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The Problem With Abernathy

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It’s been a while since I’ve had so many deep conversations with so many people in disconnected settings. It’s the season I guess. Late October seems to do that all the time. Next week promises to be just as busy — I’m meeting with an old friend from Australia whom I haven’t seen in 20 years. I’m meeting with 2 of my neighbors for a small business opportunity. Then I will be starting a Bible study with a group of young men who are in career limbo. At the end of the week I will be practicing with a new set of musicians.

This weekend, we’re having our grand kids over for their second “indoor camping.” They’re excited. We’re excited. We’ve been looking forward to this for some time. I plan to bring them to an Asian grocery store and teach them to buy fish and delicacies. We will cook calamari and bake brownies. We will be having a music session: drums, electric guitars, and keyboard are already set up (don’t be too impressed … we don’t know how to use them). I wrote a new song to record entitled “Welcome Home” — a song for the lost and weary travelers of life. Like last time, we will have some Bible Study time. This time around I will share the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Then we will be “Trick or Treating” in the neighborhood. Even our Corgis have their costumes ready.

Now that I look back at all these events, I realize that every single one of these appointments were/are self-imposed. Running my own businesses, I didn’t have to arrange any of them. I also remember that I prayed that God would use me to touch as many lives as I can. Boy, did He deliver. These appointments are like seeds that I planted and now they’re starting to spread roots. I don’t know where they will lead to. I just know this feels right. This is what I’m supposed to do. It’s also scary because what I do will affect so many lives.

In the Parable of the Talents, a rich master is on his way to a long journey. Before he leaves, he entrusts 3 servants with different amounts of gold (ie. talents or responsibilities) and he expects them to make the most of what they are given. The first 2 servants invested their gold and made a profit for their master.

“Well done, good and faithful servant!” declared the master. “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

But the 3rd servant said he was given the least and was afraid of his master’s wrath and the servant simply buried it in sand. (We’ve heard that excuse so many times, haven’t we?).

The master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant! The least you could have done was invest it in a bank to earn interest.” (Obviously, banks don’t give interest anymore today.) “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even (the little) what they have will be taken from them Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

I’ve accepted the reality that God did not endow me with the face to grace the cover of a magazine. Nor did he give me the arm muscles to raise mountains of money. But He gave me a heart of compassion and the hands to reach out and touch lives. I’m not even doing it for a reward. Joy comes when I see lives changed.

What’s your talent, good and faithful servant?

TGIF people!

Raoul


Joke of the Week

Thanks to Peter Paul of South Pasadena, CA. for this joke.

art by Raoul

Parting Shots

Thanks to Tom of Pasadena, CA. for these English puns.

Thanks to Mel of Washington, DC

Thanks to Art of Sierra Madre, CA. I guess the season has started.

Thanks to Peter Paul of S Pasadena for these gems from Calvin and Hobbes.

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6 Comments

  1. Lois

    November 19, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Regarding today’s issue, I liked your “sermon.” I love reading about your campouts, and what fun to have one on Halloween.

    Reply

  2. Heather

    November 19, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    My talent is to help others through one of life’s toughest times.
    And remember. the only things you get to keep. Are the things you give away. Like; Compassion
    Empathy
    Generousity
    Humor
    Encouragement
    And the list goes on…
    It has always amazed me how cheap people can be with themselves. The things I just mentioned come from God through you and some people are just closed for business.

    Reply

  3. Edward

    November 19, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Raoul… one of your best; text and illustrations.

    Excited about Raoul/Jackie Campfire, part 2. A must for a T-Boy posting….

    Reply

  4. Tom

    November 19, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Raoul. Your comments are appreciated and I hope you enjoy the camp in. Sounds like you are in for some interesting sounds for Holloween. Enjoy the time and like to hear the song you create.

    Tom of Pasadena.

    Reply

  5. Rick

    November 19, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Hi bro! Enjoy your weekend with the grandkids. Thank you and take care.

    Reply

  6. Chuck

    November 19, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Raoul,

    I love a good camp out with the kids. One thing that you have to be sure to share is stories that you remember as a kid growing up of the parents and relatives. I cherish those stories that my Mom and Dad passed on to me. Especially the humorous anecdotes. I just wish that I had taken notes of all names. In those days, of the depression several families lived together and had many great stories to pass down. My folks were wonderful campers and I have many warm memories of our campfires. Yikes our eldest daughter just turned 60 Years this month and told us Friday she and her husband Bill bought a house in Hawaii! Aloha!

    You are right, the giver gets more joy from helping a needy person than the receiver gets! I am attaching a Goal Ball Video from the Blind friends that Linda Belle and I are helping. It is short – but I will send it via WeTransfer File. The impressive thing is that all of the men and women para-olympic athletes are Blind that are participating. I’ll call you I have some more to share with you on this.

    Blessings,

    Brother Chuck

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