Great Philosophy

The   following is the philosophy of Charles  Schulz, the  creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic  strip.

First, Take This Quiz..

1.  Name  the five wealthiest people in the world.

2.  Name  the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3.  Name  the last five winners of the Miss  America pageant.

4   Name  ten people who have won the  Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5.  Name  the last half dozen Academy Award  winners for best actor and actress.

6.  Name  the last decade’s worth of World  Series wi nners.

How  did you do?

The  point :

None of us remember the headliners of  yesterday.

These  are not second-rate achievers.

They  are the best in their fields.

But  the applause dies..

Awards  tarnish..

Achievements  are forgotten.

Accolades  and certificates are buried with their owners..

Here’s  another quiz. See how you do on this  one:

1.  List a few teachers who aided your journey  through school.

2.  Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3.  Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4.  Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5.  Think of five people you enjoy spending time  with.

Easier?

The  lesson:

The  people who make a difference in your life are  not the ones with the most  credentials, the  most money…or the most awards.

They  simply are the ones who care the  most

‘Don’t  worry about the world coming to an end today.  Its already tomorrow in Australia !’

”Be  Yourself. Everyone Else Is  Taken!”

Grandbaby Number 8 Arrives

It is official.  We now have 8 grandchildren.   9lb 5oz Samuel William Hutsell was born Monday, January 25, 2009 in New Bern, NC to proud parents Kris and Megan Hutsell and their family.  He was 21 inches long with red hair and an attitude.

Samuel William Hutsell

Mom and family are doing fine!!

Megan with Isaac, Lily, Samuel, Henry, Alivia, and Emmaline

Praise the Lord for a successful pregnancy and birth.  Surely dad will enjoy a few days off too.

Sing A Little Louder

by Penny Lea

The following years were spoken to me by an old man a few years ago following a message that I delivered at a large church on the east coast.

“I lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended a church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews; but like most people today in this country, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it?

A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from a distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming form the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews. They were on their way to the death camps.

Week after week that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that he Jews would begin to cry out to us as they passed our church.  It was so terribly disturbing!  We could do nothing to help these poor, miserable people; yet their screams tormented us.  We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow, and we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. By the time that train came rumbling past the church yard, we were singing at the top of our voices.  If some of the screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more.

Years have passed and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive me.  God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians , yet did nothing to intervene.

Now, so many years later, I see it happening all over again in America.  God forgive you as Americans for you have blocked out the screams of millions of your own children. The Holocaust is here. The response is the same as it was in my country  ——–

SILENCE”

So this is what retirement looks like!!

Praise the Lord for His providence.  Entering a new year on unemployment is definitely a work of faith in progress, but He has not failed us yet, so we will trust Him to sustain us even now.

The Christmas season was very enjoyable as we were able to spend time with both Kris and Joel’s families.  The biggest difference was that it was not spent at our house.  We even left the tree in the attic.

We spent Christmas with Kris and Megan and the kids in eastern North Carolina where we assumed it would be warmer, but, with exception of a couple of days,  it was a normal cold Christmas with the exception of snow.

We had a great time there, and when we came home, we spent New Year’s (Christmas) with Joel and Katie and their girls. Joel had to work a lot over Christmas too, so this worked out great for them too.

Lately my time has been spent searching for potential employment just in case they don’t call us back very soon.  Until then, we will just keep the old belt cinched up real tight and do things real frugally.

God has been blessing so much lately and I have personally been encouraged with some possibilities to serve Him to an even greater degree.  I have recently been allowed to sing with  or audition for a couple of  established SG quartets.   Please pray that God will lead in whatever way He wants me to go, because both quartets have openings that I could fill.

One quartet is very well established and has a busy schedule.  The other quartet could really use someone to help them develop their sound a lot, so I need to make sure that I am following the Lord’s leading and not my own.

I also started going to the local Barbershop Harmony Society chapter in Kokomo to enjoy honing my craft and as well enjoying singing those close-knit harmonies.