The Good Old Days

John DeJong

READ : Job 29:1-25

Looking back with Job we can learn lessons that will help us plan for good memories. First, God must have a big part in our lives. He says, “God watched over me.” “God was an adviser in my tent.” “The Almighty was with me.” God made his lamp shine on my head when I walked through the dark in his light.”

Secondly, Job could honestly, yet humbly remember his good deeds, saying, “I was eyes for the blind person, I was feet for the lame person, I was father to the needy.”

The third is that he looked forward to a long, active and fruitful life. He said, “I will make my days numerous and my power will be fresh every day and the bow in my hand will remain new.”

I recall my “good old days.” Childhood days in South Dakota along the shores of the “Old Missouri,” fishing for bullheads with cane poles. Teenage years with half a dozen great buddies. Six hard but wonderful years preparing for ministry while raising a family. Four decades serving in some of the greatest churches in America with the finest people on the planet. A dual career in ministry and business. A new ministry beginning at fifty-nine…. The future is filled with memories still to be made. I plan to make the very best memories in whatever additional years God Looking back with Job we can learn lessons that will help us plan for good memories. First, God must have a big part in our lives. He says, “God watched over me.” “God was an adviser in my tent.” “The Almighty was with me.” God made his lamp shine on my head when I walked through the dark in his light.”

PRAYER

Father, teach us to give You first place in our lives and to cherish each person and event as a gift from You. In Christ. Amen.