Walking on a Thin Line in a Dark Place

Originally published in September 1994

Stanley is one of my bestfriends ever.We met back in Bible college many years ago.While I was at this particular college with a purpose, Stanley did not want to be there for any reason whatsoever.Our introduction to each other was a few grunts from him and no impression from me.Yet somehow he chose my apartment to be his place to avoid everything about that college.At first, it had nothing to do with it being my apartment.He would just be there coming and going as he pleased often with very little conversation to anyone.My room mates and I soon learned to ignore the lump on the living room floor in front of the TV.

As time passed Stanley did try to get to know me and he even started to help around the apartment.Now years later and many adventures and memories later, he is one of my best friends I've ever had.I can even take him out in public now because those first introduction grunts have been replaced with pleasant words.

Reputation and Character

Originally published in July 1994

I don’t know the source for this profound poem but it is something that marks my life.

"Reputation is what you are supposed to be. Character is what you are.

Reputation is a photograph. Character is your face.

Reputation is what you have when you come to a new place. Character is what you have when you go away.

Reputation is learned in an hour. Character does not come to light for years.

Reputation is made from a single newspaper report. Character is built from a life of toil.

Reputation makes you rich or poor. Character makes you happy or miserable.

Reputation is what men say about you on your tombstone. Character is what the angels say about you around the throne of God."

One Day I'm Going to Fly

Originally published in June 1994

I wait and I wait and I wait.I know the dreams for my life and I have to wait!I want to go!I want to do!I think I'm ready to go and do but I have to wait!Here I am waiting and waiting and waiting.I may be sounding monotonous but I'm waiting--and I'm tired of it!

"But that’s not all!We gladly suffer..."This waiting is suffering for many numerous reasons for which I'm sure you don't need to hear about.I'm trying to be joyous in this waiting but my joy is more like obedience.I know I am to be joyous somehow.