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They Never Knew

I took a bunch of High school kids to Young life summer camp one year. The camp had small motorcycles that you could ride up and down this mountain trail. Each cabin got to go sometime during the week. You didn't get to just go ride anywhere, you had to ride in line as a group. The trail was several miles long and we would stop every mile or so to let everybody catch up and to be sure we still had everybody. When you're the leader like I was, you can't crash and burn or you'll hear about it forever, you have to be great at everything, at least that's what I thought. So we're riding along and I was 50 yards in front of the guy behind me and maybe 20 yards behind the guy in front of me. I was looking around thinking how easy this was and how cool I was when I hit a rock about as big as a football. I looked back to the front and realized I was airborne and flying off the path and down a 45 degree hill through small trees…. Whap, whap, whap, whap … I hit the ground and rolled, still holding the motorcycle .. A tree stopped me.  I was kinda hurt but all I could think was that I needed to get back on the trail before the guys behind me caught up and saw me bent around that tree. I picked up the motorcycle and threw it about 6 feet back up the hill like some kind of crazed person. I was in a panic. I threw it again back on the path and jumped on.  The handlebars were bent. I was a little dazed, scratched up, shirt torn, but I was riding just like nothing had happened. I started it back up and hit the trail like a motocross pro about 2 seconds before they turned the corner. "Everybody doing OK? … sure we're fine!!!" …They never knew …

I borrowed a friend's Porsche one night and I was going down a little neighborhood street about 65mph and looked down to pick up something, looked up and there was a parked car right in front of me. I yanked the steering wheel to the left and missed hitting it by inches. I stopped, turned off the car and almost had a heart attack. The first thing I did was start looking around to see if anybody saw me, nope. I was shaking, it took me 15 minutes to recover. … My friend never knew …

One Sunday morning about 5:30am, I was going around opening up doors around the church and turning on lights like I always do. As I was walking off the stage, for some reason I thought I was at the bottom step, but I was really on the 4th step. I stepped off right into the air, hit the floor, rolled into the chairs, knocked the breath out of me. I was there all by myself … Nobody ever knew ..

God's like that: We do stuff all the time and hope nobody sees. Maybe they don't, but God does. He knows all about us. He knows everything we do. Everything we say. Everything we think. Nothing to hide. So I just tell him about everything. Fun stuff. Bad Stuff. Scary stuff. He's always there to listen. He loves to hear our story, even if it's not a good one ..

Anybody want to go riding? My attention span is better now… I think? 

Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

When I was growing up my Grandmother made one of the best sandwiches ever. Here's the recipe: get 2 pieces of white bread, spread butter on both sides, then sprinkle sugar on one side (no such thing as too much), put it together and eat… We called it a "Sugar sandwich" .. We only got it when my Grandmother was there and my mother wasn't…When my mom came home we would just smile, butter from ear to ear. Like she didn't know! Here's another one of those great sandwiches, except this is for true gourmets. It's very sophisticated!! And very good. I made them for a very fancy dinner party for 30 once. It was a hit!

This is from Gourmet magazine

Fried Bittersweet Chocolate Bread


1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

16 (1/2-inch-thick) baguette slices, cut on a long diagonal

1 (3- to 4-ounce) fine-quality bittersweet chocolate bar (no more than 70% cacao if marked), broken into 1/2-inch pieces


Generously butter 1 side of each baguette slice. Place 8 slices, buttered sides down, on a work surface and cover each slice with chocolate, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge. Top with remaining 8 slices, buttered sides up, to make 8 sandwiches. Get it, buttered sides are on the outside for frying.

Heat a dry 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then fry 4 sandwiches, turning over once, until golden, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer sandwiches to a plate and wipe skillet clean. Fry remaining sandwiches in the same manner. Serve warm.

How can it get better than that… serve with Sugar sandwiches and smile big...


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life. plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll set up an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!



Posted by Mack Oates at 9:17 AM