Today’s quick drawing is an homage to the Peanuts comic strips. The Peanuts comics have always been one of my favorites. Charles Schultz and his group of children were one of the reasons I wanted to be a cartoonist in the first place. I grew up watching the TV specials and reading the daily comic strips all the while seeing myself in the Charlie Brown character. I like him saw myself as the misfit who was always trying to fit in with others. Still like Snoopy I learned long ago dancing a happy dance makes the heart feel happy. There is something about getting out there and helping others which makes you forget about your problems. This I think was one of the lessons Charlie Brown learned inadvertently. He was always messing up when he tried to help others but in the end it worked out and all gang had a good time. So get out there and find what you can do for others so you can do your happy dance.
I was born blind in one eye. I am not telling you this because I am seeking pity. No I say this only because all my life I have learned to live with my disability. I didn’t even know I had I a disability until the someone in a state office told me. Due to my lack of full eyesight I can only pay attention to certain things. My wife is always stopping me from running into people because I have no peripheral vision on my right side. I also have no depth perception so am hindered when it comes to playing sports like baseball. Still with all this going on I have had a productive life. Because of my minor disability I have learned to respect and admire anyone who strives to not look at their disability as a hindrance but as a one more stone to be cross than other people in order to achieve all they want to achieve. I want people reading this to know that people with disabilities are still people.
My wife is always getting on me because I don’t follow directions or ask for them when I get lost. I always try to rely on my not so keen sense of direction which never works out. Jesus tells us there are two roads, “the wide road which leads to destruction.” and the “narrow road which leads to salvation.” The problem many times we take the easy way out and follow the wide road because at the time it seems the easier ride. After all the road is filled with traffic and they all can’t be wrong.
Well the truth is this, the wide may be well traveled but it is not the way to travel through life. The best way to get through life is the narrow road and the way to get travel along the road is by reading the directions (the Bible). The narrow road may be filled with twists and turns and a lot of mountains and valleys but the right directions will get you there. Now get our your directions and start traveling the narrow road.
One of my favorite old hymns is “The Old Rugged Cross.” I particularly love the line, “When I survey the wondrous cross,” because it causes me to once again contemplate what Jesus accomplished when He was crucified. I am a history and science guy so I have always believed what history tells of Jesus dying on the cross. It is as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story,” I had trouble reconciling with my nerdy science way of thinking. It was not until I contemplated the words of the Bible and sought to disprove them in my own science mindset that the truth of those words were revealed and I believed. All I can say is don’t take my word for the truth in God’s Word. Take the time to contemplate for yourself and then come to a decision in your heart.
What is in the gesture of a simple smile? The answer…everything. A smile from you can brighten the day of someone who otherwise might not have something to smile about. A smile can open doors to conversation that otherwise might not be opened. A smile can also lighten the heart or break the ice. A smile can lead to many things. Jesus said in the Bible, “To love our neighbors.” Jesus knew when you love someone in your heart the first you do when you see them is to be filled with joy which brings a…..smile. Think about it.
This cartoon entitled, “Working on the Cat’s Meow,” is a homage to the old Tom and Jerry cartoons where Jerry is always getting the best of Tom. Here the mouse is teaching the cat to meow in tune. We are supposed to be the mouse. The ones who as the old Coke commercial tells “teaches the world to sing in perfect harmony.” The key is living a life which is in perfect harmony with the Lord. People will sing along with whatever we are doing not what we’re preaching. So a life out of tune will create others who are also not singing the right notes.
Bright ideas don’t happen in a vacuum they come along with a lot of trial and error which leads to a wiser mind. Out of trial and error I have had many light bulb moments. These are the moments when I realize what Solomon meant when he penned Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The brightest ideas about how to live my life come from God.