The following is an excerpt from Dr. Layne’s book, “Called unto a reasonable service.”

We were poor but we always had something to eat. I remember living in an old farmhouse that had an old “Home Comfort” wood cook stove.

One winter, between my grandpa’s paycheck, we got down to macaroni in tomatoes, fried potatoes with cornbread. I will have to say it tasted so good. But when you have no other choice you learn to enjoy what is set before you. We knew nothing about McDonald’s as they didn’t exist in our neck of the woods. Ray Kroc hadn’t bought the McDonald brothers out yet. I was about 18 years of age before I ever saw a McDonald’s.

If it were possible to locate my permanent school record it would show multiple schools and addresses. I took an inventory one time and was able to recall at least 22 different moves during my school years. Sometimes we relocated within the same school district but not always. I attribute my ability to easily meeting people to the whole notion that at an early age I was forced to meet new people. It molded me for what I do today in ministry and business life. I enjoy meeting people and getting to know them. I like being around people and having association with them. I enjoy hearing of their triumphs and their discouragements. It is through having learned to listen that I have learned how to minister to people.

Forrest was my step-grandpa. He was a short man who had survived three and a half years in the Pacific during World War II. I always enjoyed hearing him talk about being in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Solomon Island and other places. Forrest was in the 37th Division of Army out of Ohio.

Some of the pictures he had of the war were amazing. When he returned home at the end of the was life was not the same for him. He had contracted malaria fever during his time overseas, as many veterans had. He and my grandmother met in about 1949. I understand during those days when an airplane would fly over he was looking for a place to take cover. And, if a car backfired, he was really looking for cover.

I will admit to the fact that I was not an honor roll student. I was about average at best. I was a dreamer. I could go around the world and never leave my seat. I could dream of doing things like being a police officer, and I later was. I could dream of playing musical instruments before a crowd of people, and I would later do that. I dreamed of preaching the Gospel, and that dream came to fruition also.

I saw a passage in the Bible that says, “Without a vision my people perish. My dreams became a catalyst for my survival over the years. It is one thing to have a dream but, quite a nother to activate the dream. I found it to be so important to focus my dreams in such a way that I could them to fruition.”

Don’t give up on your dreams. Regardless your age, dreams are possible. Col. Sanders wasn’t a spring CHICKEN when he got started with the KFC business.

The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or at Join Dr. Layne on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for a study time at The Fine Grind, 120 E. Wahington St. Greensburg.

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