As I’ve stated many times, I don’t care much for “forwarded” e-mails.  I usually just delete any e-mail that is classified as “forwarded”.  I don’t have time to sit at the computer hour after hour, reading  whatever someone else found interested on their e-mail and assumed that I needed to see it also.

I just wanted to say that occasionally, I’ve actually opened a “forwarded” e-mail by accident or from someone who doesn’t usually send me “forwarded” e-mails.  One individual like that sent  one the other day.  It was titled, “Advice from a Cactus”. The advice was clean, humorous, and encouraging. The following were:

1. Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

2. How long a minute is, depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on.

3. Birthdays are good for you; the more you have, the longer you live.

4. Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

5. Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?

6. Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.

7. If Walmart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is free yet?

8. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

9. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

10. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

11. Working for God on earth does not pay much, but His retirement plan is out of this world.

I always read it when James Meskin sends me something.  I was startled several years ago when I received my first e-mail from him.  He asked me: "Are you the same Spurlock #10225 that I worked with on 3A19 on May 5, 25, 26, 1961, and on 3X75 on May 27, 1961?  The Watch Commander was Sgt. Herrera."  From that information, I knew I had worked with him on the Los Angeles Police Department.  I was impressed with his “memory”, except I knew that he apparently had saved all his old pocket notebooks which would have recorded that.  I’m always impressed with the ability of people to remember things, but do you know that God is keeping a comprehensive diary of our life.  MALACHI 3:16 calls it His Book of Remembrance.  It’s a complete record of our life, but there is one exception.  1 JOHN 1:9 states, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  PSALM 103:12 says He puts them as far as the east is from the west, and MICAH 7:19 tells us He casts them into the depths of the sea.  I'm thankful for that.  Only those confessed sins will not be included on God’s Book of Remembrance of our life. Without His forgiveness, we'd have to give an account for EVERYTHING we have done, good or bad (II COR. 5:10). That’s truly frightening!"  

Jesse R. Spurlock

Pastor Emeritus,

Highland Park Baptist Church