September 1. Can you believe it? It sure seems like we’ve missed out on an entire year! I’d like to say it has been the worst year of my life, but I can’t honestly do that. 2007 wins that contest hands down. It doesn’t even come in second. Or third. Being stuck in a house can’t compare to tragedy and grief striking your family with a vengeance. Of course, many have suffered that also this year, and for you, I extend my sincere condolences. It turns out several in our family actually have had Covid, but it was nothing severe for them than a mild cold. They didn’t even tell anyone until afterwards.
Tomorrow is my son’s 44th birthday, so I’d like to wish him a happy birthday! God bless you, Kevin Pollard! You were a great kid, drove us absolutely berserk as a teenager, and have turned into a sweet, kind, wonderful man as an adult. So proud of you! May your journey continue long and prosperous, but most of all, may you become all the dear Lord intends you to be! Love you, Sweetheart!
Also have a couple of grandchildren celebrating birthdays this week. Congratulations, Raymond Insley V, Rebecca Insley, and Noah Pollard. Love you all, and I wish that same blessing on each one of you, as well as all my grandchildren. I know you guys don’t really realize it yet, but getting older is a blessing. It’s one that comes with a lot of struggles though.
There will be great years where everything is wonderful. You may marry, find your dream job that brings you joy and satisfaction, travel to an exotic place that simply takes your breath away, or have children that make your heart sing with happiness that makes you giggle like you were a young child yourself again.
There may be hard years that may strain your muscles with sweat, or your mind with worry, but those may be the ones you look back on with the most pleasure in your accomplishments. The lean, hard years are the ones God uses to teach us endurance and patience for the trials to come.
Because there will be trials! It seems like the closer we try to draw to Christ, the fiercer the trials become. The years we spend in God’s refining fire are the most difficult ones we will ever experience. If your life’s too easy, you’d better question whether you even know Him! Satan doesn’t bother those who aren’t any threat to his kingdom. But this life isn’t the end! This life only serves as preparation for the next one. So, my one desire for those I love is that you’re prepared. Don’t be worried about storing up treasure on this earth. Look around you. Nothing’s safe on this earth anyway. It’s all coming to an end, and it sure looks like it’s sooner, rather than later. Rather, store up treasures in heaven. You’ll never regret those years if you pass through the fires unscathed.
God bless you, everyone! If you’re reading this, you’re also one of those I love and address this message to!