When I get this close to the end of a book and the whole story is coming together, I don’t want to stop. I feel like a marathon runner that’s just seen the finish line. Okay, I made that part up. I have no idea what a marathon runner would feel like, and I don’t want to know. Anyway, that’s why I wrote 11,000 words in my new John Lee Quarrels book on Thursday, made all the corrections to that on Friday, then wrote another 8,000 words yesterday. I have half a chapter and the epilogue to go, and I’ll wrap them up today.
I actually started writing this one on January 27 and had hoped to have it out by the end of February, but because of our hurried trip to Arizona to pick up Beverly and bring her back here, then a lot of time spent running around getting her set up with appointments for her new doctors and such, I got behind schedule.
We have all heard the saying that two things you should never talk about are religion and politics. I’m pretty sure somebody came up with that long before Facebook was invented, as there are more arguments about both of them on there every day than you can shake a stick at. Something else that makes for a bad combination are business and politics. I was reminded of that when I got an email from a friend of mine the other day saying that he checked into a small campground somewhere along Interstate 20 in Texas, and when the owner or manager came outside to direct him to his campsite he noticed a Hillary Clinton bumper sticker on Barry’s car and told him that he needed to go someplace else because he wasn’t welcome there.
Now, I don’t care what your politics are, but this is just dumb no matter who you supported. There’s a restaurant in nearby Port Orange, Florida that I have heard is pretty good, but I’ll never eat there because back during the election they had a big sign on a reader board out front that said, “If you’re not voting for Donald Trump, you’re not welcome here.” No matter who I planned to vote for, I don’t like someone placing those kind of demands on me. A lot of Americans have fought and died to be sure that we all have the right to vote however our minds and our conscience tell us, and any business who wants to undermine that is not a place where I want to spend my money.
And no, I’m not trying to make this an anti-Trump blog. I know plenty of Democrats who are just as rabid about their political views. That’s one reason I’m an Independent, I like to think for myself, not blindly follow any party line.
It’s the same way with religion. I respect your right to worship however you choose, but I don’t want your religion forced upon me. Years ago Terry and I were on a road trip without our RV and we checked into a motel somewhere around Knoxville, Tennessee or maybe North Georgia, I can’t remember for sure now. We were tired and hungry and there was a Cracker Barrel right across the parking lot, so we decided to grab a bite to eat. It was late in the evening and we were the only customers, so we promised the waitress we would eat fast to get out of the way so they could close up. She said that was no problem, and to take our time.
A little while later when she brought our food, she asked if we were saved. It took me by surprise, because I don’t usually expect a question like that from a server in a restaurant. I’m not sure how we replied, but a couple of moments later she was back with the manager and another waitress, and they wanted us to pray with them. I told them I was just there to eat, I didn’t need to be proselytized to.
They apparently didn’t get that message because the three of them stood at our table telling us how much Jesus loves us and how much we need to repent for our sins so we can have eternal life. Maybe they meant well, but I didn’t need to hear all of that when all I wanted was something to eat. We made it a quick meal and got out the door. And no, for just about the only time I can ever remember, I didn’t leave a tip.
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Thought For The Day – Cataracts are the third biggest causes of blindness. Religion and politics are the first two.