Echoes From the Campfire

They sat together, talking very little, enjoying the night, the rest, and the food as well as the smell of wood-smoke and coffee.”
–Louis L’Amour (The Californios)

“For the believing wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the believing husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy.”
–1 Corinthians 7:14 (NLT)
I’m not one to mark holidays or special occasions. If warranted I’ll remember. A good case in point is that I cannot give a date when Annie and I started dating. It was either the end of January or the first of February. I don’t reckon she was stalking me, but we kept running into each other so I figured it was divine Providence that I ask her out. I remember that first date: bowling, pizza, and then the possible fatal mistake–I started to take her back to her dorm an hour early. Dummy. I had no more money, nor a way to go somewhere to go and spend it. Instead we took a walk around the neighborhood. However, need I say more? The rest is history. I saw her every day, save three the rest of the semester and then the drought of summer.
I said all of that to say this–it was 48 years ago, that’s almost a half-century! In the ensuing years we have traveled many a mile, enjoyed many a night, tasted food of different variety, and to tell the truth I’ve found very little that can compare to hers. There have been numerous campfires and oh, my, who knows have many gallons of coffee we’ve drunk together.
Maybe I should, before getting too senile, write a few things down that I remember. It won’t be the dates, but the events are vivid.
Ponder This: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.” (Proverbs 18:10-11)
Why do people pay so close attention to Wall Street? Are they really concerned about the security of the nation as much as they are their own personal wealth? What about retirement? How much have you stashed away for that day, that may never come for you? Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t plan and prepare, but where is your security?
This is a good picture of the difference between the spiritual person and the natural person. What is the real world? Think on that. It depends on whether or not a person has a spiritual perspective. The natural man spends energy storing up for the future. His wealth and confidence is in tangible things. The righteous run to the Lord; their confidence is in Him.
Are you righteous? Then what world do you live in? What world do you long for? The spiritual person accepts the Lord by faith, and his faith proves to him both the unseen and the future reign of his Savior. He longs for another world wherein dwells righteousness.