Your Stuff

Of all the things we can find today
The things we think we need
To seek and gain the toys of life
At the best possible speed.

Give me fast, give me slick
My car makes me look good.
500 horses with speeds of 180
Now I’ll be understood.

Driving my car pleases me so,
The speed gives me a rush.
What just flew by and showed me slow,
A faster car or I’ll have to hush.

A faster car to keep me ahead
Will make me happy again
Yes, I only had the first one a month
But it’s ugly, slow, and offends.

This is it, a hundred more horsepower
It has a top speed of 202,
I head for home, I’m passed again
This just simply will not do.

Back at the dealer, the next day bright
I need more speed salesman Dave
This one’s electric and goes even faster
What a deal, I saved!

So goes a tale of a happiness scale
That sees things shining bright
When once the bright begins to grow dull
Our eyes lose their light.

Happiness won’t come from what we possess
Stuff will never allow it to start
Whatever we have, we’ll want even more
Real joy is a matter of heart.

Jesus once met a wealthy young man
Who wanted eternal life.
Go on your way and obey the law
I did but my soul is in strife.

There is one more thing for you to do
It is hard but try if you can.
Sell all your stuff and give to the poor,
Come join this little band.

He dropped his head and he walked away
His stuff had control of him.
Rich though he was, his things were his life
Now his chances for joy were slim.

We can have little or we can have much,
Our needs still remain the same
It cannot be found in the things we own
We find joy in Christ’s Holy name.

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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