Paths of righteousness

Paths of Righteousness

“He leads me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23: 3)

Remember reading this classic poem by Robert Frost?
Check it out below…

 The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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Jesus is known as the “Righteous One” (1 John 2: 1)
When I follow Jesus, He leads me down paths, byways, highways and roads less traveled by which are “righteous.”

He does so for “his name’s sake.”
His reputation and His name are at stake for which road He leads us on.
The “righteous one” cannot lead me down paths which are “unrighteous.”
If He did what would that suggest for “his name’s sake”?

Listen to what Jesus says:
“Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,
and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)

Lots of roads will be diverging today for you to choose to travel upon.
Some will be broad and some will be narrow.
Some will be easy to take and some will be difficult to navigate.

Let me encourage you to let Jesus lead you through the narrow and less traveled road.
I do believe that will make all the difference!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

Last night…

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The day after the 242nd birthday of the United States of America!

Last night I watched the “Red rockets red glare” and the “Bombs bursting in air”.
They “gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there”…
Two hundred and forty-two years later!

Last night I sang the “Star Spangled Banner” for the one millionth time…
I got chill bumps while singing, like I do EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

A friend of mine shared this remembrance of her dad singing the Star Spangled Banner rather loudly at some event:
When I was young I would say “Dad, that’s embarrassing when you sing it that loud”.
And he’d say “it’s embarrassing when you don’t “.

Last night, as I watched the fireworks my heart was moved to tears of joy as my mind drifted into imagining every community which has watched fireworks over the last 242 years celebrating our independence and freedom.

From the town squares in Georgia to the circle in Orange, California.
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Like a bridge over troubled water…

Bridge

Can you picture it in your mind?

Art Garfunkel, high forehead, wild and wiry hair stretching in all directions, sitting on the piano bench, maybe he’s wearing jeans, donning a wide blue and white striped crew neck shirt, his hands ever so gently placed on the well-worn keys. He leans forward ever so slightly and begins to play the intro to the song you have heard a million times. You pause from whatever you are doing and your mind halts, shifts gears and takes you back however many years it is to the place where you first heard this song. Your heartbeat slows, your blood pressure lowers, and in a bizarre and peculiar way time stands still for just a nanosecond right as the intro comes to a close and you hear Art Garfunkel breathe out the words ever so softly and yet powerfully which you know by heart –

“When you’re weary, feeling small”…
You know this song by heart. Imperceptibly your mind gauges if there is anyone nearby, hoping and yearning for the opportunity to let these words become your own in song, out loud, allowing your heart to just “let it out, loud and proud!”

“When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found”

And now comes the tagline… the line you have been patiently waiting for, the line you have used in context and out of context for the last forty-eight years, five months and twenty-eight days…
“Like a bridge over troubled water”
Not just any bridge. Not just some bridge. Not an “other” bridge. No. Heavens no!
YOU are the bridge. You were the bridge. And… You will always be the bridge! Not a passive bridge, but rather an active, living, breathing bridge that spans the troubled waters, not confined to geographical boundaries or borders… No! Wherever you are, you are the BRIDGE that will lay down…over the troubled water.
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down…

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Extra, Extra, Extra Onions

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My first “paycheck” job was at the hamburger restaurant chain “Carl’s Jr.” founded by Cark Karcher back in the 1940’s (originally a Hot Dog stand), in Los Angeles.

It was the summer after my junior year in high school and there I was putting frozen hamburgers on the grill, submerging French fries into 48,000 degree grease, making burgers, running a cash register, cleaning the dining area. I had it going on! All the while wearing my ultra-cool “brown and orange” polyester uniform with the classic Carl’s Jr. hat.

One day, my friend Fred and I were in charge of making the hamburgers. The order came back, “Famous Star (name of one of the hamburgers), with extra, extra, extra onions!”

I asked the cashier, “Extra, extra, extra onions?” She vigorously nodded her head in the affirmative. I looked at Fred. Fred looked at me. No words needed to be exchanged. We were going to give this lady, EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA ONIONS!

And so we did… I bet we piled ten to twelve rings of large raw onions on this lady’s hamburger. The burger was “stacked” with the extra onions. We could barely get the wrapping around the burger it was piled so high.

We wrapped the burger, placed it on the tray along with the large fries and medium drink.

We looked on with a great deal of satisfaction as the lady who ordered extra, extra, extra onions picked up her tray and headed to the dining room.

About five minutes lady, the “extra, extra, extra onions” lady appeared at the counter with her “half-eaten” sandwich laying on the wide-open wrapper with a very discouraging and yet sheepish smile on her face. I asked her, “May I help you?”

Her reply made me and Fred laugh out loud…

“You forgot the hamburger!”

And sure enough… we had forgotten to place the hamburger on the bun!

What made Fred and I laugh even more was this lady had eaten half her sandwich before she realized there was no burger!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay..

How’s your day going so far today?

I am just wondering… are you so focused on the “onions’ of life, the “extras” of life, the “condiments” of life that you have forgotten to feast on the burger (the main thing) of life?

Happens to me all the time!

There’s an old saying, “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” Easier said than done.

I don’t know what the main thing is for you, but for me, it is “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6: 33) and “loving one another.” (John 13. 34).

When I start focusing on all the “EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRAS”, that is when I miss out on the burger of life and end up having nothing but a mouthful of bad breath…

Enjoy your burger today…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

 

 

David Cassidy and The Blessing

Image: THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY

I am of the age where I grew up watching The Partridge Family ( a Family Band) on my family’s RCA console TV.

The main star of The Partridge Family was David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge, a teenage idol and heartthrob, both on the TV show and in real life.

As a teenager I knew David Cassidy was popular, but until just the other night, I had no idea just how popular he was worldwide.

David Cassidy performed in front of six (count em – SIX) sold out shows at the famed Wembley Stadium in 1973, in one weekend, a feat which has never been matched.

In a three-year span from 1971-1973, David Cassidy appeared on the cover of Tiger Beat Magazine thirty-four (count em – 34) times.

A charismatic, talented, gifted singer and songwriter, Cassidy worked tirelessly for years, a trait he picked up from his Broadway, good looking, charismatic, talented and gifted singer father, Jack Cassidy.

My interest in David Cassidy reached a fever pitch this week as the documentary “David Cassidy: The Last Session” was aired on A&E TV this week.

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Rest

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It’s the first Thursday of June!!

Do you remember how God made the world in six days?

Day 1: The heavens, the earth, light and darkness.
Day 2: Heaven
Day 3: Dry land, the seas, and vegetation.
Day 4: The sun, the moon and the stars.
Day 5: Living creatures in the water, birds in the air.
Day 6: Land animals and people.

Do you remember what God did on Day 7?
I’ll type it in here for you…
“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2: 3)

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Compare

Compare

Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word  “Compare.”
Here’s the definition….

com·pare
kəmˈper/
verb
1. estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

“individual schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area”

synonyms: contrast, juxtapose, collate, differentiate

“we compared the data sets”

 

If you didn’t know the exact definition as defined by the dictionary, you most certainly have felt its impact.
When we come out on “top”, comparison can feel great!
When we come out on the “short end of the stick”, comparison can sting worse than a hornet!

Have you dealt with being “compared” to some thing or some one lately?
Me too…

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Happy Birthday!

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We celebrated my daughter Faith’s thirteenth birthday yesterday. Actually, we have been celebrating all weekend the fact our little girl is now a “TEENAGER!!”

As we sang, as we blew out candles, as we watched her face beam as she opened presents, the question arose in my mind, “Why do we celebrate birthdays?”

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

This question really fascinated me.
It seemed so simple and yet the question itself took me down lots of roads, highways and byways…

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On being connected

Grapes

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

On being connected………….

In our modern iPhone, Galaxy, Samsung, Android, Google Pixel, Twitter, Computer Gaming, Facebook, texting and Instagram driven technological world, we as a people have never communicated more than at any other time in the rest of human history combined.

Just walk around the mall, the Outlets, the Casinos, or even down on The Strip. People’s posture is horrendous as we are bent over at some awkward angle with our hand or hands firmly gripped on our smart phones while checking email, the news, gaming, Twitter, Facebook and every other type of social media.

Communication is at an all-time high!!
Connectivity is at an all-time low…

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

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Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

Scent is one of the most powerful of the five senses, warning us of danger, triggering cherished memories and even helping us to find our true love…

Researchers suggest on a global scale the perfume/cologne industry in 2018 will be worth a whopping 45.8 billion dollars.

The world also makes a big statement – “Scent matters.”

What kind of perfume or cologne do you wear?
How often do you wear it?
Every day? Once a week? Just on hot dates? First thing in the morning?

Fragrance, Scent and Aroma played a large role in the Bible as Jesus was twice anointed with very expensive perfume. Each anointing brought criticism as the anointing was perceived as a waste of money, since poor people could have benefited from the sale of the perfume.

In John 12 as Jesus was being anointed by Mary, the gospel writer says, “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

Which raises the question for us today.
What do we smell like?
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