HOWDY! “We’ve Never Been Licked!”


This is Kyle Field, the Home of the ‘fighting’ Texas Aggies, in College Station, Texas.  I did color for Mike Mistovitch and his playby-play back when 45,000 was considered a great crowd in this stadium. Today, the average is over 100,000 frantic fans who never sit. Every one of those in attendance consider themselves to be the “12th Man”. A tradition that began a century ago. The Aggies have hardly ever played for less than ‘standing room only’ and today, with the growth of our Athletic Department (some say it’s “The House That Johnny Built”), our athletes enjoy one of the most elegant ‘field houses’ in the world. Even though the ‘excited thrills of the ability God gave Johnny Manziel’ are not evident each game, there is no lack of fervor and loyalty.
“Johnny Heisman” or “Johnny Football” will never be forgotten by the sports world, but the stigma of his downfall, well that, too, will remain. How did it happen? Well, I believe it was a masterful stroke of genius by the Master of this World, the “SIN”ister minister. He took control of the human, Johnny Manziel, and defeated the glory of the gift that God had placed in that body. The historical disappointment in the downfall and resurrection of this gifted young man should be a strong lesson for all of us. Talk about failure to live up to promise and the courage to rise again! The long-standing moto of Aggieland is the title of the first and only motion picture inspired by this outstanding institution of higher learning. This is from Wikipedia on the net:

“We’ve Never Been Licked (aka Texas Aggies, Texas to Tokyo and Fighting Command) is a 1943 World War II propaganda film produced by Walter Wanger and released by Universal Pictures. Released in the UK under the title, Texas to Tokyo, it was re-released in the US as Fighting Command.”  

Aggies may be outscored, but we’ve never been “Licked”, dochaknow.  Really.  That’s why it “Standing Room Only” for Four Quarters, every time the Maroon and White takes the field.  My prayer is that America can say this years from now, when we’ve totally LICKED Covid-19!  We have what it takes to do so, Right?!

And that’s what I get from My Box of chocolates.     AMEN

HOWDY! “Clearing the Air”

John, one of the twelve, wrote this to us over two-thousand years ago and it’s still true today!  The major problem for the world, today, isn’t a virus or terrorism or floods or hurricanes or any other tragedy that might befall.  What we don’t have is Jesus. Oh, sure we have ‘our’ idea of a god, but that really comes from the ‘Master of the World’.  Believers in Christ know the truth of what ails us and that’s the hopelessness of eternal damnation available to everyone who doesn’t believe in the Truth of Eternal Life.  Read John’s message over and over until you “DO What It Says”!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

It says to accept Jesus Christ and His Salvation from every sin.  He paid the price for it all, once and for all. The entire procedure is very simple and it is outlined, over and over, in Scripture.  I have shared the Apostle Paul’s road map and you can find it clearly available by reading Romans or on the Internet at “Roman road of the Bible”.  Get to cleaner air, my friends, before it is too late. The spiritual clock is dripping zeros and we are in ‘time out’.  A 30-second time-out.  

And that’s what I get from My box of chocolates.     AMEN

HOWDY! “Transformed”

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.(Galatians 2:20)  Have you doubts about your salvation. Is there ever a pull on your heart?  Have you a problem with sinful thoughts?  Are you still struggling with temptation?  Well, since we are not “God-Men”, that just seems to come naturally.  But, IF you believe.  IF you have asked Jesus into your heart. IF you truly repent of your sins.  Stop worrying about it and spend less time in the world and more time in the WORD. I need to do just that.  I love good movies, but what is considered good today isn’t what I need to clutter my mind.  I love certain television shows, but after watching, there just isn’t much “uplifting” left.  I watched “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Tom Hanks and this cast should take every award…but they won’t.  You know why?  Well, where was the ‘swearing’?  Where was the ‘flesh’?  Where was the ‘violence’?  There was just a bountiful supply of “Agape” wrapped around “family resentment and disappointments”. It wasn’t “Bosch”.  It wasn’t “Longmire”.  It wasn’t “Justified”.  It wasn’t “Bluebloods”. (now, you say, “what’s so bad about Tom and the family?”, well, to me there’s more ‘ritual than family worship’, but I still will watch, donchaknow.  What Galatians and all Paul’s letters to the Gentile churches says to me is, “Heaven’s our home, we’re just here on a visit!”. We’re not ‘of the world’, we’re ‘Out of this World’, and we need to demonstrate that daily.  It’s simply all about “Loving One Another”. It’s all about “Phileo”!

And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.       AMEN

HOWDY! “Miss Pretty”

Martha Jane, James Steven, An d’ Lis and Jeanlizabeth Austin

It was on this day, just a few years ago, when I laid eyes on the most beautiful baby girl in the world. (since that day I’ve had that same joy three times more)  She is still a most beautiful lady, who has been a blessing to my family.  I can’t recall much about the time of her birth. I was young and confused.  It took me a while to grow up, donchaknow.  I do recall three incidents that stand out during her first year.  Once, I was left to care for her, still in diapers…the old kind that were to be washed and reused.  While in my care, she ‘soiled’ her “di-dees” and my sensitivety was limited, so instead of doing the complete removal and replacement, I simply gently, plunged the entire precious baby, up and down in the toilet until all evidence disappeared.  The second incident was when she had too much in her stomach and proceeded to get rid of it, all over the place.  Her mother panicked, grabbed her up and ran five blocks to her mother, in her housecoat, for assistance.  I later took a change of clothes for both for a proper return to our apartment. Then, our first teaching position was in Pampa, Texas, up in the Texas Panhandle.  “Miss Pretty” had a tricycle and loved to ride it on the sidewalk in front of our home.  It was just prior to Easter and my mother had come with a beautiful Easter “Frock” that had a bunch of ruffles on a petticoat.  Mother decided to have it tried on and before we could stop her, “Miss Pretty” was outside to show off.  She got on her trike and found it difficult to maneuver with all the ‘frills’, so she proceeded to throw a fit at our front door.  That beautiful frock didn’t seem to have the flair, sans all the petticoat.  I took a video of her reaction, but alas, I have no idea what happened to that.  Come to think of it, I’ve not seen her in a dress with a frilly petticoat since.  Hmmmm.  “Tis a Puzzlement.  Happy Birthday, my Beauty!

And that’s what I get from My box of Chocolates.   AMEN

HOWDY! “All Rise”

As a “Believer”, have you ever wondered about Heaven? I’m not sure, but I believe it will be a total time of painless JOY. As I understand it, there will be no physical problems at a matter of fact there will be no ‘physical’ at all….we’ll be spirits until that day that Jesus takes us all back to begin a New Earth. Should I still be around down here on the day that all believers are taken home for safety from The Tribulation, it could be like the “Captain Kirk Transporter Room”, except for the pile of clothes, of course.

How about people you have knowledge of that you believe are in Heaven?  Have you ever made a list?  Every time news comes of the death of someone famous, that’s the first question that comes to my mind.  Is that weird?  Back when I received a daily newspaper, I would scan the Obituaries and wonder about those who had “passed”.  How about family members?  What were the fruits evidenced by their lives, that the Bible talks about.  I wonder how my family would answer that query once I’m gone.  I’ve had close relatives who were involved with another of the same sex and I have knowledge of folks who absolutely lived a lifestyle outside the biblical standards as taught by scripture.  The Bible says that even to look on another in lust is sin.  If that’s the case we all have a bunch of stuff to be forgiven for, right?  In my own life, there is enough detritus to wear one out, so I believe we all should be very thankful that God knew all of this and made restitution for misdeeds of a sinful nature available.  I don’t receive a newspaper daily anymore.  I do wonder every time I get news of another famous individual passing away.  I also believe that I am forgiven for all my transgressions and as such will be considered ‘good company’ by God on the day that I must face his judgement, oh, not on my own will I pass muster, but simply because my defense is eternally good, guaranteed by the Lord Jesus Christ, himself.  I pray that all of the fine folks who have blessed my life have that same spiritual condition.  Eternity is a pretty long time, donchaknow, and I’ve never been comfortable in heat.  I know God and Jesus will be there and I sincerely hope my family makes it.  But, if what I read is reality, “hit won’t mek no nevermind” as Bud Sellers would say.  Glory, Hallelujah!  Heelawsey!  

And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.       AMEN

Do It NOW!

30-days IS the correct call!  Disregard the ‘election’, Mr. President!  Make it mandatory that we each ‘STAY IN PLACE’ for every second.  SHUT IT DOWN, NOW for the month of April.  Kill the Bug by 6-feet!  Every One of Us!

Do The Smart Thing!

HOWDY! “A Firmer Foundation”

“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” (Psalm 62:7)

A great old Hymn says it best:

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
“E’en down to old age all My people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And then, when grey hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in My bosom be borne.”
“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake!”