THE BEAUTIFUL WISEMANBy: Darrelyn L. TuttCharlie, Taylor, and little Jimmy were characters selected to play wisemen in the annual Christmas program. Before each "wiseman" laid his gift down before Jesus, he was to hold it up and share what he had brought as a gift:-Little Charlie proudly strolled down the aisle in his dazzling attire topped off with his glittering crown, held up his little gold box and said, "Gold," and he laid it down before Jesus.-Little Taylor did a marvelous job following suit; proudly holding up a small ornamented box and said, "Myrrh," and he laid it down nicely before Jesus.-Little Jimmy trailed enthusiastically down the aisle, held up his special little gift, and announced to the audience, "Frank sent me," and he laid down his gift of "frankincense" and stood with the wisemen.Perfect ...--------Gosh, but I find this amusing and my soul loves it!The longer I have time to think on it, the more beautiful the "misinterpretation" grows in me, dear reader. I have begun to pray that God will make my heart like Jimmy's this Christmas:1) For an earnest declaration of the things which I am in possession of, I give God thanks.No little enthusiasm is mine this year as I proclaim and make notable the gifts of redemption, mercy, and grace, even though I know that I don't fully understand them and am problably misinterpreting them.Mmmm ...Thank you, Jesus.-----2) For the gift of repentance I give God thanks, hold it up, and boldly declare "it" the most pronounced, celebrated gift I can give to my King.This gift, dear reader, is wrapped in gold with a golden bow adorning; I am His "golden" child and it is worth celebrating.The gift of repentance brings life.Thank you, Jesus.----- 3) For a joyful gait and a stride of enthusiastic zeal erupting without hesitation before man and God, I place my gifts before Jesus, kneel down at His feet, and kiss them passionately, decidedly, and joyfully. In worship and love for my King I sing the chorus joyfully:"Star of wonder, star of nightStar with royal beauty brightWestward leading, still proceedingGuide us to Thy perfect light."-John Henry Hopkins, Jr.------Guide us to Thy perfect light ...
PORTRAIT OF SUCCESSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The portrait of a man’s success:Distinguished as a noble guest,Replete in certain form, attire,Familiar with the word “acquire.”
The hat is tipped, the common bow,And all discern the noble brow;The able man of wealth and pride,Who blinds the weak and starry-eyed.
His name is known upon the street,Yet few are those he cares to greet;And thus, we see, the inward shell,Is quite an empty place to dwell.
I looked and did behold, again,A pauper midst the common men;A heart of kindness, good and true,Extended hand to more than few.
The providence of God had been,Securely anchored deep within;He gave to give … without respect,And not a thing did he collect.
I marveled as I did compare,The different men with different stare;And saw the one so amply dressed,Was not the measure of success.
The humble heart so true composed,The works so outwardly exposed;Reveal a certain truth of old,Success is not attained by gold.
This revelation stark and true,Should cause the heart to think anew;What is "my" measure of success,And how do I define it best?-------"Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven."Proverbs 23:5
VIBRANT COLORBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Life with Christ is intended to be vibrant, colorful, and beautiful,and to settle for anything less is a tragic loss indeed.Christ is characterized by ingenuity, imagination, and pure artistic and aesthetic qualities that exceed defining and understanding.-View the creation and note the artistic mindset composing the words that shaped the worlds.-View the myriads of peoples and note the variation of tongue, color, ancestry, and soul formation.God is gloriously,Magnificently,Beautifully,andThought-provokingly artistic and creative in all of His ways.He mesmerizes and steals with a thousand strokes …the soul of man.Enjoy the companionship of God.Appreciate the originality that defines Him.Explore the wonders assigned to Him.Examine and exclaim at the goodness that aligns you with Him,And live a life enhanced …In vibrant color.------“As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of One that spoke.”Ezekiel 1:28
THE FOOT YOU TRIP ONBy: Darrelyn L .Tutt
Don't put your best foot forward;it's likely to be the foot you trip on.Hmmm ...-------So right now in my life I'm asking God to do this certain amazing thing that I believe lines up in accordance with the Gospel, in accordance with redemption, and in accordance with reconciliation.But I recognize it as an impossible human endeavor and a very large and God-sized possible endeavor. I cannot say how it might pan-out, but I think there's a thread of gold in the vein worth seeking and so I implore God on the matter.it's so strange how He turns the heart ... is it not?In a magical, mystical, certain majestical fashion God somehow makes the heart to want something it never wanted.Indeed, initially the soul might even work to refuse it and resist it, but the glimmer of gold takes ahold, and the glory of God shines through.In accordance with His glory and His power at work ... He does these crazy suggestive acts in the soul that suggest that His power is very much alive and waiting to be realized and appropriated not by just a "single" individual but by a corporate body.Simply put, He shuts down the best of our preconceived ideas and replaces them with His own and He whispers, Putting "your" best foot forward is a very bad idea because you haven't got a best foot.Putting My promises forward and stepping out on those is a very wise idea that will grant you empowerment, encouragement, and a needed strength for your next step.Mmmm ...And there we have it for today.We pray earnestly and implore God steadily to act on our behalf and reveal His glory.We look for the thread of gold and we seek after it intently;we allow His promises to lead us,and we cease from putting our best foot forward ...And we journey home.-------"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."Ephesians 3:20-21
THE MIND THAT MOVED THE INKBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
The third president of the United States, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and the “right’s activist” who wrote The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (the work responsible for securing and declaring religion a natural right,) was Thomas Jefferson.Admiration for his zeal, zest, and intellect are well founded, yet realities about the mind that moved the ink should be understood.As with all authors, his religious background and fundamental belief in God, should be studied and reflected on carefully before delving into his work.Thomas Jefferson was a child of the “Enlightenment” period (an 18th century European movement that haled man’s intellect and reasoning as the supreme force for the interpretation and understanding of politics, philosophy, and all written works including God’s word.) Known also as the “Age of Reason” it produced extraordinary “thinkers” but not necessarily Biblical ones.In light of this reality … consider the following book excerpt:In February 1804, Jefferson went to work with a razor. He clipped his favorite passages out of His Bible and pasted them in double columns on forty-six octavo sheets. Jefferson included the teachings of Jesus but excluded the miracles. He deleted the virgin birth, the resurrection, and every supernatural event in between. In the words of historian Edwin Gaustad, ‘If a moral lesson was embedded in a miracle, the lesson survived in Jeffersonian scripture, but the miracle did not. Even when this took careful cutting with the scissors.” The story of the man with the withered hand is a classic example. In Jefferson’s Bible, Jesus still offers commentary on the Sabbath, but the man’s hand is left unhealed. When Jefferson got to John’s Gospel, Gausted notes, he “kept his blades busy.” Jefferson’s version of the Gospels ends with the stone in front of the tomb. Jesus died on the cross but never rose from the dead.------Hard to imagine, isn’t it … taking scissors to the sacred text of Scripture? But don’t we do the same thing? We wouldn’t dare use a razor, but we cut and paste nonetheless. We pick and choose our favorite verses while ignoring the texts we cannot comprehend or don’t particularly like. We rationalize the verses that are too radical. We scrub down the verses that are too supernatural. We put Scripture on the chopping block of human logic and end up with a neutered gospel. We commit intellectual idolatry, creating God in our own image. So instead of living a life that resembles the supernatural standard set in Scripture, we follow an abridged version of the Bible that looks an awful lot like us.-Mark BattersonThe Grave Robber------Hmmm ...Words to think about and questions to ask ourselves.
By: Darrelyn L. TuttHere before me sits a small mustard colored, medicated tube of Neosporin:Pain Relief Ointment.First Aid Antibiotic/Pain Relieving Ointment.Words of promised and pronounced relief ...and the providing of it.I swab a generous dose onto my nickle-sized, enflamed "heel" blister and wince with a momentary sting, but then the relief comes.Bugger and blast on those adorable new snowboots; and ouch for ouch, in each step I take when I walk.Hmmm ...------Neosporin is a healing balm and so are gracious people."Neosporin individuals" know how to apply grace and love in another's time of need."Neosporin individuals" counteract the pain of bleeding blisters,deep cuts,open wounds,and festering, unpleasant looking hurts ...and they begin, with immediacy, to apply the balm of needful grace to the area infected."Neosporin individuals" are more interested in coming to aid than coming to gossip."Neosporin individuals" aren't looking for the syrupy details that provoked the pain or produced the burn;they're looking to apply the remedy to it and concerned with little else.They prevent further aggravation to the wounded area, and they apply themselves to a steady and daily application of grace."Neosporin individuals" rejoice when healing takes place;and they witness, in a wondrous firsthand way, the effects of their grace.Mmmm ...-------"Neosporin individuals" are developed, generally, through hurts of their own.They have learned to linger long with Jesus and love powerfully because of Him.They're life-giving, soul-healing, wondrous individuals, to whom much grace has been given,and from whom much grace is poured out.------For the "Neosporin individuals" who are active and ardent participators in healing and growth, God be praised, and help us to be among them. For those with cuts, lacerations, bruising, and the like ...may your wounds be tended,may your souls be mended,and may you experience the graceful effects of healing God desires for you.God grant you a "Neosporin individual" or two, or three.-------The "Neosporin God" brings hope, healing, and a Savior.He is the eternal remedy for our temporal sorrows and our sinful souls.Praise the Lord and receive ... His gentle healing."He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath born our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed."Isaiah 53:4-5------A tender dose of Neosporin ...
DARE TO DREAMBy: Darrelyn L .TuttChip Davis is an inspiration to me:-He dared to dream.-He dared to risk.-He dared to embrace a creative philosophy, early on, deemed unpopular and undesirable to the music industry.-He dared to activate and launch his dreams in order to realize them.-He dared to move in a direction different from others.Chip Davis "DARED TO DREAM" ... and so can we!It's time to realize "your" dreams!In 2019 I'm expanding the "DARE TO DREAM" theme with a desire of motivating and energizing you to the "more" you were called to.It's time to live again, dear friend!Dream again and be energized by the desires lying dormant inside of you.Visit my Contact page and invite me into 2019!-Darrelyn L. Tutt------ MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER EXTRAORDINAIRE comes highly recommended, and its first piece, "Hallelujah," is produced with a feverish, energizing pitch curiously matched by my own. Mmm.... it's something else!You must try it!----Facts produced by the Mannheim Steamroller:*Chip Davis is the founder and creator of the Mannheim Steamroller.-Mannheim has sold over 40 million albums making them one of the top 50 best selling artists during the past two decades.-If you lined up all the CDs sold, they'd stretch from New York to Los Angeles and then into the Pacific Ocean, more than 3000 miles.-If you stacked up the CDs they would be taller than the Sears Tower, 645 times taller.-The brand's name comes from Mannheim, Germany where Mozart lived. Mannheim Steamroller is the name for an 18th century musical technique known as the crescendo.-Chip formed the American Gramaphone record label in 1974 when no label would take his music. Today, American Gramaphone is one of the most successful independent music franchises in history.-Mannheim Steamroller is the #1 Christmas music artist of all times, selling over 27 million albums. The second highest Christmas artist is Elvis Presley.-The top-selling non-music product on the Mannheim Steamroller website is Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. The hottest ring tone for mobile phones is "Carol of the Bells."-In addition to writing, arranging and recording 35 albums, Chip is the author of five children's books and has created an entire line of food and bath products under the Mannheim Steamroller name.-Chip's first job was a telephone lineman. He then went on to sing in Norman Luboff Choir after college and later became an advertising jingle writer in Omaha.-In Christmas of 2008, Chip gave away one million CDs to U.S. troops, their families, military hospitals and other support groups.-Chip has developed a patent-pending music therapy system. Ambient Therapy combines music with natural sounds and is being used by Mayo Clinic, Wake Forest, Walter Reed, and other medical facilities.-Mannheim Steamroller is the only group ever to perform twice at the annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations. -The music industry told Chip "Don't do a Christmas album because that will signal the end of your career." Mannheim Steamroller Christmas went on to sell five million copies after Chip produced it himself, and changed the sounds of Christmas music forever.--------DARE TO DREAM-
LITTLE WOODEN STICKSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
By: Darrelyn L. TuttLast night, the delight of caroling to shut-ins was mine.Three women "holed up in their homes" made quick entry into my heart and this morning these women are fresh on my mind.The evening was beautiful and the earlier forecast of bad weather subdued by a soft blanket of white snow and a perfect star-studded sky.In my enthusiasm and declaration to God for His goodness and beauty, I spontaneously launched a most perfect "snow angel" onto the front lawn of a certain shut-in named "Roda," but with good reason.------Roda is a woman possessed of a beautiful spirit but with legs which do not work rightly.She walked with a very obvious pain but with the joy of Jesus beautifully displayed on her olive-toned face. She gave a loud exclamation in "Sudanese" ( Sudan is her native home) upon our arrival which was the most distinguished version of "tongues" I've ever heard.I wish I could immitate it but I think it would prove an unprofitable waste of time and it could never sound like dear Roda's.I shall remember it all my life.Roda very much blessed me, dear reader, and that's why I left a snow angel on her front lawn.I'm pretty sure that she loves the angel as much as I loved her exclamation, and now I feel we're matched for life in enthusiastic expression, and fresh bread must now be brought over on my "wings." Secretly, dear reader, I'm desirous of hearing the "Sudanese tongue" again and I wonder if I shall.Hmmm ...-------And one thing leads to another and the Father works eternal.One snow angel at a time He beautifies us,cleans us up,and we become "white" and right in Him.We live to bring joy and blessing to others ...and we live out the love of the Father.For new friends and old friends,for new tongues and old tongues ...for snow angels and Jesus,we give God praise.Beautiful Roda and the snow angel.------