“…A few days later, he left town, and I didn’t see him again for nearly 60 years…”

Image result for caricature of two boys fightingI did something that I’ve not often done, but he deserved it… and I accommodated him.  I “cold-cocked” him right across the chin….sending his “skinny-self” to the sidewalk. I had been telling him…”don’t do that!” He had been running his mouth in front of some other people, cussing, using some “sign language,” that was un-becoming of a person claiming to be a “nice guy.” I was brought up different then he… apparently; but I was DETERMINED to “teach him a lesson.”  A few months later, he left town, and I didn’t see him again for nearly 60 years. He was 14, and I had just turned 15.  He “joined the army,” at age 15.  Today…. He’s one of my best friends, and I VALUE his friendship.  Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way.  He was the student…. I…was the teacher. We’re all “teachers,” to a great extent, and cussing in front of the 5th graders was not appropriate. I recently visited a school “event” where a teacher was having to turn around and tell a 6th grader to act in a certain manner. As soon as she turned her back… he was “acting up” to impress the younger children. Over and over … she told him. This young lad, through his bad example… was teaching the younger students to “disobey authority.” The younger kids were “looking up to him,” and he “miss-used his status.” We have a responsibility to “act a certain” way… throughout life. We NEVER know who is observing us. My friend of 60 years ago had to learn the hard way.   On that particular day…. I was his teacher, and I think that I made an “impression” on him. We are told in 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Titus 2:7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity. Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. …Blessings… cjlb…5/7/15

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About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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