© 2019 Bill Murphy
Carol and I host a small home-group Bible study on Thursday nights. Recently our topic was Christian influence. Our question was, who in your past was a positive, Christian influence in your life? Not wanting to name someone from the ‘standard list,’ such as a great-uncle, grandmother, or a Bible hero, I went back to the 1950s, to a school and neighborhood pal, David Walker. Mom and Dad taught me to always say thank you, and this thank you David, is long overdue!
Scripture tells us that it’s the little foxes that spoil the grapes. It’s also little items that also speak positive volumes of truth.
Some wear their Christianity like a jacket, when it’s ‘needed.’ Not David. He always kept his ‘jacket’ on. But it was NEVER worn in a boastful or self-righteous manner. Far from it! The ‘little fox’ I best remember about David was the notebook he carried to and from school at Enochs Junior High. Written in his own hand across the front were the words JESUS SAVES. He carried it quietly, yet purposefully, like a traveling billboard, proclaiming that profound and fantastic truth to all who saw it. David was never ashamed to be linked with our Savior.
I believe he went to Griffith (Baptist) Church. I went to Grace (Methodist). My grandparents on mother’s side were Baptist, and Methodist on dad’s. A few times, questions of ‘doctrine’ reared their ugly heads. But little things, like David’s calm faith, and his willingness/eagerness to carry that notebook to school, did wonders to chop off the heads of those ugly questions.
I’d already given my heart to Jesus years before. But David, and that blue notebook he always carried, stood like a true soldier of the cross before me, leading the way. I looked UP to that, respected it, and was eternally thankful for it. As I said before, I’m so very thankful for what he probably never knew he was doing to and for my heart and spirit way back then. Thanks David!