QotD 2/26/24: Missing the Man in Black

 

The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that his will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.” Johnny Cash

It struck me how this quote echoed the words of the Apostle Paul from First Thessalonians 4: “But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”

Johnny Cash would have been 92 today, we lost him in 2003. He was one of those rare performers (like Dolly Parton) that was beloved by conservatives and liberals, young and old. Far from a perfect man, he made some very public mistakes. But he tried to live out his faith and strove for excellence. Though the line that will always be most closely associated with him isn’t exactly inspiring (“I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die“), I choose to post two songs celebrating his faith in God and his country.

In The Sweet Bye And Bye (youtube.com)

Song of the Patriot (youtube.com)

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  1. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Both great quotes for our day and time!

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  2. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Eustace C. Scrubb: the words of the Apostle Paul from First Thessalonians 4: “But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”

    Christianity is conservative.

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  3. Dotorimuk Coolidge
    Dotorimuk
    @Dotorimuk

    Any of y’all read Cash’s book “The Man in White” about the Apostle Paul? I haven’t read it myself yet, but having read Cash’s incredible autobiography, I need to get a copy.

     

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  4. Lilly B Coolidge
    Lilly B
    @LillyB

    Johnny Cash is still appealing to new audiences even 20 years after his death. What a legend. 

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  5. Cow Girl Thatcher
    Cow Girl
    @CowGirl

    He and June Carter Cash recorded a beautiful song about life after death. The first time I heard it on my car radio, I was so touched that I had to pull over to listen and cry.  Two of my children sang it at their dad’s funeral and they are also required to sing it at mine…whenever that happens.  My Sweetie and I attended several Johnny Cash concerts over the years, and he was seriously excellent!!

     

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