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Where No Wall Is Too Tall (1 of 10)
Series: A Life Worth Living
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles this morning and be finding your place at the Old Testament book of Joshua if you will. I want to begin a new series of studies today on what it really means to live a life that's worth living.
ILLUS: When I was in high school and the first part of college, I worked during the summers at the University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in Milan, TN. We'd spend the first half of the summer working ourselves to death chopping corn and cotton, hauling hay, spraying weeds and driving tractors and the second half of the summer sleeping in an old custom Chevy pickup truck under the shade trees in the back forty.
I'll never forget the lessons that I learned those summers – hard work, discipline, responsibility, and the everyday wisdom of men who had done this kind of work all of their life and would spend the rest of their life doing the same kind of work.
One afternoon when we were all back at the shop, dead tired from working in 100 degree heat and 100% humidity, William Morgan, a red-headed farmhand in his late thirties-early forties who looked twenty years older than he was, was sitting back in his chair chewing on a toothpick giving me his views on the world and life in general. Now, I can't repeat most of what he said from this pulpit or out of it for that matter, but one thing he said that had always stuck in my mind – I've remembered it for years was this statement. He was telling me how important it was for me to get an education and get out of this job. He was telling me how as long as I worked for somebody else I was just going to barely makes ends meet and then he said, "So many people spend 60 or 70 years breathing without ever really living."
That's a profound statement coming from a man who probably didn't even have a high school diploma – "So many people spend 60 or 70 years breathing without ever really ...
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