9/20/17 – Pastor Brian’s Blog
We ended our summer ‘after church motorcycle rides’ this past Sunday. A number of us from the church drove our bikes over to Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine for some seafood delights. Judy had a lobster roll and I had fried clams and, I have to tell you: their fried clams, if not the best in the world, are at least the best that I have ever eaten!
If you are interested in checking Bob’s out on one of your road trips through New England here is their website…. https://www.bobsclamhut.com.
It really is amazing that Judy and I would even be at Bob’s with my church family in the first place. See, I believed that my motorcycle riding had ended some 40 years ago. I was driving my motorcycle to get a haircut when I hit the back end of a telephone truck. I hit the truck sideways with my bike, slid under the truck on my side, causing my bike to catch on fire because of the friction; I had tar embedded in my legs and a big bump on the head. I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and when Judy saw me, I looked like a mummy all wrapped up!
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that Judy convinced me that we needed a hobby and she wanted us to ride together on a motorcycle. So with fear and trepidation I bought a motorcycle from a friend, went to a class so that I could take the driving test, and realized that my motorcycle life had not ended at all.
This past weekend our church had a men’s retreat and we studied the book by Mark Batterson entitled “ALL IN.” A great read if you are looking to read a book that will challenge you in your walk with God.
In his book Mark tells the story of a missionary by the name of A. W. Milne, a missionary that went to serve God in New Hebrides located in the South Pacific. Milne left America knowing full well that the headhunters who lived in New Hebrides had martyred every missionary before him. Mr. Milne did not fear for his life, because he had already died to himself, he was ‘all in’ for God.
For thirty five years Milne lived among that tribe and loved them. When he died, tribe members buried him in the middle of their village and inscribed this epitaph on his tombstone, “When he came there was no light. When he left there was no darkness.”
Most things eventually come to an end; physical lives come to an end and I began to think, ‘What will people say about me?’ when my life comes to an end. Then I thought of Godly men and women that have gone on before me. Men like Enoch who made this memory for God…. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24
When the world had gotten so bad, so corrupt, and so evil that God wanted to end it, God said this about Noah… Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9
Many years after his life came to an end, James writes this about Abraham… “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. James 2:23
Long after King David’s reign ended Luke writes this…He (God) testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22
Even though their lives ended thousands of years ago, Moses’ parents are still known for their faith…. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. Hebrews 11:23
Although her life ended 34 years ago, Corrie Ten Boom is still remembered for her quote about her time in a Nazi prison camp when she said, “You do not know that God is all you need, until God is all you have.”
Or what about Jim Elliot whose life ended at the age of 29 in 1956 at the hands of Aucas Indians who said; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Or one of my former bosses Jack Wyrtzen, whose life ended 0n April 17, 1996, is known for living out what he preached…“I believe it is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.”
“THE END…” Lots of things come to an end but one day our lives will come to an end. What will people say about us? What impact will we have had in our world? What difference will we make? The answer to these questions will be determined by us. Joe Stowell said it well when he said, “We are what we are, not because of dreams we have, but because of choices we make.”
Remember Godly choices bring Godly results and Godly choices create Godly memories, not only for those people that come into our lives but more importantly they create Godly memories for God.