Recently, several families I know lost sons in a tragic car wreck. Sam Clayton Kelly, Mason Wilbanks, and Walker Kelly are living in grand style in Heaven today. Since their call to Heaven, God has really been working in lives of people they touched during their brief 19 year stay on Earth. I got a really cool email today from my friend Ken Wilbanks who told me that their family has been invited to Oxford tomorrow for the Kappa Alpha fraternity initiation banquet. During the banquet, all three boys will be officially initiated as members of the Kappa Alpha Order because their academic requirements were met in order for them to be officially recognized as members. Just hearing that the fraternity made that gesture to continue to come alongside the families warmed my heart.
One of my radio brothers who I hope to meet someday lost a child several years ago. An unbelievable tragedy happened to Rick Burgess and his precious son Bronner four years ago. I was reading Rick's newsletter this morning and he ended his amazing letter with this:
"I have struggled more missing him this year and there are days when the separation from him hits me like a sledge hammer to the point that I am rendered helpless to continue on, but that's when the comfort that only comes from total dependence on my sweet savior kicks in and I continue on to be a husband to my wife, a father to my children who remain with me, a host of a show who depends on me and most importantly a walking talking testimony of thanks to a GOD who has shown me great mercy. It's not forever son, the reunion is coming but in the meantime there is work to be done."
I'm off to work Ken. I'm off to work Rick! God bless you guys. Thanks for your incredible inspiration in my life.
This could be a very interesting year for the Mississippi legislature. With complete control of the House and Senate, Mississippi Republicans could move a lot of their legislation through without many problems. One bill that I really like is Senate Bill 2224. It’s still in committee right now, but if it passes it would require able-bodied people who receive public financial assistance to perform 20 hours of community service per week or they won’t get paid. It’s about time! Mississippi has got to find a way to break the cycle of handouts. Just look at the model the Salvation Army is providing for our community. Their new mission is to provide a hand up not a hand out. Again, the bill is still in committee but that would be really interesting to see what will happen if it passes.
Congratulations to my friends Tara & Keys Hayes. They are the proprietors of the Flowood Chick Fil A restaurant at Dogwood Festival. The Hayes and their staff (family) are an amazing light to our community. They received the amazing news earlier this week from Chick Fil A corporate that they will be proprietors of their 2nd location to open in Brandon, MS during the summer of 2012. I spoke with Tara Hayes this morning who shared the good news with me. The new Chick Fil A will be located on Crossgates Blvd just north of I-20. If you drive by that area, you'll notice that the ground has already been broken and leveled for the project. I can't think of a more deserving family to receive this tremendous honor! Tara and Keys -- it's awesome to see what's happening in your lives because of the way you bring glory to Him! We'll be there to celebrate with you this summer.
We went to lunch with some friends after church on Sunday and we were laughing because the week before, we ran into Mama Hamil at Newk’s in Ridgeland. I walked over to her and gave her a hug and said, “Isn’t it sacrilegious for you to be in another restaurant other than your own?” She said without missing a beat, “I’ve gotta keep an eye on the competition. Besides, my kitchen’s closed today.” Competition Mama? I don’t think you have any. If the kitchen is open at Mama Hamil’s you WIN. I love that lady and that restaurant. That was the funniest thing that happened to me all week. What about you?
I spend alot of time thinking about how I can be a better dad, husband, friend, and employee. Recently, I found a great website that offers a daily email called "All Pro Dad." On Friday, they posted a great article called "Man vs. Boy." I thought this was too good not to share. I sent it to my daughter and we've had some great talks over the weekend about this. It also helped me avoid sounding like a preacher. I do that enough with her.
Teaching Our Daughters The Difference Between Boys vs. Men
We need to teach our daughters the difference between:
A boy who flatters her
And a man who compliments her
A boy who spends money on her
And a man who invests in her
A boy who views her as property
And a man who views her properly
A boy who lusts after her
And a man who loves her
A boy who believes he’s God’s gift to women
And a man who remembers woman was God’s gift to man
Stay tuned for all the details about the homecoming celebration for Sgt Ryan Bostick of Madison. He has been serving in the 298th Combat Battalion in Afghanistan with the USMC for the last year. There are two really sweet parts to this homecoming: 1. Friday is Ryan's birthday. 2. Ryan's family has left all of the Christmas decorations in place in their home so they can celebrate with their American Hero when he gets home.
This was easily the best movie I saw in 2011. It's been a total life changer for me. If you have an opportunity to pick it up at Best Buy, Wal Mart, or Lifeway you won't be disappointed! This will be one of those movies that I watch 10 times a year.