Sunday, October 31, 2010


Yesterday I had opportunity to use a GPS unit for the first time.  I was in unfamiliar territory and needed to get somewhere by a certain time, so friends offered the use of their GPS.  I found that it was very comforting to have someone tell me which way to go, without having to use a map and figure it out on my own.  However, as I neared my destination I realized that the wrong address had been entered into the GPS unit and it was taking me somewhere I did not want to go.  At that time, I decided to deviate from the GPS verbal directions and find my destination without the unit.  The GPS protested each different turn I made, but I chose to ignore that voice and go where I needed to go. On the ride home I began to reflect on this experience and had these thoughts. 

1. There are many voices in the world that we can listen to, some take us in the right direction some do not.  It is important to know the difference.

2. There are times when the GPS we listen to is right for part of the journey, but can ultimately lead us to a wrong end if the destination is wrong.  We must always be looking around and using discernment to know when it is time to ignore the GPS and use Godly wisdom to take us to where we are supposed to be.

3. The GPS can be re-set.  When we discover that we are headed in the wrong direction, we have the opportunity to change the settings and go the right way similar to how Redemption, Grace and Mercy work.

I am relating this story to explain what my blog is all about.  I have been writing for many years; I remember as a child writing short stories, I began to write songs when I was a teenager.  As a young child I sat at my mother's feet as she wrote human interest stories for the local newspaper, you might say I was raised to be a creative writer; music and writing is in my genetic code.  but I recognize that I am just another voice in the wilderness.  I call this blog "This and $2.50" because I often tell people (after expressing my opinion) that my opinion and $2.50 will get you a cup of coffee.  It is not that I think what I have to say is not worth anything, but I realize that what you will read will be my opinion and perspective on life in general.  I pray that it will bless you and lead you in a right direction, but there are times when it will simply be my perspective.  I wish to share lessons that I have learned along the way and comment on things that I see on my journey.  Some blogs will not be "lessons" but simply life observations.

I believe that it is important for people be "thinking people."  I am hopeful that my blog will cause readers to think and reflect.  I am someone who loves spirited conversation; I want feedback and encourage readers to comment before leaving.  If I can be a GPS to someone for part of a journey then I have fulfilled my desire to share.

Welcome to my blog, thank you for stopping by and taking time to read; for time is very precious and fleeting.  I humbly thank you for deciding to use this precious commodity reading my words and I am honored.  Be blessed in your journey, please let me know what you think.