It has been an 81-year journey with a track record marked by the good, the bad, and occasionally, just a touch of the ugly. But I do not complain, and I’m not alone. Although I shall write in the first person, everything that applies to me applies to you too. The only difference between us, if there is a difference, is that I have committed my life to Jesus Christ and I’m actively planning to build on what has been toward a future in which my dreams come true.
I believe God had a purpose for my life when He created me. Implementing that purpose may have been delayed, but it has not changed. Not only do I serve a God of the impossible, I serve a God Who has little respect for time. What got off track forty years ago is back on track again.
I’ve been through the hurricane, and the storms have threatened to sink my ship. But I have chosen to put a positive twist on my past and to see the hand of God in my journey; it has helped me become a better man. God, it seems, knew He had to grow me before He could grow my future.
Please understand I am neither bragging nor complaining. But I suspect you know where I am coming from; life is no walk in the park for any of us. But there are, perhaps, two differences between us.
You have yet to decide your past is not a negative but a foundation on which you can build in the days to come. You’ve given up on your dreams, accepted your status in life, and settled in to wait for retirement and a chance to rest on your laurels. Your tomorrow’s no longer excite you; you’ve given up on your cherished ambitions.
And you have yet to turn your life over to the One who can bring sunshine to your stormy days, who can take you from where you are to where you ought to be. Life is a cooperative endeavor; our Maker never meant for us to walk it alone. And without Him, your ultimate destination, that realm in which you will spend eternity, does not factor into your plans. Without Him, this is the best it’s ever going to get, the only heaven you’re ever going to know. For me, that just doesn’t cut it!
I no longer have access to a pulpit or a classroom, so I have dedicated my final years to writing. And that has produced its own dilemma. My audience, I am sure, would prefer stories of success when threatened with failure, sober alcoholics, revived marriages, and jail-house recovery. But I have one drive, one force in my life, and it’s about Him I prefer to write.
Jesus Christ has given my sunset years the glow of an early morning sun, and I want that to be your story as well. When the going gets rough, when honesty causes you to cringe in shame, when you are haunted by missed opportunities and failed endeavors, I want the story of my life to help you know you have lots of company and that God is available to turn your life around. He wants to give you, as He has given me, a bright new tomorrow. And it all begins with Jesus Christ.