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Then the master said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled (Luke 23:14)“A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do!” I made that statement to my mother over 30 years ago. It was one of those times when I had a better idea to do a project I was working on. My mother who was watching as the intelligence light bulb flickered asked me why I was doing it that way. That’s when I uttered those words. Of course once I finished the project and it didn’t end up as I had planned, mom repeated those words back to me… “Well I guess a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.” For the rest of her life when I would stumble down the road or end up stuck in the ditch of life, mom reminded me with those remarks so many years ago. Moms have such a remarkable sense of humor!Being a truck driver, I often make detours from a planned route and end up on a street filled with ruts and potholes. The same goes for my life’s journey! I often wonder how many times my Lord and Savior watches me with His arms folded across His chest and wonder why I got off track. And there are times when I think He watches me mess up my life and I think maybe He speaks with the Father and says, “Father, look what Richard is doing now! I guess a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”Detours, Discipleship and Dangling Participles are stories, poems, and songs of my life’s journey. Some will make you cry, some will make you laugh and some will have you smiling through your tears.Ain’t it fun to be human?About the AuthorRichard Ware was raised on a small family farm in North-central Missouri. As a youth he attended a small Baptist church on a semi-regular basis. Upon graduation from Bucklin R-II High School, Bucklin, Missouri in 1972 he enlisted in the US Army and headed for Basic Training in October of that same year. He served a 3-year tour of duty: Two years in Germany and he finished his enlistment at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Since those youthful years, he has also served in the Air National Guard, Great Falls, Montana, and the Army National Guard in Macon, Missouri.In February of 1973, he married a young lady from Marceline, Missouri, and from that marriage four children were born: Shane, Brandie, Robert, and Kevin. All are grown now with their own families, and actually in spite of their dad, all have grown into really cool people.After leaving home in 1972, he turned away from God and walked the more travelled roads for about 27 years. Actually, he ran down the hammer lanes of life as fast as he could run. He thought, as many men do, that he was the “big dog in the puppy pen” and preceded full steam ahead just having a lot of fun. In reality, he had so much fun- it led to bankruptcy in the mid 1980’s and divorce at the end of that same decade. As a note, that’s where the fast lane of life takes most men!In 1999, he re-dedicated his life to Jesus and shifted lanes. Now he walks in the “right” or “slow” lane – the path less travelled which leads to the narrow gate where his Lord and Savior will be waiting at his journey’s end. Richard admits, Though I am flawed, I am forgiven. And though I still mess up and fall down from time to time … my heavenly Father picks me up, dusts me off, and with a gentle swat on the backside He tells me to get back out there and do a little better.