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~ Life in a Drawer ~

Jim Keeling

Life in a Drawer

Greetings Little Flock,

I'd like to ask a favor of you all this morning. If you would please say a little prayer for my Connie girl. She was sick yesterday and in bed most of the day and wasn't able to go to church today. And she very rarely ever misses church. I guess she was trying to do a little too much this past week. We've had friends all week, off and on, working on the shed covering for our camper which kept her busy running for materials for the shed, cooking, and taking care of me while I was in bed some days this past week.

Yesterday they finished the shed and little 11 year old Buttons and 5 year old Kyle helped me wash my '74' Dodge 1Ton truck while everyone else worked on the shed. Emma came up and helped clean the windows and dash while we dried the truck. It sure was nice to get out and finally do a little something. I took the children and Panda Bear to the dairy dip and got them an ice cream cone and they sure did have a big time. Especially watching Panda Bear slobber all over the napkin when I bit off some ice cream and gave it to her. And they really giggled when Panda dropped the ice cream on my leg and made a sticky mess. Of course I egged it on just a little bit. (smile)

Oh yea, I took a different way home and told them I was lost and they sure got wound up over that. LOL And I spotted a friend in his drive way and stopped to ask directions to Allegre. I winked at Jeff when I ask him directions and he played right along with me and said he wasn't sure where Allegre was. Yes siree, we really had a time picking at Buttons and Kyle. I kept acting like I was lost but when Buttons saw the Allegre church sign, she knew where we were and guided me all the way home. I just acted lost until we got to our drive way. Sure was a fun time picking with the children.

And before Marvin and Naomi took Buttons and Kyle back home they got out the lawn mowers and mowed the grass for Connie. It was really high and Connie just hasn't been up to doing it so that was really sweet of them. Our preacher, Bro. Eddy, Delois, and the children came for a few minutes, after Marvin and family left, to visit. All in all it's been one busy week. Oh yea, before I forget, I'll try and send some pictures of everyone working on the shed and the children washing the truck, to you all this week sometime.

And one big reminder for you. This week is the 2nd week of Sept and the message, "If you could take one thing to Heaven, what would you take?" was aired this morning on WRMI New Jersey radio and will be again on Tuesday and 9:45amCT. Had some great answers so go to my web site and click the link. And It'll be on again Wednesday morning at 9am on the WEKT radio station here in Elkton. If you participated in that question, you can see or hear your name on the radio with your answer... It was fun.

Well enough about everything going on around the Bar-K-Ranch for now. Let’s get into our message for today. I believe you all are going to be blessed by this message and I pray you will read it all. I know today’s letter and message is a little long but I’m flying high on Jesus and couldn’t help myself. Well Glory! And now for;

‘Life is a Drawer’
James 4; 14
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Psalms 39; 1, 7
1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

You know I was looking thru the filing cabinet awhile back and reading some of my dad’s old sermons and other things I have saved since his going to be with the Lord in 1977. I ran across some of dad’s diplomas. Two were from the Pioneer Theological Seminary for his doctorates. One was The Doctor of Bible Philosophy and the other for Doctor of Divinity. As I looked into that filing cabinet and read some of dad’s sermons and studies it came to me that my dad’s life as a Presbyterian pastor and teacher of the Bible was in that drawer.

It amazed me that a person’s whole life was neatly tucked into one filing cabinet drawer. It is all that is left of his life as a pastor. Oh, the memories of him linger in the minds of those who knew him and I smile as I remember the fun times we all had when I was a boy growing up. And some of the revivals and the folks who were saved at those Holy Ghost filled meetings truly stir my heart. Seems like only yesterday…

Then it dawned on me! Dad was only 54 when he died and just this August I turned 68. My life’s vapour is coming to that point, as the scriptures say, and vanishing away. I guess in the hum drum of life we seldom have the time to ponder over our lives and what will be left in our "life’s drawer", don’t we? How did we measure up? What will our family and friends remember about us? What was our purpose and did we accomplish our God given purpose in this short life God has given to us. Our life in a drawer is a harsh reality isn’t it? As we look around us we come to realize that so many lives have come to naught. Just one generation and your whole life is forgotten. Sort of sad when put into that perspective especially in the worldly aspect of things… Unless that is, you have accomplished something for Christ and Our Heavenly Father…

Think on this! One day you and I are going to stand before God and in God’s drawer and filing cabinet; a folder with our name on it will be opened ( the Bible refers to them as books,
Rev. 20; 12; And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

And in;
Romans 14:8,12
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Note: At the Judgment Seat of Christ, vs.10, are the things we have done as a child of God, for our names will have been written in the Lambs Book of life, and will be revealed. And at that time we may receive our rewards; jewels for our crown; to present to Christ and lay at His feet… I’m afraid that the books opened for the unsaved standing before God at the Great White Throne Judgment will only reveal that the deeds the lost souls have none in the flesh, good or bad, were not counted to them for salvation and they will be cast into hell and the lake of fire…

The whole point of this is simply: What have you done for Christ since becoming a child of God? What kind of witness and soul winner have you been? Will folks remember you for the Godly and Christian deeds you have done? And here is a thought for you: That little boy or girl you tell the stories of Jesus too, that young teen ager or young mom or dad you witness too, and yes even that elderly lost person may, because of your leading them to the foot of the cross and saving blood of Jesus; they will spend eternity in Heaven because of your testimony and them becoming saved.

And just think; one these dear ones you have lead to the Lord may just turn out to be another Billy Graham, or Billy Sunday, or, and this is one of my favorites, a Jack Hyles… Or they may just become a little country preacher like that ole Jim Keeling. (smile) The point here is that thru your faithfulness in giving of yourself, your means, and in soul winning, you will have had a part in all that lineage of souls finding Christ because you took the time and effort to lead a lost soul to Jesus…

Well I guess all this is something to think about isn’t it? So I’ll just close with this; What’s in your "Life’s Drawer"? As you open it, are you pleased at the files inside or is there much room for additions and improvement? Just something for you, my little flock, to ponder over. And while you’re pondering I’ll ask that you remember that this ole preacher loves you and wants only the best for you and to see you be the child of God which would and will be pleasing to Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Well Glory!

May God Bless You,
Bro. Jim

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