GOLDEN CORNER

Many of you remember Gene Calvert, a longtime member at College Street who died a few years ago. Gene was a hard worker, especially in the jail ministry, but sometimes he could drive a person out of his mind. Gene lived in Indian Hills. I was at his house one day, and he took me to his office. Taking one look at his desk, I said to self, that's the worst looking desk I've ever seen. How could anyone do any work at that desk? Clutter everywhere! I looked at my desk this week, and instantly Gene Calvert's desk flashed to my mind. Guess what I've been doing. You're right-cleaning my desk. Most of the stuff (I'd say about seventy-five percent) belonged in the trash. How easily stuff can accumulate! Where am I headed with all this desk stuff? From time to time daily we should give our lives and our minds a good cleaning. Get rid of anything that would hinder our "running with endurance the race that is set before us." (Hebrews 12:2) "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice." (Ephesians 4:31) "Therefore laying aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisy, envy and evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." (I Peter 2:1,2) When I finish the desk, I hope to start on those file cabinets, garage, shop, closets, you name it. Makes me tired just thinking about it!