By Charles Towne
It’s expected of us!
Farmer Smith owned that there farm on the hill up on Grange Hall Road. Yeah, you know the one. He raised hogs and I’m here to tell you, them porcine critters stunk up the place so bad folks could smell the Smith farm some time before they could see it.
Yeah, it’s just the nature of hogs to smell bad. Why I guess it could be said it’s expected of them!
And while we’re talking about stink, sin comes to mind, and come to think of it, sin has to smell a whole lot worse than hog stink to God. And while we are talking about stink, the time I tangled with that there skunk comes to mind.
I am here to tell you, skunk stink is stink that don’t wash off real easy. I came home expecting some sympathy after that skunk sprayed me the way he did, but what I was expecting, and what I got were two different things, and sympathy wasn’t one of them. Mama made me strip down to my birthday suit and told me to bury my clothes, and then she threw a bar of yellow ley soap out into the yard and told me to go to the river and wash and keep on washing until that smell was diminished some. I scrubbed so long and so hard I think I scrubbed off some of my freckles!
I was lucky because it was summer and mama wasn’t about to let me back into the house smelling the way I did. She threw an old blanket on the porch and set a plate of food next to it, and that is where I slept and ate for the next few days. By the time that episode was passed I felt like that old mangy cur dog that hung around the place.
I guess you could say that when it comes right down to it its the nature of skunks to stink, and the nature of sinners to sin, at least until they get acquainted with Jesus, and then we began to smell a whole lot better, I guess you could say its expected of us, praise the Lord!
Love God, and make a difference, today.
Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life.