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Evidence left behind

It was probably late November, somewhere in the 1950s, when cousin Elverta, my brother Doug and I had plans to go back to the mountain ridge behind the house to the camprock at the “Nars” of the mountain.

It was about a mile back there and much of the road was really steep. We gave some thought to the matter because we knew the temperature would probably drop into the teens.

Boys in their teens, like us, had healthy appetites. About the only thing available to us was potatoes – after all we grew them by the bushels.

We had to plan on building a fire because the whole front of the cliff was open. At least, though, the top of the ridge would protect us from the west wind. Wood was all around us. Leaves would do to get the fire started. We made sure we had matches, water and quilts.

We gathered dry leaves from under the cliffs and made us a bed. Little did we realize that water ran under that cliff. We didn’t worry about pajamas. We never wore them anyway. We slept with our clothes and shoes on.

We settled in for the night. I used my head and got in the middle. Along about daybreak I woke up miserable. I immediately awakened Doug and Ebb and said, “Boys, get some charcoal and write our names on the ceiling of the cliff and the date that we died because we will never make it off this mountain.”

I believe Doug wrote, “Wayne, Doug and Ebb Blair died here November 1954.”

What evidence do we leave behind in this life? Have we left evidence behind that would show people that we practiced Christianity?

Did we show what the Bereans did in Acts 17:11, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Acts 19:12-20 tells us that many confessed their sins, even evil deeds. Revelations 3:4 also tells us that there were some in Sardis that walked dressed in white. Their clothes were not soiled.

In the twilight years of my life, I want people to remember that I told a few stories. However, I want people to remember that my main message was “follow Jesus.”

Wayne Blair is the minister of Chester Community Church and wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.