100_0822More than sixty years ago, my name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. One stormy night after returning from church, I was  awaken in the middle of the night and I knew that I needed to accept Christ as my Savior or I was going to spend eternity in hell.

God put me in a Christian family of eight where we would read through the Bible every year.  It was a family where the children knew that their parents loved each other and that they trusted God for their daily needs. We were not a wealthy family by the world’s standard, but God provided everything we needed.

Every day I spent some time studying God’s instruction manual, His travel plan for my life.  Some days, I made a choice to live it my way and some days I  made the choice to live it God’s way. What I learned was that the result was always much brighter when I did it His way.

His plan included my living in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Viet Nam, Georgia, Kansas, and Tennessee. And my spiritual training came from home, churches of various denomination to include IFC, Orthodox Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Wesleyan, and Mennonite.  It came from  Sunday schools, Bible studies and from trying to do things my way.

My elementary training started in a one room school-house called Moore School, and a second one room school-house called Midway School. My high school training was in a small high school in Colman, South Dakota. My primary college training came from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota; Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska; Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas; East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee; and Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

The skills he gave me include, teaching, farming, building, drawing, and construction skills; piano playing, organ playing, and singing skills; sales skills, computer skills, administrative and leader skills. God gave me every skill that I needed to fulfill his plan for my life. Never once did he give me an assignment without providing the tools needed to complete the assignment.

The reality is that I am no different from you. God loves you as much as He loves me. He has promised you that when you trust him, all the wealth of the universe is at your disposal, just as it has been at my disposal when I trusted Him. You are one of his creations. You are one of the people who God gave His Son to be the sacrifice for your sins. God has a plan for you and he will show you the plans one day at a time as you put your faith and trust in Him.

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