It is Sunday morning June 29. I am at church early today and I get the awesome joy of having my three grandchildren in church with me. Joel and Lydia live in Florida and I do not get to see them as often as we like so when they come visit us, it is a real treat. Lucy, My other granddaughter, lives locally but to tell you the truth although I see her usually several times a week, it is not as often as I would like.  Lydia, was recently asked how her summer vacation was going and she said, “It’s fine but it will be better when I get to Michigan to see my MeMe and Papa.  When I go there I can be with ‘my people’.”  She is only nine years old but she realizes the value of family and friends both near and far. We all need to learn that friends, relatives, neighbors, and work associates are of great value. Russ is a member of our church and he works with a small crew at our local school system. This weekend two of his work associates died unexpectantly. Russ said, “It makes you think and it makes you more appreciative of your colleagues, family and friends.” John Maxwell wrote a book that I am re-reading entitled, “The Power of One.” It is based upon the Golden Rule of the Bible and it talks about the power of treating each person the way you would like to be treated. I have heard it said, that it would be even better to treat others the way ‘they’ want to be treated.  

When I was twelve years old my parents and I moved from my home in Marion, Ohio to Ontario, Ohio.  My world was shattered when word reached me that a half dozen of my friends had decided to take a raft out on a farm pond and the raft capsized sending all of them into the water. Two of my friends could not swim and did not make it to shore. Gary, my best friend did not make it. Grief struck my little heart and I was in deep mourning. A few days later I attended the County Fair with a schoolmate that had a horse in the 4-H competition. My parents thought it would be a good way to cheer me up. At the fair, I soon ran out of money and found that all the free exhibits were for adults. Suddenly,  as I was having a pity party, a man asked me if I wanted to attend a free movie. The movie was about Jesus and after the movie the man touched my heart when he said, “There is someone here who needs a friend. A friend that would stick closer than a brother and that friend is Jesus.” Oh my, I needed a friend so that day in a mobile chapel, I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. He is and has been a friend that sticks closer than a brother now for 47 years. Relatives, friends, neighbors, work associates, and Jesus are very important to me and remain the reason for my full and abundant life.

Published by People Pastor Dr. Bill Fix

Bill Fix loves people as he lives a fulfilling life. He has written several books and has continued to minister as "The People Pastor" since his retirement as a Lead Pastor. His most incredible thrill is witnessing people excel in their spiritual life. He was a Lead Pastor for thirty-seven years and has equipped hundreds of people to do various ministries in their church and community. Currently, he is a Director on the Board at Community Care Services and is a member of The Taylor Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force. Pastor Bill and his faithful wife Dottie recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. They have two adult daughters married to Godly men, four grandchildren, and are looking forward to being Great Grandparents. Pastor Bill and Dottie are blessed. Pastor Bill Fix began his pastoral career as a children's pastor and has written several children's books. He gives his parents credit for grounding him with principles and truths about life. He knows what good parenting is. His book New Dad Genius is for new dads. Pastor Bill and his entire family have performed illusion programs for hundreds of audiences in and outside the church as a hobby and ministry. He has used ventriloquism, puppetry, art, comedy and more to illustrate a message and put smiles on faces. The People Pastor Bill Fix has a ThD, enjoys education, and has many hobbies like writing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. This author is a popular officiant at weddings, funerals, home dedications, and other pastoral services. He desires to be a blessing as he lives out Matthew 5:16, his life verse. His books reflect who Pastor Bill is and what he believes.

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