One of the “old men” in my church group that I meet with at 6:00 am every Thursday morning is John Bradley, a “good ole boy” from the back country of Louisiana.
John hasn’t been with us for the past few months, because he’s trying to survive a death defying fight for life with cancer. Keep calm, and carry on.
When I think of John, I think of his straight forward Louisiana wisdom that rings true with everything I know. John speaks of “sayings there (in Louisiana) that you just never forget.”
I believe the Lord smiles when we remember these qualities of life. Some might make you smile, and some are profound. Here are some of John Bradley’s Louisiana sayings I hope I remember always:
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is a lot faster than a John Deere tractor.
Meanness don’t jus’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every pathway in life has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Good judgement comes from experience, and a lotta that there experience comes from bad judgement.
If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering around someone else’s cat.
Live simply, love deeply, speak kindly, trust in God, and leave the rest to Him.
I think that God must love you very much, John Bradley.
He has given you a life full of love, with friends everywhere you look, and a lotta down to earth “horse sense” that everyone can understand.
You and horses know stuff the rest of us admire.
When I think of you, JB, General Bradley, sir, I really do smile quietly to myself, and I really do know for sure, “God must love you very much, John Bradley.”