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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

THE OLD BARN IS BEAUTIFUL

THIS OLD BARN STILL LOOKS RATHER GOOD
THIS OLD BARN NEAR MY HOUSE IS NOT IN USE AND A BIT RUN DOWN
THE OLD BARNS ARE SOMETIMES BEAUTIFUL

I have always liked to look at old barns, in my youth, I spend a lot of time while visiting my grandpa and grandma Greene in Bakersville NC. I would get out of the car, chase a few chickens that was wondering in the yard, and had to the barn that was just down the path from the house. That's was some very good memories for me.



I didn't write this next part, but its so true.


A stranger came by the other day with an offer that set me to thinking. He wanted to buy the old barn that sits out by the highway.


I told him right off he was crazy. He was a city type, you could tell by his clothes, his car, his hands, and the way he talked.


He said he was driving by and saw that beautiful barn sitting out in the tall grass and wanted to know if it was for sale.


I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. Sure, it was a handsome building in its day.


But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind.


The summer sun's beat down on that old barn till all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray.


Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.


That set me to thinking.


I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn.


The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road.

He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.

It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us.


Sure we turn silver gray too... and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap.

But the Good Lord knows what He's doing.
And as the years pass He's busy using the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce.
And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy! They took the old barn down today and hauled it away to beautify a rich man's house.


And I reckon someday you and I'll be hauled off to Heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the Great Sky Ranch.


And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been through here... and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house.


Pray there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
And... I do sincerely Thank God for my wonderful friends and family who love me even though I show signs of weathering.