There’s a local restaurant in Gainesville that is a staple the community. Everybody knows about Longstreet Cafe. Ashley and I stopped in the other day with Laney to get a bite to eat and the first thing I though was, “Ooooo, Longstreet Sweet Tea!” You gotta get the ‘big cup’ if you really want to take it in. On the way home I took a sip and looked at the Ten Commandments posted on the back. I was glad they were there. I know we live in a time when it’s not popular to believe in Judeo-Christian ideals, and if it is they have to be surrounded by other philosophies. I believe this to be the case because we’ve committed two ‘wrongs’. 1) People have forgotten the commandments, a problem that falls back on the faithful, and 2) people aren’t living out the commandments, a problem that, again, falls back on the faithful. Seems like ‘faithfulness’ is what needs to be on the other side of the equals sign.
18 You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. —Deuteronomy 11
The early Jewish faithful had it right: you’ve got to surround yourself with the things of God if you want to live out a Godly life. We forget or are unfaithful when it isn’t something we’re all about.
People commonly know me as the “bird guy.” I get it honestly because I spend my off-time taking picture of birds and stalking hawks around local fields. But lately, with the run-of-the-mill busyness that hits us all, I haven’t taken as many photos or driven up and down fence lines like I used to. When I don’t, I get rusty; forgetting bird calls, making it hard to identify sounds or even being unsure about a fly-over silhouette of a big raptor. It makes me a little sad. So, what do I do? I grab my camera, I get in the car, and I look intently. I practice my skills and I re-familiarize myself with my love.
Grab a Bible, open it up, read a little bit; get dressed up, head to church, and ask God what is in store for you through worship that day; tuck in your kids, tell them you love them, pray with them. Practice what you preach and preach what you practice, ’cause it’s looking like the world needs a lot my cups of sweet tea with Godly things on them…