“My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.” Job 23:11

Where in the world would we be without directions? Whether it be on which way to go, how to put something together, or how to live, we all need directions and a path or track to follow.

One of Mikey’s favorite birthday presents was an incredible miniature model of Tweetsie Railroad that was put together and painted in intricate detail by my great-nephew, Nicholas Harding. Nicholas knows what he is doing. He has eaten, drank and slept Tweetsie Railroad since he was a tiny child. He and Mikey would run a close race on who should be called “Mr. Tweetsie.” Each little detail of the train, right down to placing it on its own set of tracks was done with attention and love. Nick knew what to do and where to place things on the train because he has studied and followed every detail our favorite train has to offer. This act of love and kindness turned out not to be just for Mikey, it has had a ripple effect on all of us that have had the pleasure to see it.

Nicholas didn’t need directions to follow, he followed his head and his heart with the things he had seen and experienced throughout his years of admiring the train. He not only learned from looking at the train, but also by talking with the engineers, the train shop personnel, the conductor, the park staff and others that knew what they were doing.

This simple act of kindness has had an effect on me personally. I suppose as we get older and experience things in the autumn of our lives we look at them more closely. Just as a beloved train that has followed the same track over and over for all these years, we must do as the scripture tells us. Our feet should follow the steps of Christ. We are to keep to His ways without turning aside. Really, when you think of it, the way ahead is easier to follow if you have a direct path or track to follow. If we stay of the track that God would have us to go, His direction will never lead us wrong. Even though we might go through rough territory, our destination will be a perfect one.

As we go through this week, let’s make a conscious effort to look at and make sure that we don’t jump the track. Let Jesus direct your days and study His Word. Jesus is the great engineer that can keep our lives on track. Think about it!

PRAYER TIME: Please pray for John Landeau, Patsy McGuire, Paul Moody, Louise Greene, Margaret and Rudy Hartley, Pat McNeill, Kathy Pennell, Eddie Bentley, Mikey Pitts, Lorene Eidson, Butch Pitts, Ann Greene, Matthew Ford, Christopher Teams and his grandmother, Blanche, Joe Greene, Mary Hicks, Mabel Church, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham and her parents, Brenda Lentz, Marshall and Doris Edwards, Marie Moody, Adam Lewis, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Marilyn Crisp, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Anna Lee Lawrence, Jewel Moody, Jill Dixon, James Sigmon, Jim Greene, Recie Craig, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Abby Hayslett on June 14th, to Ann Williams on June 15th, to my sister, Betsy Payne and Perry Coffey on June 16th and to Mary Phillips on June 19th. May the good Lord bless you in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: The graduates of Watauga High School who will graduate on Friday evening. One of these special graduates is my grandson, Jack Lawrence. Blessings to you all in the journey of your lives.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO: Tom and Jo Anne Alexander of June 13th, to Bush and Debbie Lindenmuth on June 14th and to Reggie and Ellen Bray on June 15th. May the good Lord bless you with many more years together.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “People who sing their own praises usually do so without accompaniment!”

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