I have been to two memorial services in the past two weeks for friends who have died. They really weren’t sad times because each one of them knew Jesus personally. Jesus is their Friend and Lord; and just like Lazarus, they will recognize Jesus’ voice when He wakes them up.
Our lives on this Earth have to show others that Jesus is our best Friend and Lord of our lives. If you want to help with Jesus’ second coming, be a part of this: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come,” Matthew 24:14.
Our lives, or our actions, are better than any sermon. I hope all of you live lives that are a witness to Jesus.
My books are fiction, but real life is a lot better!
I finally got back to writing this week. It has been some time. I don’t know if the break did me any good or not. I sat for an hour at the computer Thursday morning. The sitting wore me out, but my mind was rolling. I’m thinking of writing about fishing stories that I have experienced along with the people who were with me. It is hard to concentrate on two books at the same time, and now I’m contemplating a third one. I think I might like the fishing book better. I have started making notes about it. I started fishing when I was ten years old. Sometimes you have to force yourself to focus on one project, especially when you have many going on.
I remember years ago when I had to force myself to focus on Christ. I laid my Bible on the floor in front of my easy chair. I had to step over it in order to sit down. That forced me to pick it up and read it. And that led to studying it. We all need to focus on Jesus daily. He is our true strength. When we are in Christ’s will, anything is possible. We can do all things. Things we never thought we would do!
Last week I went camping and fishing on Ocracoke Island. The storms have really changed the surf as well as the ferry trip to get there. Fishing was really hard. We didn’t even catch a fish weighing a pound. We did catch Taylor Blues, Whitings, Spot, Porgies, Pompanos, and some undersized Flounder and Puppy Drum.
The town was one big traffic jam. A week after Labor Day and people are still vacationing! I haven’t been there in three years, and I was surprised at the vehicles and all the golf carts. We had to wait for a while trying to get out of the Variety Store. There were some close calls with people backing out and more people driving in.
The whole experience made me long for the 60’s. Camping on Ocracoke was an adventure with the outdoor hand-pulled showers and all the sand at the campground. I remember the sign to “boil water five minutes before drinking”. I even remember when the camping was free. We used to catch big fish which made all the inconveniences worthwhile. I guess campers today have gotten soft.
My life is just as busy as it was when I was working full time. I may even be more on the go now. I love doing what God asks me to do, even though sometimes it is hard. But His Spirit gives me the extra strength to get harder things done.
One thing is good about retirement. When I go on my camping and fishing vacation, there won’t be a pile of work waiting for me when I get back! I hope that I will have more time to work on Mastermind when I come back refreshed. There is something special about being in God’s nature!