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Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014
 
Thanksgiving
 
     "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." Col. 3: 14,17
 
    The following is a short list of some things that I'm thankful for.
 
1. For parents who were wise in introducing me to church from the beginning of my life.
2. For infant baptism and parental commitment to raise me in a Godly fashion.
3. For adult baptism as my choice to show my commitment to God.
4. For God's continuing grace.
5. For a bicycle as a child, which inspired a motorcycle as an adult.
6. For "dedication, determination, and dependability" which led to a career as a lawyer.
7. For Cheryl, who loves God and cares so much for family.
8. For our children and lineal descendants who have revealed God's plan of love to me.
9. For the people God has put in my life--the good, the bad and the ugly.
10. For a heart that cares for others, though some might question that one.
11. For living long enough to experience and begin to understand the road map of life, the Bible.
12. For days of reflection and days that wear me out with physical and mental activity.
13. For sports and the comradery that teaches the importance of working together.
14. For Moo Cow Bikers and the friendships experienced there---probably the first time since childhood that I have made the time to enjoy the fellowship of like minded folk.
15. For being raised in the country and going to a school with all twelve grades under one roof and for having friends for all twelve years. Some of us are still friends today.
16. For the cleansing blood of Jesus, that was shed for a sinner like me.
 
    "and be thankful" on this and every day.
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow, Moo Cow Bikers

Blue Ridge Parkway

November 16, 2014
 
Riding
 
    A couple of sayings on one of the refrigerator doors: "Some days, you can almost hear it calling from the garage." "The best part of any journey is the people we meet along the way." I know that I can almost hear the "amens" as you read this.
    As stated in earlier writings, it's not a disease, or a flaw in our personalities, it's just a gene that most don't have. When God created us, He smiled and put that little extra into our makeup. His Bible references many talents and how He is honored when we use those talents to glorify Him. Unfortunately, too many honor things that don't honor God. Just take a look at what sells in our society today. How much television, how many movies, how many houses, cars, pastimes honor God?
    Let me share a Blue Ridge Parkway ride with you.
    As I left the house to take the bike to the Hangar, I applied the brakes at the end of the driveway. I use rear brakes a lot. Nothing, but a dead petal. Yes, front brakes are used more to stop a bike, but on "normal" stops, the rear brake does a great job. Great start to a ride on the BRP. Left the bike for pickup and hauling to Roanoke.
    Saturday morning at 6:45 AM, (we had planned to depart at 5:45, but thought a delay would help in the temperature department) the craft was sitting on the pad, the pilots standing at ready with smiles on their faces, five of the six riders standing on "go." We board, after prayer. Dan and Charles I know. Introductions all around. Mitch and Jim are the riders who are new to the group. Both had done riding for some time, but this would be their first group ride. Wayne would meet us in Roanoke.
    Something to remember: Those who are new to a group, need to be made welcome. Dan is great at making that happen. At Dan's suggestion, each person talked about self, with Dan filling in where he though we might have overlooked something. Interesting time together.
    The flight was great, uneventful, and provided great views of where we were be riding. When we landed, the bikes were waiting for us. Unfortunately, the drivers of the truck, immediately headed back to headquarters. They had delivered the load safely. We also waived to the aircraft as it taxied for takeoff.
    As the day would not reach 30 degrees, each rider donned warm weather gear. Mitch had a brand new one piece suit that looked warm. Only problem was getting it on and off!!! Experience reminded me that "electrics" are the way to go in cold weather. Yep, have not changed my mind there.
    We only had the one U turn before getting on the parkway. Seems we drove past the entrance. All was well. Wayne, Charles and Dan made up the first part of our group, with Mitch, Jim and I in the back. It did not take long to realize that the first three could stay together and the last three would make do. It all worked out.
    We were late for the prime time of the leaves, but at least we had sunny weather. Wayne had no CB, so if we needed him, that required riding up next to him. Not always easy considering that Wayne is still a member of the Rabbit group!
    The 45 MPH speed limit was stretched all the time, but the park patrolmen that we saw provided grace and we happily continued south. The parkway has no commercial stops and obtaining gas provided interesting side rides. Some gravel roads, but they led to paved roads. Is's also surprising low close local and national roads parallel the parkway road in places.
    Dinner suggestions led us to Boone, NC.. Franklin Graham, one of his faithful supporters, and the Operator of the CFA in Boone joined us for dinner at a fine restaurant. We discovered the restaurant when the Boone Operator found lodging for us in the gated, elegant, condo complex. We did have a few U turns on the grounds, as we frequently were not exactly sure where to go, and how to get there.
    Dinner provided great food, and greater times of sharing together. Dan again, had everyone talk about themselves. One of the proprietors was from Jonesboro, Georgia. I had donned a watch that had not been adjusted to day light savings time, so I was ready an hour early the next morning. Thought it seemed might dark outside!!
    Coming off the mountain out of Boone provided the greatest spectacle of God's creation for the weekend. The road is 4 laned both ways, the trees having been cleared, and the views breathtaking. " Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called Seas; and God saw that it was good." Gen. 1: 9 & 10.
God just showed off for our little band of riders on that stretch of road.
    All of this riding and coming off the mountains resulted in temperatures rising. Oh, and the Dillard House for lunch put finishing touches on our time together. It was a great weekend of meeting new people, bonding friendships, laughing with each other, seeing how different ministries are working together to God's glory, all with the feeling of the Holy Spirit among us all the time.
    And you know, I can't even almost feel the bike calling from the garage. It's still at Great South HD. They are trying to discover what is not functioning on the brake system. But it will get fixed and then I will answer the call once again. Ride, brothers and sisters. It's in our genes!!!
 
    Be a blessing to someone today.
 
The Vice Cow

Venting

 

November 2, 2014

 

 

 

Venting

 

 

 

    It's hard to be a University of Georgia football fan. They always have an above average team, but never a great team. Every year I allow self to believe the hype, buy into the fact that they have so many great athletes, that despite the fact that, well, maybe they are missing some cogs, all the other athletes will make up for those short comings. Then, every year, the Dogs fall on their behinds and just STINK a few games---just enough failures to keep them "better than average, but never great." We all have our excuses, but the fact remains that the buck stops at the top.

 

    Mark Richt is a wonderful, God fearing, good works, man. It's just that he does not have the killer instinct to produce great teams. He knew that last years QB would be gone this year, and yet, he depends on a 5th year senior, a backup, to lead the team this year. As I've frequently said: maybe he should consider the missionary field.

 

    Then there always seems to be a great athlete who doesn't have sense enough to get out of the rain. This years' athlete has hurt the team more than expected--especially after the team did not miss a beat for two games after he was declared ineligible.

 

    How can a defense allow the opposition to run the same play (though it be on one side then the other) for 20 + times and not catch on as to stopping the play? Something is missing here.

 

    Who knows, possibly the administration has decided that it does not want a great team. Possibly the administration just wants a "better than average" team. If so, mission accomplished. You have earned an A+ in "better than average."

 

    I submit that if UGA plays the rest of the year as they did yesterday, the Dogs just might not win another game! But, that won't happen because the Dogs are "better than average."

 

    And it was not just yesterdays rear whipping game: it happens every year. Frankly, I'm not satisfied with "better than average." I expect excellence. I certainly could not just be "better than average" in my career. Josh posted yesterday that he is through with the Dogs and he graduated as a Dog. I might have to fall into that category and find a team with a winning administration and coaching staff.

 

    Heard enough? How about them Falcons?

 

    You can take this to the bank: if motorcycle riding was as frustrating as the UGA football team, I would not be a rider.

 

    Here is some good news. Life is more than UGA football. I'm also a fan of Jesus Calling, a 365 day devotional. Daily, the author encourages her readers to have a closer relationship with God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. She also provides scripture to back up the daily message. That is a welcome approach compared to some "feel good" speakers.

 

    David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. He was chosen to lead Gods people; he was a man of God. And yet, David fell short. David learned to ask forgiveness. Psalm 116 is not one attributed to David, but when considering David's life, I can see his wisdom in this Psalm. Verses 1-9: "I love the Lord, because He hears my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. The cords of death encompassed me, and the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I beseech Thee, save my life!" Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For Thou hast rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living."

 

    Possibly, I should not put too much emotional focus on the Bulldogs. I should put more emotional focus on God and His Bible.

 

 

 

Be a blessing to someone today.

 

 

 

The Vice Cow