What’s Your Story?

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What's Your Story?
by Michael Doyle

Tell me, please, of the glory
That opens up your story
Leaving behind the ninety-nine
For the inheritance that is mine

Doing that riotous living
Needing more than a little forgiving
Feeling more than unworthy
Brother, you are no lesser than me

At least, as a matter of history
But you know, the sins of the family
Do not really stand up and linger
Even with society's pointed finger

Tell me then of your story
Lived out to the Father's glory
Prodigal as a lost sheep
Because of promises we wouldn't keep

Tell me of your story
it was hard to see God's glory
Lost coins tossed by lost sheep
Because of promises we felt we could not keep

It was a God shaped vacuum
For which goodness had little room
Part of the alibied wrecking crew
Assured as we lived without a clue

In an overdose of extremity
Living past thirty seemed not to be
That's when God reached out for free
And brought you to His majesty

Thrown books have words to read
Red letter moments find the need
Planting as it were a faith of seed
And by these, your soul has been freed

Tell me then of your story
Lived out to the Father's glory
Prodigal as a lost sheep
Because of promises we wouldn't keep

Tell me then of your story
It was hard to see God's glory
Lost coins tossed by lost sheep
Because of promises we felt we could not keep

God can take a dead man walking
And set his soul to straight talking
Changing lives in a living prayer
Freeing with grace from Satan's snare

Even where the lights have grown dim
Peace can be found through belief in him
Taken back from the far country to redemption
It's a story worthy of its contemplation

(c) July 25, 2021 Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved
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First Principles: Laws That Forbid the Carrying of Arms…Disarm Only Those Who Are Neither Inclined Nor Determined To Commit Crimes

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.” – Cesare Beccaria

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Thought For the Day: I Believe In An America Where the Free Enterprise System Flourishes For All Other Systems To See and Admire–Where…No Racketeer, No Government Bureaucracy Can Put Him Out of Business

“I believe in an America where the free enterprise system flourishes for all other systems to see and admire — where no businessman lacks either competition or credit — and where no monopoly, no racketeer, no government bureaucracy can put him out of business that he built up with his own initiative.” – President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

JFK would surely be turning over in his grave at what the Left is doing to the free enterprise system in which business persons are being told that they did not build their own businesses on their own initiatives, business persons are denied credit on the basis of race in some instances (think of the installation of credit extended to black farmers but not white farmers), where Big Tech is being allowed to operate as monopolies and trample basic essential rights guaranteed in the First Amendment, where BLM and other racist groups are allowed to extort businesses and society engaging in activities previously described as racketeering, and government bureaucracies are indeed imposing fines while driving up operation costs and otherwise acting to put private enterprises out of business.  This is even before the imposition of restrictive tax rates that will kill jobs and severely limit profit. I lift my voice in prayer that such things turn around and we as a nation realize this is not the way to help our nation to thrive and succeed. 

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Thought For the Day: Just As Appetite Comes By Eating So Work Brings Inspiration

“Just as appetite comes by eating so work brings inspiration.” – Igor Stravinsky, composer (1882-1971)

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First Principles: The Virtues of Men Are of More Consequence To Society Than Their Abilities; and For This Reason, the Heart Should be Cultivated With More Assiduity Than the Head

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head.” – Noah Webster (1788)

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First Principles: Tyranny, Like Hell, Is Not Easily Conquered, Yet We Have This Consolation With Us, That the Harder the Conflict, the More Glorious the Triumph

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine in “American Crisis” (1776)

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Thought For the Day: Words, When Written, Crystallize History, Their Very Structure Gives Permanence To the Unchangeable Past

“Words, when written, crystallize history; their very structure gives permanence to the unchangeable past.” – Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

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The Importance of Keeping Our History

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The Importance of Keeping Our History
by Michael Doyle

Moving back the veil of mystery
We remember the truths of history
Telling the truth as truth is meant
And so providing the roots of our government

Framed within moments of vivid reflection
To take us back to America's proud connection
It is into the beginning of our noble experiment
We must learn these principles to make them permanent

Regardless of mindless, unscrupulous factions
With all of their riotous madness and reactions
Power must be limited with constrained sobriety
Facing the compromises that have ensured legitimacy

It's all about staying within one's lane
And of overstepped bounds that must be kept restrained
The rights of conscience belong to us all
It would perhaps be best if we would all recall

The American creed from the Creator's hand
Has not always been easy nor gone as planned
All this, a republic, kept with due diligence
It requires a watchful eye and then our vigilance

(c) July 22, 2021 Michael Doyle
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First Principles: If Congress Can Do Whatever In Their Discretion Can Be Done By Money, and Will Promote the General Welfare, the Government Is No Longer A Limited One, Possessing Enumerated Powers, But an Indefinite One, Subject To Particular Exceptions

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” – James Madison (1792)

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Thought For the Day: There Are Basically Two Types of People. People Who Accomplish Things and People Who Claim To Have Accomplished Things. The First Group Is Less Crowded.

“There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” – Mark Twain

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