Life in a Drawer
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Greetings Little Flock,
I'd like to ask a favor of you all this morning. If you would
please say a little prayer for my Connie girl. She was sick
yesterday and in bed most of the day and wasn't able to go to
church today. And she very rarely ever misses church. I guess
she was trying to do a little too much this past week. We've had
friends all week, off and on, working on the shed covering for
our camper which kept her busy running for materials for the
shed, cooking, and taking care of me while I was in bed some
days this past week.
Yesterday they finished the shed and little 11 year old Buttons
and 5 year old Kyle helped me wash my '74' Dodge 1Ton truck
while everyone else worked on the shed. Emma came up and helped
clean the windows and dash while we dried the truck. It sure was
nice to get out and finally do a little something. I took the
children and Panda Bear to the dairy dip and got them an ice
cream cone and they sure did have a big time. Especially
watching Panda Bear slobber all over the napkin when I bit off
some ice cream and gave it to her. And they really giggled when
Panda dropped the ice cream on my leg and made a sticky mess. Of
course I egged it on just a little bit. (smile)
Oh yea, I took a different way home and told them I was lost and
they sure got wound up over that. LOL And I spotted a friend in
his drive way and stopped to ask directions to Allegre. I winked
at Jeff when I ask him directions and he played right along with
me and said he wasn't sure where Allegre was. Yes siree, we
really had a time picking at Buttons and Kyle. I kept acting
like I was lost but when Buttons saw the Allegre church sign,
she knew where we were and guided me all the way home. I just
acted lost until we got to our drive way. Sure was a fun time
picking with the children.
And before Marvin and Naomi took Buttons and Kyle back home they
got out the lawn mowers and mowed the grass for Connie. It was
really high and Connie just hasn't been up to doing it so that
was really sweet of them. Our preacher, Bro. Eddy, Delois, and
the children came for a few minutes, after Marvin and family
left, to visit. All in all it's been one busy week. Oh yea,
before I forget, I'll try and send some pictures of everyone
working on the shed and the children washing the truck, to you
all this week sometime.
And one big reminder for you. This week is the 2nd week of Sept
and the message, "If you could take one thing to Heaven, what
would you take?" was aired this morning on WRMI New Jersey radio
and will be again on Tuesday and 9:45amCT. Had some great
answers so go to my web site and click the link. And It'll be on
again Wednesday morning at 9am on the WEKT radio station here in
Elkton. If you participated in that question, you can see or
hear your name on the radio with your answer... It was fun.
Well enough about everything going on around the Bar-K-Ranch for
now. Let’s get into our message for today. I believe you all are
going to be blessed by this message and I pray you will read it
all. I know today’s letter and message is a little long but I’m
flying high on Jesus and couldn’t help myself. Well Glory! And
‘Life is a Drawer’
James 4; 14
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For
what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away.
Psalms 39; 1, 7
1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my
tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and
my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire
burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my
days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine
age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best
state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are
disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who
shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
You know I was looking thru the filing cabinet awhile back and
reading some of my dad’s old sermons and other things I have
saved since his going to be with the Lord in 1977. I ran across
some of dad’s diplomas. Two were from the Pioneer Theological
Seminary for his doctorates. One was The Doctor of Bible
Philosophy and the other for Doctor of Divinity. As I looked
into that filing cabinet and read some of dad’s sermons and
studies it came to me that my dad’s life as a Presbyterian
pastor and teacher of the Bible was in that drawer.
It amazed me that a person’s whole life was neatly tucked into
one filing cabinet drawer. It is all that is left of his
life as a pastor. Oh, the memories of him linger in the minds of
those who knew him and I smile as I remember the fun times we
all had when I was a boy growing up. And some of the revivals
and the folks who were saved at those Holy Ghost filled meetings
truly stir my heart. Seems like only yesterday…
Then it dawned on me! Dad was only 54 when he
died and just this August I turned 68. My life’s vapour is
coming to that point, as the scriptures say, and vanishing away.
I guess in the hum drum of life we seldom have the time to
ponder over our lives and what will be left in our "life’s
drawer", don’t we? How did we measure up? What will our
family and friends remember about us? What was our purpose and
did we accomplish our God given purpose in this short life God
has given to us. Our life in a drawer is a harsh reality isn’t
it? As we look around us we come to realize that so many lives
have come to naught. Just one generation and your whole life is
forgotten. Sort of sad when put into that perspective especially
in the worldly aspect of things… Unless that is, you have
accomplished something for Christ and Our Heavenly Father…
Think on this! One day you and I are going to
stand before God and in God’s drawer and filing cabinet; a
folder with our name on it will be opened ( the Bible refers to
them as books,
Rev. 20; 12;
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the
books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things
which were written in the books, according to their works.
8 For whether we live, we
live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord:
whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and
revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set
at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee
shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself
Note: At the
Judgment Seat of Christ, vs.10, are the things we have done
as a child of God, for our names will have been
written in the Lambs Book of life, and will be revealed. And at
that time we may receive our rewards; jewels for our crown; to
present to Christ and lay at His feet… I’m afraid that the books
opened for the unsaved standing before God at the Great White
Throne Judgment will only reveal that the deeds the lost souls
have none in the flesh, good or bad, were not counted to them
for salvation and they will be cast into hell and the lake of
The whole point of this is simply: What have
you done for Christ since becoming a child of God?
What kind of witness and soul winner have you been? Will folks
remember you for the Godly and Christian deeds you have done?
And here is a thought for you: That little boy or girl you tell
the stories of Jesus too, that young teen ager or young mom or
dad you witness too, and yes even that elderly lost person may,
because of your leading them to the foot of the cross and saving
blood of Jesus; they will spend eternity in Heaven because of
your testimony and them becoming saved.
And just think; one these dear ones you have lead
to the Lord may just turn out to be another Billy Graham, or
Billy Sunday, or, and this is one of my favorites, a Jack Hyles…
Or they may just become a little country preacher like that ole
Jim Keeling. (smile) The point here is that thru your
faithfulness in giving of yourself, your means, and in soul
winning, you will have had a part in all that lineage of souls
finding Christ because you took the time and effort to lead a
lost soul to Jesus…
Well I guess all this is something to think about
isn’t it? So I’ll just close with this; What’s in your "Life’s
Drawer"? As you open it, are you pleased at the files inside or
is there much room for additions and improvement? Just something
for you, my little flock, to ponder over. And while you’re
pondering I’ll ask that you remember that this ole preacher
loves you and wants only the best for you and to see you be the
child of God which would and will be pleasing to Our Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ. Well Glory!