Pass the…Nuts

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34, Common English Bible).

This is part 2 in the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” for a listing on the other posts please see the index.

Many are the times, when we go to a meal in the homes of a lot of folks, there is something there to snack on for those of us who are early arrivals. It may not be considered part of the “real meal.” It may not even be considered an hors d’oeuvre. It is just a little something to snack on while we wait for everyone else to arrive and the real meal to begin.

I am one who is habitually early for everything. I hate to be late for anything. If you were to ask Wayne or Christopher when they were growing up, it is just one of many things that drove me “nuts.” At work, I may have gotten in trouble for a variety of things, being late was almost never one of them.

Since I am almost always early I know it is not at all uncommon for some people to have out little snacks such as chips and dips, a veggie tray or a dish of mixed nuts. Perhaps we have learned a little something from the Mexican food industry with their chips and salsa, if you keep people eating they are less likely to complain. And, no, if I came (early) to your house and you didn’t have something like that, I would not complain.

If you are one of those people who is opposite from me, you may have no idea that people do these kinds of things. After all, by the time you get there I have probably already eaten all the nuts. Well, I did have some help from others who arrived early.

But the thing is, whenever we gather with family and friends, nuts are not something in short supply, even when they aren’t on the menu. I used to have a friend (now deceased) who would say, “Sure I’m crazy. But I have more fun than normal people.” You could easily substitute the words “I’m a nut” for “I’m crazy.” He would never have argued.

One of the things I always look forward to when I have the opportunity to gather with family and friends is having the nuts of the group join in. No, I am not talking about people who are certifiable. All of us may have a few of those hanging around. But, I am talking about those kind of people who are always ready with a story or a joke. I am talking about those who can grab my attention by tickling my funny-bone and getting me to laugh. I love to laugh. I think God wants us to laugh. Joy exudes from us when we laugh and God wants us to be, calls us to be people of joy. Our lesson also reminds us to give thanks for God’s goodness. Laughter, at least to me, is a sign of God’s goodness. That translates to, the “nuts” in our lives are signs of God’s goodness. In our laughter I believe we also see God’s faithfulness.

So, would you please pass the nuts. The nuts at the table remind me of the other nuts at the table. I might be a consumer of the first (I do enjoy eating from a nice dish of mixed nuts) but I enjoy the others even more. They remind me of the joy that goes with having a thankful heart.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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