All in all, I have a pretty good and blessed life. I am 57 years old and have a good income, have never been married and live with my mother who is 84, but still cooks for her and I and keeps the house clean. I could look back on my life and consider sadly all the years I have spent being single, but I prefer to count the blessings I have and not dwell on any regrets that I have never had a wife or kids and probably never will.
I have a lot of nieces and nephews that I can spend time with and am blessed with good relationships with my family and my fellow Christians at the local church of Christ where I attend worship and bible study three times a week. I come from a family of seven children, so have always had plenty of people around me and it has been a great blessing.
I miss my dad, who was a preacher of the gospel for 50 years, mostly in recent years up in the state of Maine. He, my Mom and I moved here to Waycross, Ga. almost eight years ago to be near my only sister who lives here and before our first year was out Dad passed on having suffered from a heart condition for about 15 years.
I still miss him and the wisdom he used to bring to me and all others that heard him preach. He was a self-taught bible scholar and much of what I know of the scriptures I learned through his influence. He taught me to revere the scriptures and to write them on my heart (Proverbs 7:1-2). His love for the scriptures lives on through his children and those he taught from the pulpit and he is sorely missed, though we all will see him again, as God wills, when this life is over.
One learns much from those that preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:21). It is through the preaching of the gospel that many of us first learn of God and hear the gospel, though it should be our own self-study, perhaps guided by another, that leads us to obey the gospel and seek to live the godly life. That is why everyone should attend worship (which includes preaching) regularly where the truth is taught.
The only place I know where the truth is taught that does not go beyond what is written (1 Cor 4:6, NKJV) is the local church of Christ, although some of these may practice things that are not found in scripture also, it is the best place to start (and finish). We mush compare everything we hear and see practiced there to what the scriptures say and not just accept things and neglect to study it for ourselves (See 2 Timothy 3:16,17 and 2 TImothy 2:15).
We need each other in this life and just associating with and worshiping with other Christians (those of like faith) goes a long way in keeping us on the path of righteousness so that we may live a godly life. When we see others serving God to the best of their ability (although some may not) we are encouraged and uplifted in spirit to do the same.
God never intended for us to go it alone, but established the church that we may all learn and grow together, so that we may inherit eternal life as Jesus has promised the faithful. We cannot live our lives for God all alone.
May God bless and keep you till next time.