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The Good Ol’ Days

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This is an excerpt from my short story, You Kids Git Outta My Yard. <—- Click on the title if you’d like to read the story,

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When First We Toddle

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How To Sell A Ladder

We recently sold our house, and all in all it was no small accomplishment. As we approached the task of getting it ready to sell, I was struck by the enormity of what was before me. Our decision was somewhat sudden, and as I waded into the project I realized there were some problems. It was a big house—one of the reasons we decided it wasn’t right for us—and though we’d only lived there three plus years, we’d done a lot of work on it and accumulated a lot of “stuff”. Funny how that stuff thing happens.

Anyhow, one item on the list that we didn’t need to take with us was a 28’ extension ladder. I’d bought it the summer before, to paint the house, and only used it the one time. So, I put an attractive price on it—about half what I paid for it—and put it on Craig’s List, thinking somebody would snatch it right up. Didn’t happen. I’d sold several other items, but not one inquiry had come regarding the big ladder. As I pondered the situation one morning, I thought maybe one of the local contractors would be interested. I Googled “Trinity, Texas contractors”, and the first one on the list was Diamond Contracting. I’d seen their trucks and signs around town, but other than that knew nothing about them. (I can’t do anything really well, but I can do a lot of things just good enough to get by, so contractors are not often on my call list. I’ll call a plumber once in a blue moon, and an electrician when I fear I might get electrocuted doing it myself, but that’s about it.)

So, I sent an email to Diamond Contracting, and the secretary answered almost immediately with, “He said he’ll take the ladder, and wants to know if you have any other tools you want to sell.” My immediate reaction to having any other tools to sell was, no, but I started thinking about it and decided, yes, I have lots of tools I’d like to get rid of. The fact was, I had a whole two-car garage full of stuff—most of which I’d probably never need or use—that needed to be sold, given away, or disposed of.

I promptly sent them a list of items for sale, and the next afternoon, I had the immense pleasure of meeting Dominic Diamond. He was like a kid in a candy store and, long story short, bought everything I wanted to sell. We both felt like we’d found the pot at the end of the rainbow, and as he began to load the tools into his pickup (some of them are older than he is) I started pointing out freebies to him. A lot of it was good stuff, and some of it was nothing but throw-away. His eyes lit up as pointed at the myriad of things I needed to part with, and he said, “I’ll take everything you don’t want to keep. What I can’t use, I’ll get rid of for you.” Now, my eyes lit up.

I was still reveling in the wonder of the situation as Dominic opened the door to get into his pickup, when I realized he might have the answer to one of my biggest problems. “Wait!” I said. “Do you know where I can dispose of 25 or 30 old paint cans?” His answer—one that would become very familiar in the following week—was, “Got ya covered.” I told him about the mess the previous owner (and probably several before him) had left in the attic, and Dominic just grinned at me. When I’d finished the telling of my sad tale, he said, “I’ll send a couple guys over tomorrow. They can bring everything down from the attic and everything you need to get rid of we’ll handle it.” With that, he jumped into his truck and drove away. I was stunned.

Tarsiers Flight For FoodThe list of things Dominic did for me in the following days was enormous and I won’t even try to list them and tell you about them. And as the days went on and the list grew I realized none of this was a “luck thing”, it was all a “God thing”. As I recount all the good things that had happened—Dominic Diamond being the biggest by far—I realized God had been handling everything about the sale and move. All my perceived problems were not problems at all; to God they were a piece of cake. No step for a stepper, I like to say. (That’s a ladder pun by the way.)

 

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Chill, Baby, Chill!

I’ve seen it many times over the years; on a day—Thanksgiving, for instance—that’s supposed to be fun, exciting, joyous, etc., we get so wrapped up trying to make it perfect, we stress out to the point it’s no longer any of those things. Read the rest of this entry »

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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

crepes 1 Aug 2016 quoteSometimes we anticipate an event and when it finally arrives, it isn’t as exciting and wonderful as we thought it would be. We’ve all been there and done that when it comes to things not living up to the hype, but to see God… Wow! To have God smile and say, “Welcome home. I love you so much!” The thought fills me with inexpressible and glorious joy! Read the rest of this entry »

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I Want to be Rich!

There are timesIn my opinion, Matthew 5:3 contains some of the most well-known words ever spoken by Jesus: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3.  I also believe they are quite possibly some of His most misunderstood words. Poor in spirit does not mean defeated and dejected, it simply illustrates we’re not fully aware of God’s unconditional love, and we’re just getting by, when we could be thriving. Read the rest of this entry »

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