Tyler and Bug-Bug

31 When Judas was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Human One has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32 If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify the Human One in himself and will glorify him immediately. 33 Little children, I’m with you for a little while longer. You will look for me—but, just as I told the Jewish leaders, I also tell you now—‘Where I’m going, you can’t come.’

34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” (John 13:31-35, Common English Bible)

A few nights ago I watching something, the news or something. Exactly what watched I can’t recall. Maybe I was on the internet or something. However it happened, I encountered a news story that grabbed my attention. Last night I went back out on the internet trying to find the story. It wasn’t hard but I still don’t know where I saw it. It was one of those feel good stories. As surprising as feel-good stories might be, this was one in my experience really stood out.Tyler is a three year old boy who lives in Clinton Mississippi. Like many young children, Tyler loves cars and trucks. Tyler isn’t just interested in his toy cars and trucks, Tyler loves the real deal. Most kids probably do. Unlike other kids though, the truck Tyler loves the most is the garbage truck. That for me is the surprising part of the story. I don’t know how developed the sense of smell is for three-year-olds but I do know how bad a garbage truck smells .

Back at Thanksgiving and Christmas Tyler (and his grandmother) made goodies for the garbage truck crew. When Tyler’s birthday came around, the crew had a stuffed animal for a birthday gift.

It is not a relationship without risk. On garbage day Tyler wants to rush out to meet the truck even though if he was late, the truck would wait (they have neve waited for me but then again, I’m not a cute three-year-old that made them goodies at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Other days, Tyler impatiently waited with cookies on the curb. He ran to meet them all but at first, he ignored most of the crew to grabbed onto his best friend’s leg. This was Tyler’s “Bug-Bug.” I don’t know what Bug-But’s name is but he works for Waste Management.776

It doesn’t take a lot of looking to find that Tyler and Bug-Bug have a special relationship. As you can see from the picture above, Tyler is an Anglo young man and Bug-Bug is African=American. Tyler’s mom says, Tyler never notices the color of his friend’s skin, he just sees his special buddy. She also said, Bug-Bug doesn’t notice that Tyler is white. They share a special bond.

This post is about loving one another. It isn’t a post about race though this is a great example of how we should treat each other. This began not as a story about the friendship between an Anglo-American, boy and an African American man. It started with that boy’s fascination with a garbage truck.

That being said, had that man not taken the time to show an interest in that boy, there would have been no friendship and absolutely no story.

“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” I can’t help but think, Tyler and Bug-Bug have accomplished that love one another part already. In fact, think they have it down pat.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

In Search of the Genuine,

copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
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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

One thought on “Tyler and Bug-Bug

  1. A very good story on the boy’s love and his friendship with Bug Bug. It does show how everyone should treat each other. The way Jesus taught us to love one another.

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