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Road Closed

by Larry Hehn on July 30, 2014

Road ClosedThe road to my office was closed today, as workers replaced the railroad tracks that cross it. The intersection leading into the work area was marked with pylons, a large electronic sign, and detour markers to keep drivers from wandering into a dead end.

Despite the visible warnings and suggested alternate route, I was amazed at how many drivers ignored them and continued down the doomed path.

When they reached the trench where the railroad tracks used to be, it became clear. Yep, that “ROAD CLOSED” sign really meant the road was closed.

Go figure.

To be honest, I’ve done that many times myself. Whether it be challenging a real life “ROAD CLOSED” sign and almost getting stuck in knee-high sand, or simply ignoring God’s direction at different points in my life and choosing my own way instead.

There are good reasons for both the literal and figurative “ROAD CLOSED” signs in our life.

Yes, I am thankful for the truth behind that old cliché that says God allows U-turns. But the older I get, the more I hope to notice – and heed – his “ROAD CLOSED” signs when they first appear.

And not wind up on the wrong side of the tracks.

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. – Proverbs 14:12

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” – Robert Frost

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Happy, Happy, Happy

by Larry Hehn on October 23, 2013

Happy Happy HappyAs you may gather from this photo, over the past few months I’ve started to resemble Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. Though he’s 21 years my senior, I’m ok with that.

We come from very different backgrounds, but his story still resonates with me.

An autobiography of sorts, Robertson’s book Happy, Happy, Happy reveals the story behind the iconic creator of Duck Commander duck calls, and his 14 rules for “living happy, happy, happy”.

To say that Robertson is “old school” would be an understatement. From growing up in the woods of Louisiana with no bathtub or toilet in the cabin, living off the land and sharing a bed with three older brothers (younger brother Si slept separately since he had a tendency to wet the bed), Robertson has learned to appreciate – and espouse – the simple life.

Each of the 14 rules draws wisdom from Robertson’s background, including working hard, learning to cook, reading your Bible, getting outdoors, avoiding alcohol, and yes, even not trying to understand women.

Agree with him or not, you will always know where he stands.

He shares some amazing tales of his former “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle, and the trials he put his wife and young children through before accepting Jesus at age 28.

There is much more to Robertson than meets the eye. A former star football player who started at quarterback ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech, he earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education, working as a teacher before getting into the duck call business.

Duck Dynasty fans will be fascinated by Robertson’s account of how he founded and grew the Duck Commander business before handing over the reins to his son Willie.

Happy, Happy, Happy is a sitting-across-the-kitchen-table chat with a man who has travelled many miles and has many nuggets of wisdom to share. Robertson does that with a strong dose of humor and humility, and a love of Jesus that is infectious.

As Robertson confesses, “Following Jesus has been a blast. The Lord has blessed me mightily.

It’s what makes me happy, happy, happy.”

This book was bought with my own hard-earned cash. It was not a freebie, so I felt no obligation to endorse it. I was not required to write a positive review. As a rule I only post reviews of books that I enjoy, and that I feel will be beneficial to my readers. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Embedded in this review is an affiliate link to Amazon.com. If you follow the link from here and buy a copy of this book, Amazon will award me a 4% commission on the purchase.

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Little Things

by Larry Hehn on July 31, 2013

giftIt took me a while to notice what was missing from my desk.

Phone, stapler, pictures, box of Kleenex, fan…yep, those are all where they are supposed to be…

Hey! Somebody took my Marvin the Martian mug!

I took another look around my desk – around, behind, and under everything just to make sure I hadn’t overlooked it.

Nope, my mug is gone.

Who would have taken my mug, and why?

Funny how our mind can take us in so many directions when something like this happens, isn’t it?

I looked around my desk again. Nope, no ransom notes.

Figuring the lunch room was the best place to start, I wandered in and found my Marvin mug, washed and dried, and nestled in the cupboard with all the non-Marvin mugs.

Someone had taken the mug off my desk and washed it for me. How thoughtful!

Yes, I was initially a little concerned about where Marvin went, but the gesture was much appreciated. It was a little thing, but it meant a lot.

I wonder just how many opportunities to do little things for others present themselves during the day, and how many we miss?

Opening a door, offering a smile or a seat, making room in traffic, offering to help carry something for someone with a full load, calling just to let them know you’re thinking about them…heck, even cleaning their mug.

What little thing could you do for someone today?

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