Mad Dogs and Mudbugs

This past weekend we were invited to a crawfish boil that some friends were putting on. Who could resist an afternoon of friends, heel thumping zydeco jams and the perfectly spicy satisfaction that one's tastebuds usually encounter after a few pounds of crawfish, taters, and corn pass along them???

For obvious reasons we went… and upon arrival, jumped right into the prep work! There's the lemons, the oranges, the onions, garlic, potatoes, corn, mushrooms, spices, etc. All very important! If you're from East Texas and Louisiana {maybe even further east?} you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. All others might actually be completely repulsed by these pictures! Oh well… we like mudbugs- what can I say?!

Well, most of us do at least…

{It seems like almost every backyard party in Texas ends with a bow coming out. What is it with men and their bows?}

There is something to be said about mad dogs and mudbugs. Although they seem completely unrelated I found myself sitting amongst both of them this weekend. Crawfish bring the crazy out in folks. We talk, we laugh, we feed each other, we shout across tables, we are eating off of newspapers with our hands for goodness sake! Double and triple dippers galore! Border line barbaric! All respectable dear mother manners are out the window and it's 100% face to food… After all, why bring it to your mouth when you can meet it at the table? 

Oh, the luster of them all! {Truth be known, the potatoes are my absolute favorite at these things.}

Friends... Don't they just make the party sometimes? You could be at a perfectly good and entertaining party when suddenly your close friend shows up and your heart can't help but smile. A jump for joy, even if the last time you saw them was for church an hour before… I am always so blessed by the community that we live amongst. Some of the most servant-hearted, find a need and meet it men and women that I know in this world. These dear ones challenge me to live out 1 Corinthians 13 every day. 

"Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, it rejoices with the Truth. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It always perseveres. Love never fails."

I'm not sure about you, but I don't know where I would be without the beautiful people in my world. I pray you have at least one honest and dear friend in this life. And I pray that our eyes would never be closed to those that don't. May the Lord use you in someone else's life to instill honor and trust. To affirm patience and kindness to the seemingly unloveable. To protect and project hope in wounded hearts. To persevere and truly love someone in need today. To be a friend to the friend-less. Chances are you might have more in common with that person than you'd like to think. We were never meant to walk through life alone.

Isn't this guy a cutie? His name is Niko, he was eating crawfish... raw… YUCK! I love my mad dog friends and the Sunday fun that mudbugs bring out of us!