Looking Back and Gazing Forward

23 Jan

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Last week, I found a photo of my great grandfather, great grandmother, and several members of our family, including my dad, circa 1948. I thought that it would be good to share it with family on Facebook. It was an instant hit with a few of them. There were a couple of people in the photo who we weren’t sure who they were. My brother called our 2nd cousin, who lives in the same area in Texas as the photo, for help. He was able to help us out.

When my brother called me today to tell me, we began to talk about the days when we lived there in Texas. I was 14 years old. He was 12. At that time, in central Texas, around the small town of Gatesville, it was just like the movie “HUD”, with Paul Newman. Even though I didn’t like the character of HUD, I love the movie. It reminds me so much of those days.

I mean, where else could a boy of 14 drive regularly without a license? I worked at the livestock sale barn, which was the 2nd largest in the country at that time. They sold thousands of head of livestock every week. The sale lasted many times for 24 straight hours. And I was one of the few running them through the sale. We all worked for the whole 24 hours. I took the money that I made, and invested it in livestock of my own. From that point on I was on my way in this world. It’s unbelievable looking back. I can’t imagine my own children, or grandchildren doing this. I wouldn’t want for them to have to have done that. It was a different time, and a different place. It helped make me into the man that I am today. But it was fun looking back.

When I was 14, I was looking toward the future. And today I’m still looking toward the future. But today, I’m looking forward to something much grander. Now, I’m looking forward to Heaven. Not that I’m expecting to be there just real soon, unless The Lord returns again before I die. But James says that our life is as a vapor. We are here for awhile, and then we’re gone. Life is short at best. Abraham was also looking ahead, toward this same place, “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:10. This is where I’m looking forward to going. It will be beyond our wildest imaginations. The reason being, I will be with my Savior. I am looking forward to seeing the One I love. The One Who has done it all for me. How sweet it will be. Are you ready?


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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in A LA CARTE, Christianity


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