By Lee Jones
Greetings, in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!
It is with much joy that I greet you through this form of media – especially because I have not written for a newspaper since 1963 – in Daytona Beach Florida, and had no notion that I would ever do it again. Yes, it’s true. It was my first job, just out of college at Grambling (now Grambling State University). Along with my first job, I received my lifetime Social Security number printed on that little blue card. As long ago as that was, that number is still with me – and happens to be one of the few numbers I know by heart. Today, if someone asks for my phone number, I immediately close my eyes and say, softly: “Uh…” (and I begin to wait as the digits find their way to the right place in the line-up, and put themselves into the correct order, so I can look squarely into the eyes of the interrogator and pronounce my phone number without stammering). But wake me up at two in the morning, ask for my Social Security number, and you’ll get it – like right now. The mind is an amazing thing!
So here I am, at the age of 76, Living, Loving, and still able to Laugh! I am still doing things I should have stopped doing many years past: teaching middle and high school students, coordinating bus tours to God-knows-where (on two semi-malfunctioning knees, I might add), coordinating activities for the Super Seniors Ministry at my church (and pretty much everyone else who asks me to help them get their project going) – and Loving every minute of it. “Why?” Because God allows and enables me to do it, and maybe this is the reason:
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV).
This scripture brings to mind a question: “What have you done with your God-given talents?” I don’t know many people who would answer: “Nothing.” So, considering that you are making use of your gifts, have you remembered that you were given those talents in order to help or serve someone else – other than yourself? Whatever you do well should be to the benefit of someone other than yourself – for the Glory of God!
A few years ago, the famous Janet Jackson had a hit song entitled “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” Janet wasn’t asking that question of God. She was talking to her man. “Ooh ooh ooh yeah! In another part of the song, she tells him: “I never ask for more than I deserve; you know it’s the truth.” Now on God’s behalf, ask yourself: “What Have You Done For Him Lately?” God never asks for more than He deserves, and you know that’s the truth. Ooh, Yeah! So because God is expecting us to be of service to others, as we serve Him, let’s do that!
Don’t use your gifts just for you. Love someone else enough to share. Let’s start NOW. Here’s some “ homework” for you (Sorry! I forgot to say this sooner: I Give Homework!):
• If you can get up out of your bed, just do it (no matter what the reason)! A bed is not a final resting place. It is a place of temporary rest for the body, and the mind – for only as long as you need it. Then, you get up!
• Pick up the phone and call somebody that you haven’t seen or heard from in years. Make the effort! Dial the number, Child!
• If your vision is waning, get your “reading glasses” out of the drawer next to your bed, pick up your Bible, and just read something! “Air’an is better than Nair’n!”
• If you have a rocking chair, get in it and pray for someone else while you rock!
• Think of something you can make (create) or do that you have never made or done before, and do it! Then give it to someone else.
• If you are spending your days complaining about your aches and age, STOP it! Get a calculator and determine the number of years God has given you, then the number of days, then hours. By the time you get to the hours, you should be “Dancing!” *If you have trouble with the calculations, find a 5-year-old kid to do it for you. You’ll have your answer before you finish asking the question!
• Pick a good ‘ole hymn that you love, and sing it aloud to the Lord – All Day! When you have completed the above, Start Over at Number One!
• Call me. Tell me what you did, and give me your name, age, and progress report. (225.276.7332).
Recommended Community Activity
The Lighthouse Missionary Baptist Church of Franklin and New Iberia, LA (Allen R. Randle Sr., Pastor) presents “Gospel Storm III,” a three-nights Mega Mass Community Choir Workshop (April 18-20, 2016), culminating in a one-night Revival Service (April 21, 2016), in New Iberia. *Guest Clinician for the workshop will be Bro. Greg Jones, native Baton Rougeon and Minister of Music at FAME (First African Methodist Episcopal) Church, Los Angeles. *Guest Minister for the Revival Service will be the world-renown Gospel singer and Pastor, Donnie McClurkin, Perfecting Faith Church, Long Island, New York. For more detailed information, please contact: Lee Jones (225.276.7332)
Food to Enrich Your Sense of Spiritual Humor:
A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: “STOP! Acts 2:38!” The burglar stopped in his tracks! The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.
As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture at you.”
“Scripture?” replied the burglar. “She said she had an AX and Two 38s!”
*A Visionary Moment: An event is being designed with YOU in mind!
Be on the lookout for a major event: “A Gathering of Old People!” It will be a Blast from The Past, so get your church hats and “Shout’n Shoes” out of storage. It ain’t gon’ be nothing nice!