Echoes From the Campfire

I just kept hobbling along, never looking back because I knew the sight of how little I’d done would discourage me.  My eyes were on the trail ahead, as they’d always been.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (Passin’ Through)

    “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”
              –Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV)
I never laugh or made fun of older people.  Perhaps it was because I was raised by my Grandma and my Aunt.  They were hard workers, in fact, all of my parents and grandparents were.  I remember as they became older they were not quite a spry as they once were.  But they continued to work, in one capacity or another, none of them ever became what you would call bedfast.
    I mentioned the past yesterday, and said how important it was, but that we were not to live in it.  One reason is that when we dwelt in the past we would see and realize how much we didn’t accomplish.  Those dreams–what happened to them?  Were you able to fulfill them or where they like the clouds, only a vapor?  Often looking at the past puts us in a rocking chair, twiddling our thumbs, and living in remorse.
    Look ahead, the goal is still before you.  Heaven awaits, now is not the time to stop and live in the past, but now is the time to continue forward, even if you have to hobble.  The way may be rough, the obstacles many, but a person continued to take a step at a time–steps that are ordered by God, mind you.
    You may have noticed that I used quotations from Louis L’Amour’s book, “Passin’ Through,” the past couple of days.  When I get back to Texas, I’m going to pull it from my bookshelf and read it again.  The title itself presents a lot of truth.  Truly, we are just passin’ through this world.  All of us, pagans and saints, the nonbeliever and the believer will one day come to the end of the road, end of life.  After death comes the judgment–for all.  Nonbelievers will be judged for not accepting Jesus Christ; believers will be judged for their works, how they walked the trail since accepting Jesus.