Blog 1819 – 09.16.2020
One of my favorite Elvis Presley movies is one of his early ones, the 1958 classic black and white film, King Creole. Some believe it is the very best of Elvis. It also stars screen greats Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, Dean Jagger, and, as a young tough, Vic Morrow. But, it is always the singing, swinging King Elvis that takes center stage and his talent to sway an audience shines brightly throughout the movie. If you have never seen this Elvis motion picture, do yourself a favor, give yourself a treat, and please spend a hour and fifty-six minutes enjoying Elvis doing what he does best – entertain.
To be entertaining is always one of the three aims of each of my daily blogs, along with trying to be a bit enlightening, but more than anything else to be a little encouraging. The little motto I chose early on for my blog comes from the western song, Home On The Range. It Is a slight paraphrase of the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word.” I tried as I always do to put a more positive spin on it, the result, “Where often is heard an encouraging word.”
A South Carolina preacher already had the “www.theencouragingword.com” domain so I had to settle for “www.theencouragingword.co” which though it has caused a little confusion is still quite fine with me. I think, even over five years in, that the preacher still probably has a larger following, but I am confident that I post more often and have covered topics far wider and more diverse.
For several years when I was young I thought I might want to be a preacher teacher even spending three years at Bible College and many more studying the Bible. But, in my mid-forties I concluded that the answers that I was looking for were not to be found in the Bible, or any church, but resided inside my own heart and mind.
I encourage others to look first and foremost inside themselves for the real answers to the difficult questions in life like “Why am I here?” and “What am I supposed to be doing with this life?” The preachers, professors, politicians, and pitchmen (Enough P’s for you?) always have their strong opinions, but all that really matters is what you think. No matter what, trust your own inner voice to guide you straight and true. You’ve got this.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
No Matter What