Give Me That Mountain

He Makes It All Possible

A Change of Mind. Day eleven...

I know wood. For over twenty years I operated a furniture factory. And I can't imagine a problem with furniture that I haven't dealt with. If a family member or a friend has a problem with something made out of wood I am completely confident that I can help him or her deal with it in the best way possible. Now I can't take a piece of furniture that's in a pile of ashes and restore it to its original condition. But if I have anything to work with at all, I can fix it.

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Enjoying the Journey

A Change of Mind. Day twelve...

A few years ago Sherrel and I were invited to a Christmas party at a home located in a subdivision south of Joplin that is nothing but a bunch of winding streets. The host knew how difficult it would be for us to find his home so he gave us a detailed set of instructions.

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Dead but Alive

A Change of Mind. Day thirteen...

“I can't live without my _____?” What would you put in the blank?

  • Cell phone?
  • Music?
  • Dog?
  • Chocolate?
  • Job?
  • Ice cream?

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A Control Issue

A Change of Mind. Day fourteen...

Do you happen to be an adrenaline junkie? A few months ago, as I was getting a haircut, the barber next to us didn't have anyone in her chair at the time. She joined in the conversation as I was describing my very brief (as in about four seconds) career as a bull rider. I found out that she was truly an adrenaline junkie.

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Thought Ahead of Action

A Change of Mind. Day fifteen...

When it comes to any one of the foolish things of man, if I haven't done it, I've probably thought about doing it. But alcohol is one temptation that's never affected me. Alcohol, however, has been a big problem for some of those in the classes I teach, and I've wanted to better understand the journey from sober to drunk.

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My Thoughts and Ways Committee

A Change of Mind. Day sixteen...

The United States House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Ways and Means committee for short, is supposed to find out all the ways and means government can raise the money necessary to do its business.

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Laying Down Everything

A Change of Mind. Day seventeen...

How much money do we spend here in the United States on self defense? A large corporation will typically spend more than $500,000 a year protecting its CEO. Supposedly, seventeen percent of our 125 million homes have a security system, which amounts to an expenditure of a little over $5 billion a year (based on my rough estimates).

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God Wants More than Bits and Pieces of Our Lives

A Change of Mind. Day eighteen...

Sometimes holding out in professional sports is a good thing.

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Conforming Will Give You a Headache

A Change of Mind. Day nineteen...

When I moved to Chicago to study music I was on my own for the first time—a nineteen‐year old with very big dreams and a very small bank account. So I had to be thrifty. I was so thrifty, in fact, that when I had a hankering to eat out someplace nice, I would first fill up on cheap burgers at a White Castle. Then I would go to a nice restaurant and enjoy the ambience with the least expensive hors d'oeuvre on the menu.

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Transformation Must Be Intentional

A Change of Mind. Day twenty...

When I lived in Chicago as a “starving” musician, three guys assaulted me at gunpoint and stole my trombone—right in front of my apartment building. Did I directly cause these punks to steal my most valuable possession? Of course not. I was the victim of a crime.

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