Daily Dose, June 4 — Moments to Remember

Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” (Matthew 15:10-11)

I was 22 years old when I entered the ministry. Bishop Canon sent me to serve two small and unfortunate churches in rural Jackson County. I did my best there for three years and have a 5-gallon bucket full of good memories. I once pulled into a gravel drive where 35-year-old Keith was building a house. He and 3 of his helpers were sitting on the tailgate of his truck enjoying a cold beer.

I hopped out of my Queen Ford F-100 and heard Keith say the word “preacher” loud and clear. All the cold beer was quickly hidden in the back of the truck. Their action caught me by complete surprise and, to be honest, I found it funny as all get out.

I talked with Keith and the construction crew for about half an hour as we baked together in the Georgia July humid heat. Before I left, I asked Keith if he knew of anything that tasted worse than lukewarm beer. We had a pretty good laugh and agreed that, henceforth and forevermore, we would be completely ourselves without apology or putting on airs. My sermon on the following Sunday was inspired by that moment and the keen insight of our Lord Jesus. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don