The sun was shining through the window on a Sunday after church. I was five and had learned about Heaven that day and told my Mom I was going. She explained how I get to Heaven and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. No turning back.
Baptized at nine, camp counselor, youth and choir director, Bible College, Bible teacher, Fuller Seminary, many missions trips later and, I thought, had I been a guy, I would have wanted to be a Pastor.
I’m happy with the outcome and God’s plan for the season that followed including; marriage, children, and grandchildren. I was honored to be a teacher, chemist, then real estate broker, and now retiring. It is time to go. Oscar Wilde said, “The burden of this world is too great for one man to bear, and the world’s sorrow too heavy for one heart to suffer”, but Jesus could and Jesus did.
Most of us go – go help at a food bank or go across the street to help a neighbor, and some go across the ocean because there are 3 billion people who have never heard what I was privileged to learn at age five.
I have a particular interest in post-Christian Western European countries with an increasing influx of Muslims. The truth void is being filled with false religion. Islam is a works system with an unloving God who punishes. Our God sent the Ten Commandments to demonstrate that we can’t keep all the rules then Jesus did. Then He died for us and rose from the dead. We believe, then abide with Him, allow him to sit on the throne of our hearts, then try to live our best life where he puts us until Heaven. Hopefully, we each use up all of the talent He gave us for this life. It is not how much faith but the object of our faith that counts.
When I had a real estate business I gathered people into that business. What better use of my life now then to continue to gather more and better disciples of Jesus Christ into something that will outlast this life. Life is good – God is better. In this season I want to be obedient to the role we all have in reaching people and brave enough for this adventure.