I guess I really am a strange duck. No, I know I’m a strange duck. I love to preach, teach and help other people come to know the real and living God. I love to fish. I love to hunt. I love to Garden. I love to be a man of the Earth. I love to teach karate and do it for free. I love to learn. I love people of all Persuasions and backgrounds and interests. I learn from them all.
To think that my life was just about completely destroyed by things out of my control, and by abuses of my own design. And now to see that my life is so full of Liberation, joy, happiness, peace, and well-being, even in the midst of Trials and normal problems. I have so much to be thankful for. That I can scarcely scratch the surface of my gratitude list, to know where to begin.
I almost never watch TV. I have too many constructive things to do. I love to serve, help, assist and strengthen others. It is probably my biggest pastime and steadiest pursuit in my life, anymore.
You would think that a life of service would bring discouragement. Far from it, I feel the most liberated & happy that I ever have in my whole life. Yes I get tired and yes there’s times when I feel bad. But through it all it’s like there’s a light that radiates so strongly, that every difficulty seems overshadowed by satisfaction and a joy of true meaning and purpose.
I feel like I was born to do what I’m doing now. And that even though my mother and father aren’t here, somehow they would be pleased and proud of the heart that I now have and the life that I now live, by the grace of God.
Not too long ago, I met the wonderful man of God that started the little church where I now preach. He is in his nineties in failing health. but I could still sense in him the satisfaction & joy of a life will lived. I pray if I live as long as this good Godly Man Barney Pierce, that I might have that same Joy of a faithful servant. And if I don’t live that long may I die trying with all my heart to be God’s faithful servant.
When I was younger, I wondered if there was a deeper life than most seem to experience, to be found in Union with God. It is such a sweet thing, to know that this hope has turned into a reality.
So I may be a strange duck. But so be it. God help me complete the course…..
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:”
Numbers 6:24-25 KJV