I was born in Goose Creek, Texas — later to be named Baytown.
I was christened as a baby and dedicated to the Lord by my parents, John and Velma Meekins. I literally was raised to never miss church. In my childhood days, there were three things that I could always count on. One was that we blessed the food before each meal. Secondly, we would pray the Lord’s Prayer before going to sleep. Thirdly, we would sit on the second row on the right hand side of the church every Sunday.
You could count on it.
I have to admit that things went very well for me until I was old enough to leave home. Having my share of a little fame and fortune at a young age, I strayed away from the teachings of the Bible, my parents, and the divine direction of the Lord.
My mother and Jesus were right; I could not get away from my childhood training. The things that I did wrong were never God’s fault, nor my parent’s fault; they were only my fault. Thank God for a forgiving Savior and loving parents.
There are many things in life that we don’t get to choose, but that one all-important choice of saying, “Yes” to Jesus, is the ultimate decision in our life. I made a grand decision 40 years ago that I was going to follow Jesus. I made that decision, not only for me, but I made it for my whole household. As Joshua 24:15 states, “Choose ye this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Like my parents, I trained my children in the ways of the Lord. Also, like my parents, I didn’t spare the rod!
As I look back over the years, I’m very grateful to my parents for their nurturing and provision. As I look forward with hopeful imagination, I’m very expectant that my golden years will be the very best years of my life. As I look around, I see that there are many needs in people’s lives to help fulfill. Lord, if You can use anyone, You can use me. As I keep looking up, I know my redemption draws near. It seems apparent through the signs of the times that Jesus is coming again very soon.
Usually, on a person’s birthday, they are receiving gifts, but on my birthday, I choose to give you some threads of wisdom. This is my gift to you!
There are two days in our lifetime on which we should never fret and worry. These two days should always be kept free from fear and liberate us from all stress, worry, apprehension and anxiety. One of these days is named yesterday, with all its mistakes and life lessons. I’ve often said, “There is a life in which we learn to live, and then there is a life we live after we learn.” I prefer the latter, don’t you?
Allow the past pain of earlier years to be a continual reminder to stay away from those pathways that lead only to hurt, pain, sorrow, and eventually, destruction. Yesterday is dead and gone. Let’s do our best to erase all past heartaches and heartbreaks only to remember the goodness of those ancient days.
There is only one thing you can do about past regrets, and that is to ask God’s forgiveness. There is only one thing you can do about past triumphs, and that is to ask God for strength for another overcoming victory.
The other day in our life that we should never worry about is a day called tomorrow. Worry will not change one thing. We need to learn to replace our worry with prayer. Remember, the prayer of faith accomplishes much. Learn to live our life as one long prayer, yet also learn to put hands and feet to those heartfelt prayers.
Pray often, forgive everyone, love always, humbling yourself under the hand of an almighty God, and your tomorrow will be bright and your future will be a never-ending song of love.
Lord, teach us to take one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread. Today is the day of salvation. Yesterday is behind us, and tomorrow may never come.
May the sun shine on our lives, every moment of every hour of every day.
One day at a time, sweet Jesus.