Last week, while cleaning up my word files, I came across some notes I had written a few years back, I thought I would share them with you.
At the time Doug celebrated his twentieth birthday, (13th October 1955) he was self employed. He worked long hours in the bush cutting 5ft timber for boilers between Monday and Friday and he wandered aimlessly through the weekends. He thought he had a great life but in hindsight his life was a drab monochrome one. It was becoming a Christian which changed everything. Becoming a Christian brought life, energy and vibrancy to his existence.
Doug didn’t want to have a bar of Bluey Rowe’s invitations to ‘come back to the Salvos’ because as he said, he didn’t want a boring life. (Bluey was killed tragically that year see ‘icecreams page 215) Doug couldn’t see it but he already had a boring life. Coming to Christ added so many more dimensions. Apart from the supernatural change which took place, linking him back to God, his circle of friends quadrupled. Now, he had a reason to get out of bed on Sunday mornings. Doug was having regular fellowship, not only on Sundays but in smaller gatherings like youth group, prayer meetings and Corps Cadets. He also learned to play a musical instrument and joined the band. His life was enriched by the camaraderie that goes on when men meet in a regular group.
Doug possessed two tea-chests full of paperback books, stories of Cowboys, War stories, and Murder mysteries etc which he avidly read. Now, because he was involved in study and research his reading material was somewhat improved. Doug was also travelling to functions and meeting new people. He had swapped aimlessness for goals, being a loner for relationship and a sense of belonging.
Oh yes! When Doug came to Christ it was like someone switched a light on in his life. The bible says about Jesus. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light….out of Darkness light shone.” (Matthew 4:16)
Doug and his sister Lillian