More Powerful Than a Nuke. Part II.  An Encore for Encouragement!

More Powerful Than a Nuke. Part II.  An Encore for Encouragement!

Things are different.  I’m at the stage in my life now where my two sons have grown and left the house but my younger two daughters are still with us.  Because of that our Friday night family time usually finds us taking in movies of the Sabrina type genre rather than the Expendables.  I’m dealing with it actually quite well.

A while back my oldest daughter ordered a movie called The Help through Netflix and while I wasn’t excited about the show itself, I wanted to be with my girls.  So Hinton Tacos and a girly show is what I prepared for.  The Help is a great show which is based off of a 2009 novel by the same name.  The drama chronicles the stories of African American  maids in Jackson Mississippi as recorded by a young white woman during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s.  Two or three times during the cinematic narrative a motherly black maid lovingly grabs the attention  of a young white girl she is responsible for and tells her that; “You is smart, you is kind, you is important.”   (more…)

The Encouraging Call to Manhood!

The Encouraging Call to Manhood!

It was late November of 96 and we were packing up to move north for our first full-time ministry after returning from the mission field.  The process included securing a moving truck and car trailer in tow.  I had never driven anything as big as this truck before and I was a bit concerned, especially with the car trailer attached. My dad never taught me how to handle anything this big before when I was a kid. Actually, he had never really encouraged me that I could do anything bigger than my present reality.

But my friend Todd, who is now a Bible Translator in Papua New Guinea, was with me as we made the final connections for the tail lights.  We wiped our hands off and took a deep breath from a job well done. Then, after another deep breath, I said, “Todd, you know, I’ve never really driven anything this big before and honestly I’m a bit afraid that I’m going to wreck it or something.”  Todd just looked at me and nodded his head once with a small smile. I went on, “but I guess I just need to be a man about it and push forward.”  Again, Todd just gave a small smile and quick nod and only offered the one-word response of, “yup.”

That’s really all there was to it from then on out. We prayed, asking for God’s help. I then shook Todd’s hand, thanked him, and then climbed into the cab and took off.  But that’s what I needed.  I needed another guy just to tell me that I was a man and that I could do it. (more…)