Okey…If I write articles that hit you where it hurts, I write many that
hit me, too. And when I’m listening to others, also. The most recent was when Reverend Robert Jeffries,
on his “Pathway to Victory” weekly broadcast said, “Life is like a dollar bill…you can spend it any
way you please, but you can only spend it once.”
It started me, looking at
my past. Up until age 11, I was right careful, a penny at a time. But from then until 24, there were temptations
and mistakes, even though I never got away from God.
Then from 24 to 88, I had a wife to help
me keep the halter on. There were four years in the Navy, then marriage, and three daughters over a period of time,
a career in Radio, including singing lead in a quartet we called the “Southerners.” And all the while, I
was working fulltime at a radio station, while driving 20 miles away to attend college. Then after graduation, spending
two years as News and Sports Director at that same college which is now a university.
in Communications, and I told them I was planning to build a Radio Station, but they didn’t believe me…until
I left them to do just that. And if those sound like busy/busy, years, they were. I have a saying that “There’s
no glory in lack of opportunity.” I was good…and busy!
And now, in retirement,
I’m writing a weekly website that I call, “Website Missionary.” God watched over me, all the time
waiting until I could ease off and really work in His behalf. I was finally doing what He had born me for, and I’m
spending my dollar even more carefully. Join me!
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.