The Average of Five

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The Average of Five

Here is a few wonderful questions to ponder as you mosey into the weekend…

Who are you?
Who are your friends?
Who are your traveling companions on this road of life?

Have you ever heard of this “rule” called “The Average of Five?”

It goes like this…

“We are the average of our five closest friends.”

Basically the rule of The Average of Five is stating we become like the people we associate with the most.
Once again, my question for you and me is:
Who are you hanging out with the most these days?
Are you truly the average of the five closest people to you?

Is that a good look for you?
Is it a bad look for you?
Is it somewhere in between?

How does your presence in “The Average of Five” influence those around you?
How does the presence of your “Five” closest friends influence you?

We are all on this road of life.
Who are your traveling companions?

I almost laughed out loud with this Good News Translation of Proverbs 13: 20… The Bible many times simply says what needs to be said straight out…

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

The English Standard Version of the same verse states it a little more gently…

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Either way, you get the point.

Let’s choose our “Five” carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully…

I have a feeling if we all had God as one of our “Five”, our average would go way up!!

The Apostle Paul offers these words in making our “average” increase on our marvelous journey of life.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
(Romans 12: 1-2 The Message)

See you out on the Road!

Laugh often and Fear not!

Ft. Pierce


Ft. Pierce, Florida is a quaint little town on the east coast of the Sunshine State with beautiful beaches. I should know…

I was born in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Ft. Pierce, Florida was my home for the first nineteen months of my life.
My dad met my mom in Ft. Pierce, Florida at the “McCrory Five and Dime” store, which my dad owned.
My mom and dad were married in Ft. Pierce on November 8, 1958.
I was the first baby baptized at the new church development, which my parents helped found called the Indian River Presbyterian Church.
I have been asked all my life where I was born and rare was the occasion when I did not have to explain where Ft. Pierce is located. (“Just ten miles south of Vero Beach… You know…Dodgertown!”)

All that has changed now…
Now, everyone in the world knows about Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Now, I have to share my aforementioned history and affection of Ft. Pierce with the one who shot enough people dead to be the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States.

Forty-nine hearts, forty-nine families have been pierced by a man from Ft. Pierce.
Not to mention the wounded, the survivors and those of us whose hearts have also been pierced by the horror of this nonsensical tragedy.


Upon hearing the news of the shooting at The Pulse in Orlando and the carnage found therein, my mind and heart immediately went to the historic hymn,
This is my Father’s World.

It’s always the third verse where my heart is riveted upon…

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

Echoed through my spirit are those words, “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

Furthermore, “Jesus who died shall be satisfied and earth and Heav’n be one” sticks like crazy glue to my mind.

The Orlando Shooting is wrong on every level.
God is still the ruler on every level.

The prophet Isaiah wrote six hundred years before Jesus appeared on the scene these words…

“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

Because Jesus was pierced, his loving pulse came to a crushing halt.
Through His resurrection his pounding pulse of love proclaimed victory!

In Orlando, The Pulse was pierced by an individual from Ft. Pierce.
If we can become united as “One” in our prayers, in our outrage of such horror, in our reaching out in love to all our brothers and sisters, no matter ours or their orientation, race or creed… The Pulse, although pierced will keep beating new life for generations to come. Perhaps then and only then can we proclaim victory as the last three lines of verse three are fulfilled…

This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

Laugh often, Cry aloud for those mourning and Fear not!


Keep Calm and Use your words

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Once again Thursday is upon us and I am struck today by the concept of “words”…

As my good friend Jeff Patterson always says, “Words have meaning…”

I have been struck as of late how often words have offensive meaning.

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