Hope you're having an awesome day, filled with praise, joy, laughter and…maybe bluegrass? It does it for me! If I just need a little boast up the "joy meter", a careful selection of tasteful bluegrass may be indicated! If you're on your way to work, may I suggest a listen-in to Freddy Smith and his early morning program, "Rise and Shine" from 6 to 9, on station WDVX, right thar at 89.9 on your FM dial! He is awesome at his job! He's won "National Bluegrass DJ of the Year" more than once, on the station that's won "National Bluegrass Station of the Year" multiple times! His bio says, "…I was half raised in Knox County. I say half raised because I ran off and got married before mom and dad were through! I graduated from high school in four terms. The terms were Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford! I have a degree. It's about 98.6, I think…"
How could listening to stuff like that not cheer you up?
There is one segment,tho' of Freddy's "Rise and Shine" that often leaves me wondering. It's called "Things That Make You Go, Hmmm…". Freddy just piles up weird facts that, as he puts it, make you say, "Whodda thunk it?" I'm not sure where he gets them. Like the other day he said…"1600 Americans have been trapped in the truck at some point…"
Whodda thunk it?
Often he adds commentary. Like the Tuesday,…"Captain Kidd walked the plank on this date in 1701. Wonder if he's related to Billy the kid?…" Or "The first space food ever eaten was apple sauce. Just glad if wasn't chili!…"
Sometimes I wonder if these facts really are true. Here's one…
"The camel hair brush doesn't have camel hair. It's named for Mr. Camel who invented it."
Or…"Ben Franklin tried to electrocute a turkey for Thanksgiving." (Turns out that is true.)
Sometimes, widely circulated "facts" aren't so factual after all! Einstein didn't fail math in high school. He wrote, "Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus." Napoleon wasn't short. He was 5' 7", which was average back then. And slightly taller than me (though I think I'm getting shorter with the years). And Vikings didn't have horns on their helmets. "…Between the eighth and 11th centuries, Viking warriors appear either bareheaded or clad in simple helmets likely made of either iron or leather. And despite years of searching, archaeologists have yet to uncover a Viking-era helmet embellished with horns…"
But it's awesome when something you've always believed and hoped is true, turns out to be truer than you've ever dreamed.
Here's a verse I love. It's 1st John 3, verse one...
"Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God!"
In the language John first wrote, that phrase, "what manner of" is a translation of just one word. But it's a word made of two, mushed together. It comes from the word "from where" and the word "country". "From what country is this love that makes us, who don't deserve anything even close to this, into God's children?! A love like this must come from somewhere else! It's out of this world!
And then John adds, "And we are!"
It's true! He's your Dad! You're His child!
It's a fact!
Kinda makes you go, "hmmmm!"