A 59 Year Old Photo

I was born 59 years ago right here in Thomasville, NC, June 23rd 1959, to John Woodard Carter Senior and Mary Louise Carter. But Mama only wanted to be called Louise. She didn’t like her first name. My father was a man of strength honor and character. My mother was a woman of true godliness and incredible compassion. I thank God for the parents that brought me into this world and gave me such a good foundation. My sister was Detra Carol Carter. She died in 2005. For most of our lives together, she was my best friend I am so thankful for my sister who was an author, artist, inspirational genius and most especially a partner in the Walk of faith during the last years of her life. I’m so glad that my sister and I got to share so much in this path of life. My brother is John Woodard Carter jr. He was a hero of mine when I was little. Although the years have seen us fight a whole lot. The older we get, the closer we get. And the more we both realize we are somewhat like our father. I’m glad to be alive. Even though I’ve been through a lot, and come close to death quite a few times. And even put myself through a whole lot. Still, as I look back over the course of my life I have had an awesome, meaningful, adventurous and fulfilling life. But honestly there have been seasons of Challenge and pain that were so difficult, that I don’t know how I lived through them. My whole life since I was a little boy I knew I was called to be a minister. I literally had heavenly vision as a little boy. It made me aware of this call at a very young age. And today I am able to fulfill this most important mission. I love life. I’m easily the busiest guy I know. Between selling cars about 50 hours a week, teaching karate continuously and being a Pastor. Plus being an Outdoorsman, Gardner, Writer, author and speaker. I don’t have much down time. But I don’t want much. I’m not a TV Watcher. For me that’s wasting time. I try to invest just about every minute of my life doing something constructive. I think I am truly one of the most fulfilled people on the planet. My life has turned in to a daily knowing of such joy in Christ that it is truly indescribable. I know it’s not fair to expect from others what I expect from myself. Because I have literally had a heavenly vision and have seen The burning bush, that burns but is never consumed. I hope to live as long as I possibly can, And do as much as I can for Christ’s Kingdom. And to be a blessing to my fellow-man and humanity. I have become truly tireless in this mission. I know I could face more problems and Trauma, in my remaining life. But I know because of the amazing depth of genuine life in Christ, I do not have to fear anything I face. Furthermore, I have been given a taste of the life hereafter. So in that moment when I depart, I can leave this life with the same Joy of a boy jumping into a swimming pool, on a summer day. So it is with joy that I say that I’ve already been given my birthday present from God, who helps me start each day in prayer and end each day the same way. I repeat and feel the words of that wonderful Godly man we lost last year, Billy Graham. “If I should ever be reported to die, don’t believe it. Because I’m more wonderfully alive than I ever was and in the presence of my heavenly Father.” So I will work a full day on this 59th birthday of my life. And then I will take off Drive to the beach tonight. Get there very late and get up and go deep-sea fishing tomorrow morning. So this day like every other day in my life will be very busy. But I wanted to take this moment to tell all of my friends that I love you. I don’t want you to wonder when I’m gone from here. I want to tell you now. I pray that this day your life maybe filled with a taste of the joy and happiness that I have found, in this life. God bless you! Slam-

About timothygrantcarter

Author, Trainer, Pastor, Spiritual Coach, Inspirational Speaker, 12 step follower Thinker, Entrepreneur, Outdoorsman, Hunter, Fisherman, Gardener, and Shotokan YonDan (5th degree black belt). Visionary; Maker of original sayings, slogans and giver of spiritual help. "If God has a pulse, then I can feel it." Nicknamed "Slam" / Creator of #Slamism ... 's on Twitter @cccdynapro
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