Today I read this article on CNN.com about the arrest of country singer/songwriter, Randy Travis. According to the article, he was found naked (presumably drunk) lying on a two lane highway in Texas and threatened to shoot the officer who came to his aid.
My first reaction to this article was intense disappointment. This is a man who wrote many songs that I found myself humming along to as a young adult, with inspiring lyrics like:
Gonna Have a Little Talk with Jesus
Feet on the Rock
It didn't take long though, for me to remember, that from the same man, came lyrics like:
"I'd better change my wandrin' ways,
I know I've seen my better days,
Always gettin' high when I get low.
Well, I left my soul out in the rain,
Lord, what a price I've had to pay.
The storms of life are washin' me away." - The Storms of Life
"And I hear tell the road to hell is paved with good intentions
And Mama, my intentions were the best
There's lotsa things in my life I'd just as soon not mention
Looks like I've turned out like all the rest
But Mama, my intentions were the best" - Good Intentions
We all wage an internal war each and every day. May we all have compassion toward those who are momentarily (we pray) giving up the fight. Whether we believe it or not, we are all just a few bad decisions away from being found naked in the street, lashing out at those who are there to help us.
1 Peter 3:8 NIV - "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble."
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!