Make It Useful

I keep my eyes open for guitars for a program I have some ties to a program called, “Guitars for Vets.” But this post isn’t really about that. A few weeks ago I found a used guitar online. The brand was one I know pretty well and enjoy playing. It is a well known company. The owner did say in had a “small” crack in the neck. I looked at the pictures and it did appear to be a small crack and the price was only $20 so I bought it. It was not a small crack in the neck. The only thing keeping the neck on the guitar was the fret board. Had I tightened the strings, it likely would have snapped the neck.

I don’t intend this to be an instructional post. If people want it I may make a separate post for that purpose. Let me know in the comments below.

Basically I took a guitar that was still pretty on the outside and gave the inside new life. As a whole it has a new life and purpose. It used to make music but now it is a decorative light fixture, clock, and small stereo. It still makes music as before.

God does the same thing for us.

As Jesus walked along the Sea of Galilee he encountered four fishermen, James and John, Simon and Andrew. Jesus told them to come and follow him and they would fish for people. Jesus repurposed their lives.

Cindy loves the old television show MASH. We have all the series on DVD and watch it sometimes. On the show Major Winchester is a lover of classical music. A patient comes to the hospital with a wounded leg and hand. The hand is too severely damaged. There was nothing to be done. Winchester did, however, save the soldier’s leg.

The soldier wasn’t happy that he had lost the hand. The leg was not important, the hand was important. As a result the soldier went into a deep depression.

In the end, Winchester obtained some music that was written for people with the use of only one hand. Winchester goes on to explain that the music was for his joy. But he also had a gift. The soldier interrupted him, and placing the emphasis on had a gift, now it was gone.

Winchester continues. He tells the soldier that the gift wasn’t in his hands, it was in his heart. Now he had to find other way of expressing it as a conductor, teacher, composer, or others. He then says, “The gift cannot be silenced if you do not let it be silent.

Winchester, I should probably say God through Winchester, is trying to re-purpose the soldier. The idea took a concert pianist and make him something new to the world of music.

For people like you and me, God takes what we have and gives us new life in service to both God and neighbor. God re-purposes us and in so doing, if we let God re-purpose us, God will change the world.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
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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

One thought on “Make It Useful

  1. This is o e of my favorite episodes of MASH, thanks for a fresh view point.
    Loved are visit with you and Cindy.
    Safe travels.

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