If my father was alive today he would be 105 years old! Dad was a righteous and godly man. He loved the Lord, and he feared Him. He taught his family to do the same.
Dad said when he was a boy that one of the men in his church would choose a specific young boy to mentor and teach the ways of the Lord. An older man shadowed the lad and talked with him often about the Bible, teaching Scripture to memory.
Dad said that because of the man who led him he followed closely in the steps of Jesus and he reflected often about the man who helped him in his walk with Christ. He said, "Every time I was faced with choices in life, I would remember Oliver and the choices Oliver had made." Oliver chose to work and work hard. Oliver chose to put God first in his life, and his wife and family second. Oliver made the most important choice any of us can make; he chose to be a "Fisher of men...."
One day I will see Oliver in heaven and I will thank him for caring so much about my father's spiritual health and well being. The efforts of one man who loved the Lord in a special way affected the lives of numerous families. Praise The Dear Sweet Lord! amen
Maybe 100 years ago it was easier for men to go about the work of the Lord? I mean, every day working class Joe .... he cared enough to set aside time for mentoring a new disciple in Christ. Maybe he was a coach? Maybe, a Scout Leader? Maybe he chose to tag along with a couple of teen age boys instead of watching the Colts play?
We need to see to their salvation, but we need to be there after. Having a hand to hold as we all work out our own salvation is truly the best way to go ..... and to learn. PTL
Thank you, Oliver! I can just see now God blessing you in ways we cannot even image!
See you soon!