On Friday I got a text from our Pastor, Pete Elliott: "Can I use your Peru story as part of my message on Sunday?"
I said "Sure!" I wasn't sure what he was going to do with it, but I was pretty sure he wasn't going to say "Phil was a big baby when we got to Peru."
(Even though that would have been accurate).
A quick side note: A few years ago pastor Jay Madigan mentioned me in a message. It was in reference to my alleged propensity for telling bad puns.
One more side note to Jay: "Hello pot? This is the kettle. You're black."
Back to the original side note:
After the service Beth said "Pastor Jay mentioned dad today".
My son Kenny didn't miss a beat: "Yeah he also mentioned the devil".
Back to the original story: Pete talked about Peru and my speech.
And I found myself saying "WOW! That's a better way of saying it in my contest speech."
So I got permission, and modified the speech.
Note: The material is still over 75% written by me... actually about 95% if we go by word count. So no rules have been broken.