STILL BLESSED Andy Hollifield 10-6-18
Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
That is just the best title I could come up with. I truly am loaded with benefits on a daily basis by the Lord. The first week of October has for years been a big week to be celebrated in my life. Oct. 2nd, 1973, the Lord saved a little eight year old boy and changed not only my eternal destiny but the course of my life forever. On Oct. 4th in 2003, we signed the papers to buy the land we now live on. Also on the 4th in 1983, I was admitted to NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. On the ninth in 2007, I don’t celebrate it but my life was once again changed forever with the passing of my dad. I celebrate the fact that God heard and answered prayers, although some answers weren’t to our liking. Instead of giving the answer here, he healed daddy of cancer that morning when he called him home to glory. The hurt may subside with time but the missing never changes. On the 6th of October in 1983, the Lord blessed me with a kidney transplant from my older brother. That has been 35 years ago today. One of the longest lasting kidney transplants from a brother is 41 years as of 2006. As of 2010 one gentleman was 44 years post transplant with a kidney and is the fifth longest lasting.
That is only a few of my blessings and I couldn’t begin to count them all. God has not only preserved my life but most definitely enriched it. He has blessed me with a good career that I had dreamed of as a child and had the privilege of doing for over 25 years driving a truck. He has blessed me with quick healing in joint replacement surgeries and has given me good health throughout my life. I have only two years ago became a diabetic which is the number one question you get when you say kidney transplant. He blessed me with excellent doctors both here and in Winston-Salem.
He enriched my life by calling me to preach the gospel in June of 1986 and has allowed me to preach in various places and be a supply pastor several times and be a regular pastor once. I have been blessed to do mission work traveling all over the country and also operate H.O.P.E. Ministries which is a local food ministry. It is supported by nearly a dozen churches in several western North Carolina counties. He has allowed me to work extensively with crisis pregnancy centers, domestic violence shelters, and public schools in western North Carolina meeting physical needs and distributing the gospel. My son that God blessed me with has spent a lot of time in a truck doing mission work. Even as a baby I had the privilege to strap his car seat in a truck and take him and his mom to Kentucky on mission trips. They also accompanied me to Mississippi and Louisiana following hurricane Katrina. Our ministry has also been active in disaster relief. I realized just a while back that a lot of the United States that I have seen is due to the mission work I have been blessed to do. Not only have I been able to do work with my wife and son, but was privileged to work closely in mission work with my parents. They set a good example for me to follow. Through ministry, God has blessed me tremendously with some of the best friends a man could ever hope to have. He has also displayed his miracle-working power time and time again both to me and also in my presence on other occasions.
From a life that seemed like it was nearly over in 1983 to a life fulfilled with the goodness, mercy, and grace of God. What more could a man ask for than what God has already given? If he had just saved my soul and left me to make it on my own, he would have been justified. But to have him daily loading me with benefits is more than I could have ever imagined back in 1983 when I was going to dialysis three days a week for four hours a day. When I look at where I was then and where I am now, it’s a mighty long way from where I could have been. I am not trying to lift myself up but only to praise him on this very special day in my life. Thanks to him I am “Still Blessed.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!