But you, O lord, will be exalted forever.
Your enemies, lord, will surely perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.
But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
You have anointed me with the finest oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the lord’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
they will remain vital and green.
They will declare, “The lord is just!
He is my rock!
There is no evil in him!”
(Psalm 92:8-15, NLT)
For weeks I have struggled with what do I say about myself on this page. At the age of 66, why would I start a blog? Who am I, and what have I done, that would merit you spending your time, reading what I have written? What can I say that would benefit anyone? All of those are good questions, and I didn’t know how to answer them.
Then I came across the verses above in one of my excursions through Psalms, and I knew what I wanted to say. Anything that I am, or have, is because God has blessed me more than I deserve. My Mom and Dad were converted when I was young, and they took to Jesus, and He took to them. Mom was a church secretary, Dad served as a deacon — God, Jesus, the Bible, the gospel, preachers, and church attendance were a vital part of who we were. We attended a couple of good churches, and I heard a lot of great preaching, and had some good Bible class teachers.
My life has been blessed with a great wife, Malia, who has supported me and been an inspiration to me — and loved me, even when I wasn’t very lovable. We have 1 daughter, 2 sons, 1 son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 2 dogs. All of these (even the dogs) can tell you my strengths, and weaknesses, because they know me — and I have made my share of mistakes, and had my failures.
The opportunities were given to me to learn from great teachers at York College (York, Nebraska), International Bible College (Florence, Alabama), and Abilene Christian University (Abilene, Texas). I wish I had been a better student, and had applied myself better; but I learned a lot, and not just “book learning.” God blessed me with the opportunity to do “full-time local work” in Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. In those churches, I have met some fantastic people that have influenced my life greatly.
In 1991 I left “full-time” ministry, and became a bi-vocational minister for most of the last 25 years. December 11, 2015 I left the workplace and joined the ranks of the retired. But I didn’t want to retire, I wanted to “flourish” and “produce fruit” in my “old age”. The elders of the Prairie Grove church of Christ, after listening to me for 15 years, blessed me with the opportunity to be their full-time minister.
I want to be a better student, preacher, minister, servant than I have ever been before. I want to continue to dwell in His Word, and share my “musings” with any that want to read. As the passage says I want to “remain vital and green. This blog is one of my efforts to stay green, and growing. Basil Overton once said, “As long as you are green, you are still growing; when you are ripe, you are nearly rotten.” Lord, help me not to “rot” before my time!