Countless Expressions of Wisdom

Over the years I had been privileged to recognize and remember wise counsel or as I prefer to recall it, countless expressions of wisdom from family and friends; the following is a compilation of personal memories of three unforgettable individuals who have had great influence on my way of thinking, believing and interpreting moments of everyday life.

William Calvin Scott, Uncle Bill was the only sibling of our daddy and he was an inspiration to the individuals in his inner circle; outwardly, he was filled with knowledge, wisdom, and humor, and was never reserved about expressing his opinion whether it was an important situations or just trivial facts.  He drove the transport for our family owned propane gas business, and over the years, hauled thousands of gallons of a hazardous material known as liquefied petroleum product; a substance that is not only flammable but can also cause an explosion.

One might think that he considered his job as hazardous but if you quizzed him about what the most dangerous material to haul, he always declared that it was unprocessed beef, in those days it was referred to as swinging meat, carcasses hung on a hook inside a refrigerated hauling container, and because it could not be completely secured, if the heavy load ever shifted, disaster likely occurred.  Uncle Bill said that danger was a matter of perspective; when he shared his knowledge, we listened.

My maternal granddaddy Luther Scott never received any goods on credit; he paid in full for supplies for his country store when he placed his weekly orders because he did not want to be indebted to anyone or as he expressed it receive a “dun.”  He did have a checking account and savings accounts and although he did not completely trust banks because he lived through the depression, he knew the value of keeping your funds safe.

He declared that if you do not have the money to make a purchase then work harder, save your money and be patient; in time you will accomplish your goal.  I know he would imagine that using a credit card was unthinkable.  Besides owning a country store, he also farmed in Terrell County, and was well respected for speaking few words and meaning what he said; his word was his bond.

HOPE has been the subject of several thought provoking sermons presented recently by Reverend David Perry at Black Springs Baptist Church; hope is his acronym for "having our peace endure."   "Our peace will endure for as long as we have hope", he pronounced and I know what Pastor David tells us is factual.  “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26.

Gaining understanding from a knowledgeable individual is an amazing blessing; whether they gained their expertise from experience, study or divine guidance, there is so much to be learned from those who know.

Brenda S. Brown 


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