“Alive, Alert, Awake, and Enthusiastic!”

To add to Anthony’s thoughts, I remind my readers of what I wrote back in December 2016. I was working, student teaching, and taking classes. It was rough and exhausting.

What got me through? Rend Collective’s song “The Joy of the Lord” more than anything, as well as other hymns and songs, because, truly, the joy of the Lord IS my strength.

Likewise, my wife and I have Colossians 3 printed and framed on our wall. Surrounding that are various song/hymn lyrics. These are currently surrounding our front door, so that we are reminded as we leave and as we enter our home.

May I suggest others do likewise? I can even offer scriptural support! (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, especially v. 9)


The Recovering Legalist

As we both walked into the office this morning to clock in, a fellow bus driver asked me, “How are you doing this morning?”

I replied to my co-worker’s genuine inquiry with the following affirmation: “I’m alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic!”

“What was that?” he asked.

“I said, ‘I’m alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic!’ There’s even a song about it.”

“You know,” my friend said, “I think I’ve heard that song before, now that you mention it. But who would sing a song like that?”

“Somebody trying to convince himself it was so,” I answered.

As a matter of fact, I was on a month-long mission trip to Romania back in August of 1992. Every day was long, and morning always came too early, so the “enthusiastic” song was often sung as we fell out of our beds and stumbled outside looking for some form of coffee (usually the…

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