Wednesday, May 13 2020
"And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry." ' Luke 12:19
Whistle, my friend and running buddy was quite a character, and was up for anything as he would say to us, "Let's get it!" He called me Mad Dog, why, I don't know because I was a sweet boy! Whistle was something else, he inherited his dad's western store, Ryon's Western Wear down in the stockyards, had a beautiful wife and family, and a large house on Eagle Mountain lake.
But, like me he had an affinity for sex, drugs and rock and roll and his passion, gambling, in which he lost most of his wealth and his wife's in Vegas. There were many times she would have to bail him out and eventually they split up and he was left to his own device! About the time he begin to lose his wealth I got saved and set free from a $2000 a week cocaine addiction. One rainy day I went down to the sleazy apartment he was living in and met him coming out and I said to him, "I have something to tell you!"
We went back in and I proceeded to tell him how God had saved me and set me free from drugs and told him He would do the same for him! He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "Mad Dog, I know what you are saying is true, but I am having too much fun!" That was the last time I saw him alive, as a month or so after our visit he was coming home one night and lost control of his Suburban and it threw him out, rolling over him and crushed his body! His wife called me at 4:00 am and I went to the hospital where he was on life support, unconscious and clinically dead. A nurse came in that I knew from church and said, "The hearing is the last to go!" The Lord spoke and said, "Lead him to me!" So I proceeded to lead him to Jesus by faith and he died!
"But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul is required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?" "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:20,21
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin