for “Imprints,” the Ocala Campus student literary and art magazine, received second place in the On the Spot Poetry Contest.
     To learn more about CF, visit www.CF.edu.


CF student named
Coca-Cola Leaders
of Promise Scholar

Published Oct. 18, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.
     OCALA --
Gabriella Urdaneta, a College of Central Florida student, has been selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
     The Leaders of Promise Scholarship, sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, recognizes 200 Phi Theta Kappa members with awards totaling $200,000. Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.
     This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 1,000 applicants. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership potential. 
     The Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program was launched in 2001 to assist new Phi Theta Kappa members in obtaining an associate degree and encourage participation in society programs.


Elder Options
Diabetes Self-Management
program seeks participants

Published Oct. 17, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
     WILLISTON --
Twelve people are needed to start a diabetes self-management program.

     This free two-hour diabetes self-management workshop is going to be held each week for six weeks.'
     Participants will learn from trained volunteer leaders who have diabetes themselves, or they have family members with diabetes.
     Each participant will set his or her own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve their health and their life.
     This program will be each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Fountain of Life Church, 623 E. Nobel Ave., in Williston.
     Originally slated to start Sept. 28 and to last until Nov. 2, the program has been delayed due to a need for more participants.
     To register, please call the Fountain of Life Church at 352-538-4474 or call Betty Flagg at 352-692-5219.


National Andrus Award
Committee honors
Alphonso Johnson


Alphonson Johnson holds the certificate of appreciation desginating his nomination for the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service.

Story and Photo
By Drollene P. Brown
Published Oct. 15, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
At the Oct. 9 meeting of Chapter 19 of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), Alphonso Johnson received a certificate of recognition from the National Andrus Award Committee.

     The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who believed in the power of individuals to spark change and improve their communities, one act at a time.
     The chapter that conducts its meetings in Williston, in nominating Johnson, made the case that the lifelong resident of Levy County agreed with Dr. Andrus when she said, “It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. … The human contribution is the essential ingredient.”
     The purpose of the Andrus Award is to recognize those who have a passion for service.
     Although Johnson did not win the national award, he was honored by the national association for his nomination by the certificate and a letter stating that he deserved to be commended for his accomplishments and service.
     Born in 1929 in Williston, Alphonso Johnson did not have many African-American male role models when he was growing up. He knew he wanted to become a leader in his community, nevertheless, and he realized education was the key to reaching his goals.
     His parents were supportive, but in the segregated South of his youth, getting what he needed was not easy. He graduated from high school two full decades before the integration of schools came to Levy County. Therefore, he and his classmates made do with secondhand books. It was the era of separate fountains; black patrons entered the movie theater in town through a side door, and they were not allowed to sit downstairs to watch the movie. Yet in school the youngsters had dedicated teachers who inspired them.
     The Valedictorian of his high school class, Johnson went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, not allowing a two-year interval in the United States Army to deter him from attaining his goal. The scholar continued his education to earn a Master’s degree in 1958 in Administration Supervision of Secondary Education, and he earned another in 1970 in Guidance and Counseling.
     Johnson taught science in Florida schools for 11 years, transferring to numerous administrative roles beginning in 1970. In 1984, he returned to teaching in Gainesville -- until he retired in 1987. In community churches, he has taught adult classes and served as a deacon as well as filling other roles in wider church activities. He remains active in the Nu Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, of which he has been a member since 1960. 
     Johnson’s active memberships, chairmanships and life memberships are too numerous to mention. His ongoing role in AARP, nationally and statewide as well as locally, has been an inspiration to every association member with whom he has come into contact.
     AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million, helping people achieve their goals, strengthening communities and fighting for the issues that matter most to families - such as healthcare, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.
     The Williston Chapter of AARP meets every second Monday starting at 9:30 a.m. in Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 521 N.W. First Ave., in Williston.


'Florida Natives' visit
Williston Public Library;

FOWL hosts Santa Fe Zoo
educational outreach program


Student Victoria Anderson holds little Brutus, who came all the way from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, while a little lady touches him ever so gently at the recent Florida Natives program, put on by members of the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo program and hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library.

Story And Photos
By Lisa Statham Posteraro
Program Coordinator, Friends of the Williston Library
Published Oct. 13, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.
     WILLISTON --
Instead of “Lions and tigers and bears, O my!” it was “Turtle and snake and gator, O Wow!”

     Three representatives from the Santa Fe Zoo, which is on the campus of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, made it to Williston on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 30), after Hurricane Irma postponed their Sept. 9 visit to present “Florida Natives,” an educational presentation about the importance of Florida native species.
     This event was hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library (FOWL). Appropriately, refreshments of animal crackers and goldfish were served to the attendees.
     Conservation Education Specialist Jade Salamone from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo brought along soon-to-be-graduates Victoria Anderson and Williston High School alumnus Derek Dykstra to assist.
     The trio took turns introducing and sharing three Florida native species: “Penny,” a cute little box turtle; “Preston,” an aging corn snake; and, “Brutus,” a baby alligator. They explained the habitat of each animal and other pertinent facts about how each plays an important role in the ecology of Florida.
     Prior to the presentation, Salamone had shared some exciting news that an aviary, a large building or enclosure to house birds, is coming to the Santa Fe Zoo. She also explained the “etiquette” of touching wild animals appropriately since those in attendance, which numbered about 30 (minus the FOWL members and presenters), would have a chance to touch each animal if they chose to do so. (It was exciting to see so many young people at this presentation!)


Another attendee gets to touch the baby alligator Brutus, who had a positive experience during this outing. The audience was quiet and calm, very important so the little fella will be able to go out among people.


Keeping it all in the family…presenter Derek Dykstra, a senior in the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo program, holds Preston, the corn snake, while his sister Sarah Dykstra strokes the old fella’s dry scales. Sarah attended the event with their mother Tina.


Members of the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo team who travel around the area educating the general public about the importance of “Florida Natives” – students Derek Dykstra and Victoria Anderson and Jade Salamone, Conservation Education Specialist – speak to the audience at the Sept. 30 program hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library. Membership fees help pay for such educational programs at the library. FOWL membership forms are available at the library. Please join us!


     Some of the interesting information and facts which were shared follow:
     • the difference between a turtle (webbed feet because of an aquatic environment) and a tortoise (elephant-like feet…think Galapagos tortoise);
     • how camouflage helps protect so many species;
     • how the gopher tortoise’s burrow is used by in excess of 300 different kinds of animals (kinda’ important!);
     • why alligators have such a strong bite force (to crush the shells of turtles, a part of their diet);
     • that “arboreal” refers to trees and is the “home” of several Florida natives;
     • that alligators are ambush predators;
     • that higher temperatures in the nest produce female alligators (also true for other reptiles); and,
     • that “keystone species” have important roles in the environment (e.g. there are creatures whose dens/wallows hold water for times of drought).
     Before the group departed, Salamone announced an upcoming annual event: “Boo at the Zoo,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Halloween), from 3 to 7:30 p.m. The zoo is located at 3000 NW 83rd St., Bldg. Z, in Gainesville. The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, a 10-acre facility, is the only college zookeeper training facility in the United States with its own Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoo on grounds, and it is renowned throughout the world.
     Also in attendance at this event was the newly-hired PAL (Putnam-Alachua-Levy) Library Cooperative Administrator, Marlene Glennon. Check out the “PAL Cooperative” at the website: http://pal-cooperative.org/.
     If you know of a group or individual who would be interested in presenting a program which would be relevant to the general public, please contact FOWL Program Coordinator Lisa Posteraro at 352-339-1201. FOWL presents FREE programs throughout the year at the library; these are open to the general public -- and refreshments are usually available.


Free cancer awareness
presentation and lunch
at CF in Ocala on Oct. 30

Published Oct. 13, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.
     OCALA --
A Shop Talk Cancer Awareness event will be held Monday, Oct. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the College of Central Florida Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.

     “Wellness for Cancer Prevention and Survival” will feature two guest panelists. Dr. Judith Lightsey, radiation oncologist with Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute, will present “Breast Cancer Awareness in African-American Women: Things You Should Know.” Lori Witkowich, CF associate professor and certified yoga instructor, will share “Breathing Techniques, Meditation, and Chair Yoga.”
     There is no fee to attend, and lunch is included. Call 352-854-2322, ext. 1236, or visit CF.edu/ShopTalk to reserve your seat.
     The event is a collaboration of CF, with Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. and Ocala Health.

 


CKS FFA Goats

The newest additions to the CKS FFA Chapters walk on four legs, eat almost anything, and can be leash trained. They are two meat goats, who are yet to be named, and are the animals the FFA students will be showing and selling at the Suwannee River Fair next spring. Until the fair, ag students will be learning to care for the goats. This is a first for the CKS chapters. Previously they raised and showed fair hogs, but are trying goats this year because goats are less expensive to raise, don't smell anything like a hog, and will be easier to show because they can walk on a leash.
Published Oct. 12, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.

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Bronson FFA starts
new community service project;

All FFA chapters in the
Tri-County Area are participating too

By Hayden Asbell
Bronson High School Chapter Reporter
Published Oct. 10, 2017 at 1:57 p.m.
     BRONSON --
The Bronson Middle High School FFA Chapter is collecting throw blankets to donate to the Shands Pediatric Children's Hospital, a local dialysis center, Haven Hospice and several nursing homes.
     Bronson FFA Chapter President Ethan Church is a patient at Shand’s Pediatric Hospital and he said “Blankets are a source of warmth and comfort for patients being treated at Shands. These small gestures make people happy.”
     To donate, all that any person has to do is to buy a throw blanket, take it a drop-off spots or send it to BMHS via a student.
     Other FFA chapters are participating, including Chiefland, Williston, Cedar Key, Trenton, Bell and Dixie County.
     Bronson’s drop-off spots other than the BMHS Office include County Seat Barber Shop, Second Time's A Charm Consignment Shop. This community service project is scheduled to be operational from now until Jan. 17, 2018.


Bell Middle High School
celebrates Constitution Day


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Story Written By
JROTC Cadet Battalion Public Affairs Officer Alissa Marangoni
Published Oct. 5, 2017 at 2:07 p.m.

     BELL -- The Bell High JROTC presented a Constitution Day program to Bell Middle School on Sept. 29.
     The purpose of the program was to inform the middle school students about the process of the signing of the United States Constitution.
     Bell JROTC Cadets Dakota Sherlock and MacKenzie Brantley read the United States Flag poem in their Class A uniforms, while colonial re-enactors performed. These included cadets Alissa Marangoni as the farmer, Jessica Coney as a soldier, and Balace Morrow as the drummer boy.





     On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of HardisonInk.com, started, about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially started Feb. 1, 2011. The name was derived from an encounter a decade earlier, where and when a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounds good.
     Since then, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals, and then within a relatively short time, weekly columns. 
     The Rev. Dr. Thomas "Tom" Farmer Jr. who retired from St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Largo several years ago is among the first contributors from 2011. There are several other individuals who contributed over the past seven years. Many daily devotionals have been pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to hardisonink@gmail.com.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

ALWAYS LOOK UP

Read Colossians 3:2-17

     Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
-- Colossians 3:2 (KJV)


     Up and down are words which we use every day. Usually good is up and bad is down; for we say “He is an upright fellow,” and “It was a lowdown trick.” When the apostle Paul spoke of “things above,” he was thinking of the noble qualities of character such as kindness, courage and fortitude. When he spoke of “things on the earth,” he was referring to the lesser qualities of human character.
     Of course we are involved with things on earth. We cannot escape the fact that we live on earth. The tasks we tackle, the battles we fight, and the victories for which we strive all are concerned with earthly things. But there is a power which gives us strength to do our earthly tasks. It comes from above. The ideals for which we strive are divine and not human.
    When we set our minds on things above, we do what the psalmist suggests: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” We look up to the Man of Galilee and see a vision of the time when evil will be destroyed, and we will live in peace and unity. We can look beyond this worldly life to the everlasting glories.
     It is shown in the lyrics of the song Christ of the Upward Way:
     Christ of the Upward Way, my Guide of Devine,
     Where Thou hast set Thy feet may I set mine;
     And move and march wherever Thou hast trod,
     Keeping face forward up the hill of God.
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     Give me the heart to hear Thy voice and will,
     That without fault or fear I may fulfill
     Thy purpose with a glad and holy zest,
     Like one who would not bring less than his best.
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     Give me the eye to see each chance to serve,
     Then send me strength to rise with steady nerve,
     And leap at once with kind and helpful deed,
     To the sure succor of a soul in need.
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     Give me the good stout arm to shield the right,
     And wield Thy sword of truth with all my might,
     That, in the warfare I must wage for Thee,
     More than a victor I may ever be.
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     Christ of the upward way, my Guide divine,
     Where Thou hast set Thy feet, may I place mine;
     And when Thy last call comes, serene and clear,
     Calm may my answer be, “Lord, I am here.”
-- Walter J. Mathams (Oct. 30, 1853-Jan. 29, 1931)
      ALMIGHTY GOD, help us to set our minds on those things that cannot be destroyed. Sustain in us the right spirit of love and kindness, of courage and trust. Keep our loved ones within Thy care and grant us a blessing for this day. Amen.
Pastor Garner S. Odell
South Presbyterian Church
Rochester, New York

Strength For Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)

 


Outdoor Truths Ministry
By Gary Miller © Oct. 16, 2017 at 7:37 p.m.

     It’s amazing how deer are transformed from summer to fall and winter. In the hot months my trail camera’s pictures are of deer that look like they’re about ready to die. Their hide is patchy with hair, ticks cover parts of their body, and you seemingly can count every rib on their frail frame. And while some do die from various issues related to the heat, most make it to the colder, more comfortable months. As they arrive to better days, that same exterior that once looked unhealthy, thin, and weak, becomes thick with hair and fat, and as muscular -looking as if they had changed their diet and began a new exercise program. Wait a minute. That’s exactly what they have done. They changed their diet and increased their activity. In the summer deer are filling themselves on the various salad combinations. As the days move along, fruit is added to the meal until the entrée of nuts begin to fall from the trees. These acorns come in various sizes and tastes and provide the nutritional profile the deer need to get ready for a cold winter. When there is a bumper crop of acorns deer can gain several pounds in only a couple of weeks. And in order to find other trees that are holding this favorite food of theirs, the deer must move around, more than they did in the summer. There you have it. Eating better and exercise produces a healthier body. But we knew that all the time; didn’t we?
     What goes for deer goes for you and me. But while deer are forced into their salad-eating starvation period because there is nothing healthier around, we are dependent on self-control and accountability. Especially in civilized countries, we have to learn to say no to the bad things and yes to the good ones. We have to choose what is best. The choices we make, however, become easier when our “Why” matters the most. “Why” am I doing this? Let me put it this way. We are more willing to make changes in our lives when the alternative is dying. Let me simplify again. When the doctor tells you you’re going to die if you don’t quit drinking, you quit drinking. When the doctor tells you, you’re going to die if you don’t lose weight; you exercise and get on a diet.  When the “why” matters the most, we are more likely to make changes. And perhaps the greatest “why” is the one that says, “Because I don’t want to die!”
     I do think, however, we don’t need to wait until we get the “why” of dying before we can choose correctly. I think the “Why” of living and the “Why” of purpose can work as well. For a Christian the “Why” of taking care of our bodies is because it is called the temple of God and it is the instrument that God uses to carry his message. It is God-designed with a Godly purpose, and it is the only one we will ever have. Don’t wait until the doctor gives you the “Die Why” before you do what God wants you to do anyway.

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Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.

Gary Miller's website is located at http://www.outdoortruths.org/



Heart Matters

By Angie Land © Oct. 16, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
     Too often we wake up to the news that another celebrity has died due to drug overdose, or their involvement in illegal activity is exposed, or the leader of a successful ministry has been caught having an affair, using pornography, or embezzling money. As prevalent as this seems in this generation, sadly, it is not a new phenomenon. A look back to recent history reveals more of the same: Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Jackson, as well as the Reverend Jim Baker are now household words for these behaviors. These happenings cause us to shake our heads and ask the question “Why?” Why would people with so much going for them choose to self-destruct?
     Clearly, all of these highly successful people were intelligent and had great talents and abilities that allowed them to climb to the pedestal they fell from, so what went wrong? It seems that even the richest, most talented, and best intentioned of all men (and women) have clay feet. “Feet of clay” is an idiom (a saying that means something other than its literal definition). Obviously, no one really has feet made out of clay, but rather this represents a weakness exposed in someone held in high regard. This is not a judgment against anyone in particular, but a fact affecting the entirety of human nature.
     In the Old Testament book of Daniel, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar had a troublesome dream that God allowed the prophet Daniel to interpret. In the dream, Nebuchadnezzar saw the huge statue of a man that was made with different metals. The head was gold, the chest and arms made of silver, the belly and thighs made of bronze, the legs made of iron, and the feet were a combination of iron and clay. These different body parts made of different metals represented kingdoms that would begin with Nebuchadnezzar’s and end with the fall of the Roman Empire. Yet we can draw a deeper meaning for our own lives from this story. In his interpretation, Daniel explained the mighty statue was not as strong as it appeared. In fact, the weakness of the clay feet would result in the statue eventually not being able to stand. Ironically, the next chapter reveals King Nebuchadnezzar calling for the worship of his own image that was made of pure gold. This statue could not erase the reality of his humanity, or his feet of clay. Within a short time he developed a mental disorder called lycanthropy, causing him to act and think like a wild animal.
     So, can we agree and accept that “clay feet” is a common thread of humanity? It occurs to me that during the creation process, God knew we would have the propensity to exalt our self. Perhaps even more dangerous is exalting others or being exalted by others. God help anyone of us who begins to believe the pedestal is where we belong. We were not created to be worshipped, but to worship our Creator. In his wisdom, perhaps God gave us clay feet, so that our strongest hours would be when we are before Him-on our knees. 
Because Every Heart Matters,

Blessings,
Angie
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     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Heart Matters is a weekly column written by Angie Land, Director of the Family Life Ministries of the Lafayette Baptist Association, where she teaches bible studies, leads marriage and family conferences and offers biblical counseling to individuals, couples and families. Please contact Angie with questions or comments at angieland3@windstream.net. She notes that she would love to hear from people.




Humbly Pursuing Your Passion
By Guy Sheffield © Oct. 17, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.

     We rolled up to the little town’s summer festival only to find our band was not scheduled on the main stage. Not surprising, given Christian groups aren’t generally held in high regard these days. The event organizer took us off the beaten path a ways to show us the little section of black-top road he’d picked out for us. It was out back of an abandoned service station. Across the way I noticed two lonely souls fanning themselves in a rusty concession trailer. They gave us a friendly wave, obviously glad for the company.
     We'd be the only band in this line-up, coming on right after a young girl singing karaoke. She’d kick off right after a troop of tap dancing grandmas’ wearing high heels and sparkly red, white, and blue leotards. Despite this top billing, we found a few details had been neglected; like a P.A. system, or a scheduled time to set up one! Thankfully this wasn’t our first rodeo, and our gear was in the trailer. After a group prayer for more humility, we immediately set about to salvage what we could out of the day. Unfortunately, in the process, I got totally lambasted by one of the eighty year old dancing grandmas for discreetly attempting to set up our equipment in the background while they aerated the sticky pavement with their high heeled stomp routine. I wanted to say, “You realize there’s nobody watching except those two in the concession trailer, right?” However, since she could probably point that same thing out to me, and since she was now brandishing one of those high heels, I wisely replied, “Yes mam”. I even offered to run her antique reel to reel tape machine while she sang Judy Garland’s ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ two octaves higher than a pining purple porpoise in puberty.
     Not long after, I also got lambasted by the dad of that precious little singing girl for the same thing. Now understandably, he was just nervous and wanting things to go perfect. As far as he was concerned, this might as well have been the Grand Ole' Opry. (I could tell how keyed up he was by the way he kept mouthing cuss words at me when I would move around back stage.) So to avoid a ruckus, I finally sat down and let him savor it all. It all gave me time to question why in the world I had ever let MTV mesmerize me as a kid. “Huh huh huh… that’s cool,” I’d said, “I’ll start a band and be rich and famous.” “Yeah yeah yeah…,” Beavis agreed, “And we’ll get some of those girly models to wax the hood of our sports cars in a video.”
     Well, I never did see those riches. In fact, I barely recovered from spending my last dime converting a Formica counter top into my first electric guitar in seventh grade shop class. Accounting for practice and equipment toting time, my average salary as a musician would total up to about 14 cents a month. Thank goodness for day jobs. Oh, and the whole ‘famous’ thing never really panned out either. The only people who might possibly ask of me, “Where are they now?” are some over-zealous IRS agents wanting their cut on those 14 cents. Lastly, let me just state, "There is no such thing as a groupie with a full set of teeth!" Enough said.
     Thankfully, I’m okay with all that now. The Lord Jesus has come into my heart and freed me from all the bitterness I’d harbored over the years. So next time you walk past our band’s little lawnmower trailer stage at the car show, don’t waste your time trying to make me mad by sticking your fingers in your ears and griping, “You mind cutting that down Buster, I’m on my way over to the cake walk here?” And don’t hit me with that look that says, “You’ll never make it as a Rock Star”. I already know. What? I’m not bitter. Do you think I’m bitter?
     But anyway - Nowadays, whether I’m up there crooning to upwards of 17 people, or just the clean-up crew, I want you to know I’m doing it because Jesus loves you. That’s right; YOU. It’s your fault. If God says He wants me up there sweating all day just on the off chance you’ll hear me sing something to cause you to consider Jesus as you stomp off, then that’s what I’ll do. You see the Lord has given me a love for you, and I know He appreciates me trying to show it. Besides, I’ve learned God’s approval is much more fulfilling than any of the fickle accolades of that MTV crowd. In the grand scheme of things, it’s what matter most. I hope you’ve thought about that.
     Maybe all my foolishness is part of God’s master plan, right along with Beavis and the tap dancing Grannies. (But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; 1 Corinthians 1:27 KVJ) I’m okay with it, really…

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Guy Sheffield's website - But Anyway is located at http://www.butanyway.org/
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