EVERYONE HAS A STORY. THERE ARE GIVERS AND THERE ARE TAKERS, the gave-uppers and the overcomers. There are those who suffered great tragedy, those who committed great sin, but through their tears and broken hearts they held on just one more hour.
God told Moses to lead, but he was a stutterer and had killed a guy.
David was just a kid when he became a hero. But as king he let his hormones get the best of him and had the husband of the object of his affection killed.
Hosea the prophet happened to marry a prostitute.
Peter cut a guy’s ear off.
Paul went around killing Christians.
O, BUT THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO and in the Bible to boot, you say. Nevertheless, that was their story. What’s your’s?
I’M NOT FREE TO REVEAL a name, but I know of a prince-of-a-man, [Dallas Baggett] friend of my dad, who was born of a prostitute under a bridge in the early 1900s before there was a system in place to take care of him. Some Christian people, members of a little clapboard church found him when he was 6 years of age, and took him to Sunday School. He gave his heart to Christ. They nurtured him along the way. He grew up, went to a Christian college with no money, could not pay tuition, and slept on the lawn for three days. The college authorities had compassion, gave him a job as a plumber; he graduated and became a leader in his church denomination. So what is your story?
A CONFUSED MAN stumbled into our little church located on a dirt road in a rather poor part of town. We gave him a job at $5.00 per week helping to clean the church. He couldn’t read or write. He came forward to accept Christ as his personal Savior. With him, he brought his two little daughters or maybe they brought him. What a sight that was; kneeling in front with his little 7 year old daughters as they hugged him, all three with tears streaming down their cheeks. They lived in a little house built with soda pop signs picked up along the dirt road. The floors were swept clean – made not with hardwood, but dirt. The first time I visited them the little girls were sweeping the dirt floor with weeds. It was clean as a pin. I saw them grow and learn as they came to church, hair combed and clean, excited to learn more about Jesus. That’s their story. What’s your’s?
“Keep holding on, just one more hour
May bring to thee the promised pow’r;
Keep holding on, thy Lord doth care,
He’ll not forget to answer prayer.
“Keep holding on, keep holding on,
The victory will soon be won;
The longest day will soon be gone,
Keep holding on, keep holding on.
“Keep holding on, Christ knows thy need,
He doth the hungry sparrows feed;
Keep holding on, He’ll hear thy cry,
Thy Lord is watching from on high.”
(William C. Poole)
“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.”