A Great Call
A great friend, Larry Walker, sent this to me.
“A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son: ‘You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then, we’ll talk about the car.’ The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer, and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, ‘Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.’ The boy said, ‘You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair…and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.’ You’re going to love the Dad’s reply: ‘Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?’”
Only a father, or a son with a strong father, can relate to this story. Larry used to coach the great La Marque football teams of the mid 90’s. He’s been in many state Championship games and even won some. But his greatest battle to date was with a kidney that became stubborn and wouldn’t submit to real good coaching!
He needed a new kidney, a replacement or a sub as we used to call them. He found one in an unusual place…a girl. Not just any girl – his own daughter. Larry raised his daughter, Kristen, to be solid in her Christianity. Solid in her understanding of sacrifice. ( I know this because of the fruit of her life.) There were times, when she was small and did not understand, that Kristen didn’t agree with her dad. Nevertheless, Larry maintained his standards of truth based on the Word of God. For that, he received a great daughter who in the moment of greatness chose correctly.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NlT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
The Bible has a purpose and it helps us to know or see when we are wrong. We don’t like to hear that we are wrong, but the Bible is right. When used to raise children – natural or spiritual – it produces champions that will rise to the occasion and do the right thing. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Congratulations to Larry, who now has a new kidney. Aside from the occasional urge for a glass of pink lemonade, all is good.
Great call Larry, well done Kristen.
Join us at PowerHouse Christian Center in Katy for our series on 1 Timothy – this Sunday at 9am or 11am.
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