Friday, February 1, 2019 9:45 pm – 2:45pm CST
Ain’t traveling wonderful! Well, Don and Louise made it safely but both of Louise’s bags were like my grandchildren at times: stubborn. They decided not to make the journey but they are supposed to arrive tomorrow. I had called my travel agent and discovered that Don & Louise were scheduled to land 10 minutes early so Jean Claude, Mary, Louis and Linda went to collect them. I went inside the airport to wait for them and around 7pm (they landed at 5:20 pm) Louise called to inform me of the bag situation. We left the airport around 8 pm but every cloud has a silver lining. The traffic was not too bad!
I was smiling today. For those of you who have been reading my Howdys for some years you already know what I am fixin to say. For you new people; let me explain: I was able to ride on a machine (motorcycle) today and I always smile. Not so much because of the ride itself. I used to own a machine and do not recall ever smiling even though I enjoyed it. The smiling comes from watching the traffic and from darting in and out of places where a piece of paper could barely fit between you and the other person or machine. Pulling in front of people where you would think sudden death was about to take place but with the calm assurance that all is well. If you believe in “guardian angels” then you would be forced to believe that a contingent of them ride with me!!!!
Slept well last night. Got up and started going over my lessons for next week. When I arrived Wednesday night Jean Claude gave me my Seminar Book along with those for Don and Louise. Spent some hours simply going over what I hope to impart. My part of the seminar will deal with the subjects of leadership, sound doctrine and good works. The primary text I am using is Titus. It is a relatively small letter but jampacked with all kinds of information. My prayer is that it will be a blessing to each and every leader.
Some of what I will write in these missives is repeat stuff and there are three primary reasons for that: 1) I have no memory and am unaware that I have already stated it. It is possible that I will write the same thing 2 days in a row. 2) It will be interesting (I hope) for those of you who are first timers in receiving the Howdys. 3) I find it fascinating so you have to go along with me!
The mission of my machine ride was to go to a nearby grocery store and buy a few things. When I got back, I ordered lunch and ate at the hotel restaurant. The food was very good although after having airplane food I have to be careful not to judge too harshly. If I, for example, hung around a guy who was 6’10” for a week and then started hanging out with a guy who was 6’3″ I might think that the second guy was short. As an aside; you will find many wonderful thoughts in these howdys and see that I have a sharp mind. At least our church secretary, Noretta Johnson says I have the most incredible mind she has ever seen. I spent the afternoon doing a number of miscellaneous things. The hotel allowed me to go into their rooms and turn on the A/C so they had a nice atmosphere when they entered and were very happy.
I decided to put the most important picture on the left below. That is part of our water and Coke Zero. On the right are the 4 stooges (well, actually the two stooges) with their wives. Mary on the left and Linda on the right. I will call Charlie Brown and Grandma in an hour or so. Thank you for your continued prayers.