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And one more preacher man fell today.

Updated on June 23, 2013

Some responsibilities are too much.

Please do not expect me to raise the sun.
Please do not expect me to raise the sun. | Source

I admit I do wrong.

When I was a little biddy boy my momma would rock me in a cradle. From then on life went down hill.

Today i preached to little guys. If I mess up, they stumble. Please stop and think about that. It applies to your life also.

Big deal if I do wrong for myself and cause issues in my life. I do not worry, clients, my wife, my friends, my children and my bosses will straighten me out. If I listen and have an open heart I will do better and correct wrongs. I will make money and feed those I must feed and provide a roof for those who count on me.

There is a great guy and there was a great guy.

billybuc is my great teacher. He taught children for years. Now he teaches us children how to write better and more importantly HOW to love better. I do not think he has ever made a mistake in teaching me. That is really hard to do.

There was a man they called Rabbi and friend. As far as I know he never messed up teaching. He was good at asking questions to make us think. And he never ever forgot to add encouragement -- Like he would say: "your faith has made your well",,, instead of taking the credit. He walked around and had no home, but he liked it and kept on teaching.

My pappy loved me to death. He never taught me wrong. My older son has taught me well and never made a mistake.

But I tell you, my mother made many mistakes. And she suffered for it. In her early stages of failing she begged forgiveness. But she did not beg forgiveness for what she had done but how she had failed and made my older sibling the dirty rotten dog he is.

My sibling does not bother me. But the fear that I could help produce ugliness of spirit seriously worried me.

So I say to my friends, stay away from the children

Do not even go there. The burden is too heavy. The shackles are forever. One mistake and one child goes astray you have failed like the devil falling into a burning ring of fire. The Stakes are too high, mistakes too amplified and blameworthy. Trim roses and plant daisy's but do not coach soccer or softball or little league.

Do not walk down a street in Mogadishu with a gun. Do not go into villages in north Vietnam. Do not seek out Taliban in Afghanistan. Do not bring water to towns in Syria.

Stay on the sidelines. Watch from the bleachers but do not enter the battlefields of life. Please my friends run and hide.

For today I made one child stumble

It is a beast within me that I am not perfect. I did not reach him. He did not feel my love. I am the fool.

But God loves us fools and idiots and drunks. He gave me another chance. My hand could not reach further but something lifted the child back to my arms. Today I barely got by. Tomorrow I may not be so graced.

I am not that strong.

So call out today and tomorrow to a teacher of the young and preacher to the youth and rabbi to the young and lift them up. Lest they stumble and bring a child down with them.

You belong to be free

I must admit i tried to provoke you.

Perhaps in love we can raise the children. Perhaps in love we can rise up the children. Perhaps when we pass one child will remember what we taught.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      One of my new favorites is the woman singing the song in that hub you linked to.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kid Creole and the coconuts is one of Epi's favs --

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Aw, thanks for sharing the link! Also - good to know I can have your coconuts; I'm in the mood for a pina colada. ;)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      As we say around here "absoluteamundo". You can take my coconuts but don't take my hope.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, loved your last piece that everyone should read at:

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Sigh. . .As a parent especially, I frequently feel as if I fail to be the example I should be or to reach a child in the way that I hope. Fortunately, though, there's always hope for better.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are servants first and foremost. Our human condition requires constant nurture to others. If we fail one time, who knows. But we have to keep swinging for the fence.

      Very nice thought you gave me, a blessing and my energy to you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Ohhh my...I just felt a bat in my heart making me score a home run. In life we will hit the ball over the outfield fence...many things happen then. But, God is good, real and loves us!

      I hear you Eric, I hear you.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruth, too long no see. We are doing wonderful out here in the coastal desert southwest in the US. Almost 100 degrees right now. I suppose it keeps things the way they should be.

      It is free play time for my son right now. No preconditions. We will learn from our mistakes. I finally get that consequences are the rod the bible speaks of. Save a child from the consequences of their actions and you condemn them here.

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      Ruth Ferraz 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Eric,

      How are you doing

      I love this hub, specially the video! We are free...

      Certainly, if we: "Start children off on the way they should go,

      and even when they are old they will not turn from it" as in Proverbs 22.6.

      Best regards!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      "If I mess up, they stumble." I think about that a lot. They must know up front that we're not infallible; and that there is One who is, because preachers fall every day. That does not release us from our responsibilities; instead it gives us reason for us to uphold each other. Thanks Eric, for sharing your perspective.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady, may I suggest you not understand it and leave it alone. We must take on only the burdens we are meant to share.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am just so grateful for those who keep me real. Bill Holland is a man. One day I thought of having a broken leg. So I could just sit and read Billybuc all day. Well old Samuel Clemons and you have much in common:

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      I do not understand this but I will sleep on it tonight and see what I understand tomorrow. Something compelled me to read this and so I did, but not sure yet why.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Man, dude, you really lay the truth on us all to hear. This might be my favorite of yours.....and sincerely, thank you for the kind words my friend.



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