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A Remarkable Journey

My son, never forget the things I've taught you. If you want a long and satisfying life, closely follow my instructions. Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don't ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

Proverbs 3:1-6 (TLB)

Charles Johnson lives in North Carolina. On a September evening in 1967, he was camping on the side of an extinct volcano on the island of Rishiri, near the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. The sky was blue-black and the stars brighter than imaginable. As Charles admired the beauty of God's handiwork, he began thinking about his life. Soon he would be 21. Where would I be decades from now? What would I be doing?

Now, 54 years have passed. Several years ago, Charles realized that his questions that evening on Mount Rishiri, and all those questions he had had about life in those early adult years, had been answered.

The verses quoted above were written in the front of a small Bible his girlfriend (now his wife of 55 years) gave him as he entered the US Air Force. While those words meant much to him in his early years, they mean even more to Charles now in the autumn of life.

Looking forward toward the future, Charles has only a few simple questions remaining in comparison to those early years. Yet one thing Charles knows for certain: by trusting his Creator, living the way of Christ, and being surrounded by his Christian family and friends, his remaining questions will be answered by a faithful God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your guidance as we make our way through life. We trust you to direct our steps on this remarkable journey, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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