I highly recommend that every good person with a heart on fire for Jesus, get 'The Daily Jot' in their own mail boxes soon! I am at that age when I am seeing too many of my old friends die [too young], and many from the rigors of war, including Agent Orange, etc. At the very least, I wish to leave some good things behind. That has always been my goal -- to contribute something to society and my loved ones.
I just mailed a snail mail letter, hand written, to my oldest daughter in Milwaukee, who is also "too busy" in this rat race, to phone, email, talk to her old Daddy, asking her to meet us someday soon for dinner and talk/ visit. But this very thing was mentioned in the Bible --in the Last Days, Matthew 24, and Timothy, where there would come a time where natural affection, love, and human kindness would slip away.... I call my own Mom in a different State almost every day, and also drive the long distance every few months to visit her, and buy her some groceries, etc. But we lived in a different, kinder, gentler era... LOL. Sure, we all had good times and bad times, but a mature person learns how to forget the bad and cling to the good stuff !! And when I compare my own life with others -- it wasn't so bad at all. My mother says that I had a very rough and pain filled life, and that I should just take it EZ and enjoy the time I have left... and I do!
When I was young, I was inspired by good teachers and books, and dreamt of high adventure with lots of action..... and I did it all !!! But when a person is super active, he is bound to stub his toes a few times, and hopefully learns from his mistakes. I wish I could have learned the easy way without breaking so many bones, and motorcycles, etc. I never use the term "Lucky" -- but I do use the correct term, "Blessed." For some reason, the Great God of the KJV Bible LOVED ME A LOT, and always protected me from death, even in combat, even as I jumped and volunteered from one hot spot to another! It's just incredible as I look back -- and lay in bed at night thanking the Lord for my bounty, and life, but most of all the privilege of finding Him before it was too late, and making a strong promise to follow His Son, Jesus Christ, forever.
Just like the last Chapter and verse of Eccl. that Solomon wrote --- about the sum total of man's responsibilities in life.... "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." ~Ecclesiastes 12: 13 and 14. My 40 plus years of intensive Bible study were NOT in vain, and I still don't know enough, IMHO ! ! But that doesn't mean a person can't be Saved after a brief hour of Gospel explanation of the pure Truth that leads to heaven ! If their heart is so inclined, a smart, wise person will 'see the light' and seize the day by joining the Army of God, and then start getting to know the Lord, thru serious Bible study. And I can truthfully say: That if a person like me, a sinner, can reach out and find the Lord, with all my imperfections, anyone can, who has the desire. That is my personal opinion.
I am going to get a haircut today, later, and maybe cut off my beard ! We shall see what kind of mood I am in latter.
Tommy Schuckman ---November 1st, 2013.