On That Red Dirt Road

red dirt roadI was listening to the radio the other day.  I love country music.  So, of course it was on a country station.  I have heard the song “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn ever since it came out.  It’s a song about a person’s life that was experienced on a “Red Dirt Road”.  Well, of course I relate to that.  I was raised on Rural Route 2, right where the black top ended. (Which is just about the wording of the 1st line of this song).  In Northeast Mississippi we had lots of red dirt roads.  But while I was listening to this song, for some reason it clicked finally what the duo was saying.  They talk about all this stuff that happened on the red dirt road, which was their life.  The song’s chorus goes like this:


It’s where I drank my first beer.

It’s where I found Jesus.

Where I wrecked my first car: I tore it all to pieces.

I learned the path to Heaven, Is full of sinners an’ believers.

Learned that happiness on earth, Ain’t just for high achievers.

I’ve learned; I come to know, There’s life at both ends, Of that red dirt road.


I think there is a lot of truth in this.  The part about happiness on earth ain’t just for high achievers- really is true.  Even the simplest of people can be completely happy.  Happiness is an easy thing to achieve, if you are willing to do what the Bible says.  In Proverbs there was a man named Agur. He declared what he had learned on his “Red Dirt Road”. 


Proverbs 30:7-9

Two [things] have I required of thee; deny me [them] not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Lest I be full, and deny [thee], and say, Who [is] the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God [in vain].


Agur wanted to be rid of a life of excessive pride & lying.  Then, he did not want to be rich or poor, since there are problems with both. In verse 9 he explains if we are prideful or rich we think we don’t need God.  If we are poor, we could be tempted to steal & curse God (a big ol’ helpin’ of a “Why me, Lord?” attitude).  I think there is a BIG lesson in those couple of verses.  One that I needed to hear for sure.  I need to be more content.  I need to enjoy what God has allowed me to achieve on my red dirt road of life.  (Instead of always looking for something  more to make me happy.)  Did you notice Agur did not want a lot of money?  I think if we had a lot of money we would be in a constant state of greed, making sure nobody’s trying to get our money.  Then we could be worried that something would happen to our money.  All that time spent trying to keep hold to all that we have.  When, you can’t take it with you.  In my life time, I have seen so many people act so silly over stuff.  You know what?  When the Lord calls them home, what’s going to happen to that stuff?  Somebody else is going to end up with it.  I haven’t ever seen a U-Haul (full of stuff) pulled behind a hearse.  Have you?  I think ol’ Agur hit it all right on the head.


I hope you don’t mind that my post today includes, Jesus, beer, & happiness.    Because I don’t believe  in any way, that those things go together.  It just worked out that way, for once.  I will ask for forgiveness because Lord have mercy, I don’t want anybody to be offended by it.  Ya’ll just have to understand where I am coming from with this.  I’m so glad you chose to stop by & visit with me.  I love it when you come by!  I have to be going for now, because I should be washing clothes.

Into the Word Wednesday

This is the first time I am participating in “Into the Word Wednesday”. To Falen & Laura from the Upward Not Inward blog: please accept my apologies off the front end if I end up with the craziest post ever! I have been reading these posts for some time now. I decided a week or two ago that I would give this a shot!  You can go to their awesome blog by going to http://www.upwardnotinward.blogspot.com100x100UpwardNotInward

I have been recently reading through Proverbs & now am in Ecclesiastes. One of the things I want to share this week is about how relevant these two books are, even now. I have been so delightfully encouraged about what the book of Proverbs says about controlling our mouths. I will admit I need to hear these verses, just as much as anyone.

telling secrets

Proverbs 26:20
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out: And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

Proverbs 29:11
A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.

Proverbs 6:16
These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood.
18 A heart the devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among the brethren.

Proverbs 13:3
He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 12:22
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

Proverbs 12: 18
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.

These are just some of the verses that have spoken volumes to me. The moral to this story is, Yes, yes I can keep my mouth shut & it’s ok. It’s pretty much what God wants. I don’t have to comment on everything. I don’t have to have my ears open to gossip. I don’t have to pass judgment on someone else. I don’t have to keep the fire stoked with unkindness & bitterness. Proverbs is a wonderful reminder of what it takes to be moral & righteous. If you haven’t read over it in a while or at all, you should take time to read it. This book in the old testament is sure not to disappoint.

I hope my thoughts today have blessed you in some way. Go on over to Upward Not Inward & link up to Into the Word Wednesday. It is a wonderful link up where we tell what we have learned & what has inspired us, as we have been “into the word.” I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by & visiting with me. I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!

Link up with Falen & Laura at Upward Not Inward

Link up with Falen & Laura at Upward Not Inward