Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Last pair of Slippers

John and Joan Stone are a very special couple. He and his wife have raised three daughters, many grandchildren and others who will say they've had a great impact in their lives. Most people at their age are sitting back taking it easy, but not them. They're are many things I could say but I'll just share with you a little story that to me describes John very well. We had spent the last few days working hard to prepare for a new class of students to begin studies with STAMP. Stamp {Short Term Australian Missions Program} being a bible training missionary program for 18-25 year olds. We were over at their home and having just finished an awesome meal prepared by Joan. She is an amazing cook. These words I'm about to share sank deep within me. It was late, we were tired and I believe they even had a student staying with them at this point. Before we left for the evening we stood to reflect on the weeks work and pray over all the efforts. John looked down at his feet and said I've bought my last pare of slippers. Then he saw the hole in the toe and said, "well maybe ill buy one more pair". Not much was said about the comment. Another thing about John is he's a high speed person and talks even faster. So the conversation moved right along. I can't tell you what else was talked about after that statement, because my thoughts lingered over the slippers. All I could think about was how do you live a life into your 80's this "Full On" for the Lord? 
       2 Tim 4:6-8 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, (I have bought my last pair of slippers), I have kept the faith. Therefore is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
 (Paul has come to the end right? Wait you may think Paul is wrapping it up, but read on)
 2 Tim. 4:13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas.
 Was he preparing for a long winter? Wanting his cloak might indicate he wasn't quite finished. I know John, and being poured out was his life. He uses every bit of life every day. We should all live poured out as if we've bought our last pare of slippers. Then be ready to buy another pair to get the job done. Will we be able to say in the end, "It is finished" I've fought the good fight, and before we take our last breath? Maybe will look around and see there is more to be done. Be ready to buy new slippers.

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