It’s time for a heart-to-heart, and I begin with this question: where am I going, or perhaps more importantly, why do I write?
As yesterday’s preacher, I am, for one thing, a shepherd that’s been put out to pasture. The world, I have been told, has passed me by. I still believe the Bible is God’s Word – every word of it. I still believe Jesus was divine, that He truly died and truly arose from the dead. I still believe that unless you have consciously invited Jesus Christ to forgive you of sin and invited Him to be the Lord of your life, heaven is out of the question.
So where does all of this leave me? I get the feeling it threatens to leave me without an audience! Let’s face it: the typical American has little interest in anything I have to say and the Christian community has heard it all. Unless I am novel, controversial, powerful or popular few are those who care what I have to say!
My discovery has been that I generate little interest unless I am especially brilliant … or I do something stupid! I am unable to do the one, and certainly have no interest in doing the latter. So how do I create an audience; how do I get your attention?
I have been around for almost eighty years, and during those years, there’s been “a whole lot of livin’ going on!” I have earned a Master’s degree, founded a church, been a real estate counselor, sold insurance, driven an 18-wheeler for fourteen years, and retired with both my sanity and my health! Life has been tough. I have hit “rock bottom” but I have also climbed the mountain.
In the process, I have developed a positive outlook on life, recaptured my drive to do something significant, rekindled the fire in my marriage, and developed a viable relationship with Jesus Christ. Surely that gives me the right to sound off.
But if no one is listening, I am left with only two alternatives. Either I must learn my audience – and address their needs and interests – or fold the operation. If this is only a feel-good exercise, an ego-trip to satisfy my pride, then it deserves a quiet demise.
If, however, we can learn from our mistakes, discover the power to change, and rise to respectability and success, then I do have something to say, and perhaps deserve your attention. If there is such a thing as truth, if there is life after death, if there is a God Who has designed a plan to make eternity a reality for each of us … then I must not surrender to defeat!
So that’s it. From my heart to your heart, I have shared my thoughts … and, frankly, must decide where I go from here. I will promise you this: I will address the issues you face. I will journey with you … through marriage, parenting, and surviving in our dog-eat-dog society. I shall share insights on building a sound character and becoming a person deserving of respect. We shall journey through the valley … but we shall also sit in the sunshine … and see that life can be great, no matter what the circumstances.
That’s my heart to heart. You have my heart … I trust in time, I will have yours as well.
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