I’m 72 years old and I’m writing a book for several reasons.
First of all and of least importance, my son is a book publisher. Secondly, my family thinks I should say sometime that might inform my grandchildren who I am and why I did what I did with my life. And lastly, because I just might have something to say that might be of interest to a reader or two.
This is not a philosophical book; but, there is philosophy in it.
It is not a book of history; but, it is based on fact.
It is a book that references a man’s life.
A competitor but not an athlete.
A man who is known by his family and friends; but, not a famous man.
He is not a wealthy man; but, he is loved and valued by his family and friends.
He is not an important man; but, he has a reputation that, though not perfect, can be inspected by family and friends without shame or fear of shame.
He is not a religious man; but in his redeemed spirit, soul and body, he can stand before his God and expect a “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)
To “live” or to “die”. The politician has an answer. The economist has an answer. The religionist has an answer. So did the Apostle Paul.
For the Apostle Paul, the answer is a radical commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. That’s not the World’s answer. But it is for a Christ follower.
This will not be a long book; but, prayerfully, it will explain how a man can agree with Paul in his Epistle of Joy…
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.” (Philippians 1:21-24)