Friday Favorites: Thinking Things

* A Song

When I think about some of the qualities I want to pass on to my children, I think about this song. “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynryd. It might not have all of its theological i’s dotted and t’s crossed (or it’s hair cut), but it’s a poignant song worth consideration.

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say.
And if you do this
It will help you some sunny day.
Take your time… Don’t live too fast,
Troubles will come and they will pass.
Go find a woman and you’ll find love,
And don’t forget son,
There is someone up above.

And be a simple kind of man.
Be something you love and understand.
Be a simple kind of man.
Won’t you do this for me son,
If you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul,
And you can do this if you try.
All that I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.


Boy, don’t you worry… you’ll find yourself.
Follow your heart and nothing else.
And you can do this if you try.
All I want for you my son,
Is to be satisfied.
* A Quote

When I think about the Carly Simon quotation “The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind”,

I think about how the sound of live running water hushes the noise in my mind.

* A Scripture

When I think about Proverbs 23: 6 – 7

Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;
do not desire his delicacies,
for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.


I think about how I don’t want to give with a reluctant hand.


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