How Do We Know?
Year One, Week Nineteen
My pastor recently asked me to teach the adult Vacation Bible School class at our church this summer. I asked him if there was a book or specific topic he wished me to address. He said that he could get me a book or that I could choose one of my own.
I came home and examined my bookshelves. I found a book by Bill Hybels entitled Who You Are When No One’s Looking: Choosing Consistency, Resisting Compromise. What a fascinating subject, I thought.
My pastor asked me last evening if I had come up with a topic. I told him about this book, and he said, “The secret life.” I was given the stamp of approval.
I have several acquaintances and a few friends. One of my best friends in this world was Mark Martin, but until he died I didn’t realize how little I knew about him. His mother gave me the opportunity to deliver a eulogy at his funeral, and people in his home town were amazed at how different my friendship with him was than his relationship with his friends and family back home. I did not know where he kept the key to his house, nor did I know his mother’s name, but his family did not know the extent of his well-developed sense of humor. It amazed me how the one and only Mr. Martin shared different aspects of his personality in his hometown and in Union County.
We have discussed in Sunday School how that many times we only know people in the context in which we see them. How do other church folks and I act when we are away from church? How differently do we act at home, at school, or at work? How do we interact with our families and friends in different situations?
There was once a student in the fourth grade. To his teachers, he was a well behaved student who made good grades. He had good attendance. He was not a good looking kid (some would have called him downright ugly) and therefore not the most popular child in school. He was scrawny, wore glasses, and his clothes were not exactly ever in style at the same time.
There came a day when this child was absent from school on the first and only day of his fourth grade year. When he returned to school the next day, he never told any of his classmates why he had been absent. He cried not because of why he was absent but because his teacher had taught long division that day and he was lost when he returned. The teacher paired him with another student who caught him up to speed.
Why did this child miss school? The boy’s father was an alcoholic, and he had come home drunk on the previous night. The boy saw his father point a pistol to his mother’s head. In terror, the boy ran out the back door. About the time he reached the bottom of the steps, he heard a shot. For a few moments he thought his father had killed his mother, until the back door flung open and his mother came sailing down the steps. He and his mother snuck to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor took them to spend the night with one of the mother’s cousins. They had left in haste with only the clothes on their bodies, but the mother borrowed a Bible from her cousin so she could conduct her nightly devotion. Before she went to bed, she found a chip of paint in her hair that fell when her husband shot into the ceiling.
The next morning, the two returned home to find a sick husband and father in bed. Remembering little if anything of the night before, the father wanted to know why his son was not in school. He allowed he would drive the boy to school, but a massive hangover and accompanying sickness prevented the father from possibly killing his son and himself in a drunk driving accident.
Few if any of his teachers knew much about this boy’s home life. The child told his teacher part of the reason he had been absent, but not all, only that he had missed school because his father was drunk. To many people the father was a serious natured man (some would have even said “sober” without recognizing the irony). He was honest, hardworking, and paid his bills. Nevertheless, he had an addiction and “a secret life” of which many were unaware.
The moral of the story—people are not always what they seem, and many children and adults live under the shadow of addictions other than their own.
Next week I’ll discuss the meaning of character, and how our good character can help us overcome the shortfalls we sometimes find in others.
Historians will record 2018 as the second year in a row of a balanced budget for Union County; likely the most significant legislative accomplishment of the County Commission in a generation. Union County’s budget is one of the most important pieces of public policy the Commission enacts every year.
My husband's widowed mother married her former brother-in-law in our living room. Uncle Charlie had hurt his leg putting down our well on the property of what was to be our new home, closer to my husband's work. The minister said it wasn't written anywhere that you had to stand to be married. We were all seated.
Back to the well. The water table was high at the new place. We didn't need to drill a well, Uncle Charlie said. He would help us pound down a well. It was cheaper to do than drilling a well. The three of us could do it.
Some spices I am privileged to experience from the side line.
That spring evening, my daughter Sara’s softball team was playing the number one, undefeated team in their league. The other team were all 12 years old whereas Sara’s teammates were barely 10. We went in with no illusions of victory. If we were lucky, we may get one run.
At the top of the third inning, Sara went up to bat. At this point, none of ours girls had made it to first base, which was no surprise. At least they looked cute in their red, white, and blue outfits.
The pitcher threw. Sara swung.
I remember when I worked full time in a sewing factory. My mind would wander while sewing. After you do the same stitching over and over, it doesn't take all your attention to do the job. My mind would wander to wondering what I would fix for supper that evening. My kids were in the lower grades in school and came home about the same time I did. They had a long bus ride.
When you run across a snake, their normal reaction is to get away. But if they feel threatened enough all snakes will bite defensibly. If you are bitten, here are some recommended first aide treatments.
Try to determine if it’s venomous or not. If you’re confident it’s not you can treat the bite like you would a puncture wound. Check with your doctor to see if you might need a tetanus shot booster.
Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for our open music jam on Saturday, July 21 at our outdoor stage just up the road from our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. We are happy to announce that local artists, Dixie Nicely and Wendal Sturgill, will kick off the festivities from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. 7:00 will begin the open mic/jam portion of the evening when we invite guests to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate.
"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" Margaret Chesney
The next regular workshop and meeting of the Union County Board of Education will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Union County High School. The workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the meeting immediately to follow.
REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
· None at Time of Publication
2. Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer
On February 22, 2018, A Call To Prayer was made in the Luttrell Community. Several community pastor agreed to go back to their respective churches and call on their members to pray for the Lord to guide in an effort to unite our churches with a common goal of a Community Worship & Revival leading folks to Jesus the only begotten son of God.
Melvin E. Ingram, age 79 of Knoxville, passed away July 17, 2018. Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00pm Friday July 20, 2018 at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel with service to follow. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Saturday July 21, 2018 at Pleasant Piney Grove Cemetery in Strawberry Plains for an 11:00am interment. Please leave online condolences at www.mynattfh.com
Sandra “Sandy” Jean Estep passed away Friday July 20, 2018 at West Hills Health and Rehab Center. She was preceded in death by mother Helen G. Estep, father Paul D. Estep and brother Danny G. Estep. She is survived by sister Ann Estep Jones, niece Amy Norman Logan (Rhodes), nephew Dale Norman (Melissa), great-nieces Lindsey, Tessa and Wendy; great-nephew Alex, and special friend Brenda Jenkins. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Tuesday July 24, 2018. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Greenwood Cemetery for an 11:00am graveside service.
Benny went to sit on the lap of his LORD and SAVIOR Saturday July 14, 2018 at children's hospital.
Benny our sweet angel is the son of April King. Grandson to Sherri and Matt Bridges. Benny was also a brother to Kyle King and Jesse Perry. Great Grandchild of Barbara Brown along with Ronnie and Tina Bridges. Benny was the nephew of Alley King, Jacob King, Ethan Muehliesen, Leah Bridges, Isaiah Bridges, Faith Bridges and Noah Bridges.
Proceeded in death by great grandfather W.L. Carmon Our love for our sweet Benny will forever be. Always our sweet Angel!!
Donald H. Norris-age 64 of Maynardville passed away Monday morning, July 16, 2018 at his home. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Maude E. Norris; brother, David Norris.
Barbara Kay “Momma” Burkhert, age 72, went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2018. She had 3 kids, John J. Viglasky, Liesa Canupp, and Greg Viglasky. She also had 3 grandkids Ashley Taylor, Stacey Canupp, Taylor Viglasky, as well as, 4 great-grandkids. Family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Thursday July 19, 2018 at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with service to follow. Family and friends will meet 10:45am Friday July 20, 2018 at Fort Sumter Cemetery for and 11:00am interment. Please leave online condolences at www.mynattfh.com
LaVerne McLain Cummings, of Knoxville, suddenly went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at Parkwest Hospital. Preceded in death by parents Ed and Mildred McLain, grandson Chad Breeden, and sister Sandra Leach. Survived by loving husband Harlan J. Cummings, daughter Angelia (Bob) Love, son Brent Cox, grandson whom she raised Matthew (Amber) Cox, granddaughters Amanda Dykes and Brittney Russell, sisters Faye (Roger) Neff and Burlene Tolman, as well as 6 great grandkids. She was looking forward to seeing her great grandson Grantley expected in August.
Michael Ernest Smith – age 53 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 8, 2018.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary Smith; and sister, Barbara Smith. He is survived by his son, Daniel; sister, Debra (Stacy) Lynn; special niece, Emily; special nephews, Derrick and Aaron Lynn; several aunts, uncles and other nieces and nephews.
Jackie Owen Carpenter, age 83, passed away at home on July 9, 2018. Jack was born October 28, 1934 in Claiborne County and graduated from Claiborne County High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. He earned his BA from University of California, Northridge in 1972. Jack accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Salem Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He retired in 1998 from Harrison-Chihowee Baptist Academy (The Kings Academy) after 22 years of working as Business Manager.
Carolyn Lee Underwood-age 52 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Richard Williams; grandson, Richard Dylangaddy.
Survivors: daughters, Alicia Williams, Chassitty Williams; son, Cory Underwood; husband, Randy Underwood; sisters, Charlene Gouldie, Sandra Bryant, parents, Alice and Robert England; two granddaughters, Mackenzie Mixon and Alyssa Gaddy; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.