I got a call on Monday from an old fiend I went to High School with back in the late seventies. I graduated in 1977. One of the last times I saw Jay he was strung out on drugs. Most of us were in the seventies. I had found Jesus and was serving as a 21 year old pastor in a church. I was having a tough time because I kept bringing people of different races and people like Jay, who used a few drugs, to church and the folks were sort of hacked off about me ruining their country club. Anyway, that's another story for another time. I took care of Jay one weekend and took him to rehab at the first of the week...I think Jay was in and out of rehab, jail, prison, etc. for the next few years.
When he called on Monday I knew he was doing good. I could hear it in his voice. Turns out he has been sober since 1997! Four years ago he and his dad reconciled. A Big deal - Jay had not had a relationship with his dad since High School. Jay is attending a new church plant that is running over 600 people (after two years) and working with at-risk teens.
If that's not good enough, he has a Harley Night Train...I can't wait to go riding with him. God is good...never give up...and I can't wait to get to heaven and see a whole lot of Jay's I don't know about or have forgotten along the way....keep living the Jesus way!
PS. Did I say their will be Harley's in heaven? I wonder what kind Jesus will drive...cruiser or touring?